It was the turn Argentinians and Chileans to stand alongside and take pictures with sport’s ultimate prize this week, as the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola passed through the two South American countries.
Former footballers, fans and dignitaries gathered in both Santiago and Buenos Airies, where their excitement for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, for which La Roja and La Albiceleste have both quaified, was taken to new levels by the sight of Silvio Gazzaniga’s work of art.
“We have never had so much coverage and media attention in the history of Coca-Cola Chile,” said the company’s Chilean president.
The tour’s next stop was Argentina, where a number of the nation's former FIFA World Cup winners, namely Leopoldo Luque, Mario Kempes, Sergio Batista, Jose Luis Brown, Oscar Garre, Julio Olarticoechea, Ricardo Bochini and Carlos Tapia, embraced the hallowed Trophy.
Luque said: “I remember the final whistle and the lap of honour, but the celebrations went so quickly that I hardly saw the Trophy. Now older and much more mature, being reunited with the Trophy helps me understand the magnitude of what it means to be a world champion.”
The FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola will travel 83 countries in 225 days, covering 138,902 kilometers in the process, before arriving in South Africa ahead of the 19th edition of the FIFA World Cup.