How Harsh Are World Cup Rivalries? Watch Argentina Fans Dance with Neymar’s Spine!
It’s no secret — soccer fans outside the United States take the game seriously. How serious? How about making fun of your biggest rival’s star’s broken back by dancing around with a human spine?!
Yeah, Argentina fans went there.
Brazilian star playmaker Neymar is out of the Fifa World Cup with a broken vertebrae suffered in this collision with Colombia’s Juan Camilo Zuniga in the second half of the teams’ quarterfinal.
The World Cup hosts won, 2-1, but their star playmaker would not have returned even if Germany hadn’t already blown Brazil out of the water.
That’s fine by Argentina! Brazil’s southern neighbor has two championships of its own and wants a third, in part to crown their star, Lionel Messi.
Argentinean fans in Brazil “celebrated” Neymar’s injury — and the dent it put in Brazil’s chances to be champion — by dancing in the streets with a replica of a human spine, chanting:
“Olé olé olé olé olá! Acá tenemos la columna de Neymar!”
Which translates to:
“Here we have the spine of Neymar!”
Ouch. Not even sure Alabama and Auburn fans would do that to each other. They just take it out on the foliage.