Argentina is a country that gives itself freely to romantic notions—after all, the tango dance originated along the Río de la Plata—and soccer is, at this stage of the World Cup, everything. The team is Argentina. That statement might seem grandiose, but it is easy to draw parallels: the national team of a highly efficient and organized country like Germany plays like a machine; and, as the head of emerging market strategy at global financial services firm UBS AG Geoffrey Dennis said, Brazil’s devastating 7-1 semifinal loss could be bearish for stocks and lead people to question the country’s economic health.

Should Argentina win it all, no matter how things might sour, the populace that kisses its jerseys, lets the tears flow freely, and throws its heads back to the sky when its team plays will have something all the world admires and respects to cling to and hold up. In keeping with Dennis’s train of thought, a win may even herald positive change and have people believing in a turnaround. Just as Messi powers down the field, always popping back up when knocked down and emerging with the ball even in the most unbelievable circumstances, Argentina is resilient.

Plus, no matter what happens, the Pope is still Argentine.

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