River Plate fans request goalkeeper to stay
Fans of Argentinian football club River Plate started a campaign through Twitter trying to convince goalkeeper Marcelo Barovero to stay with the organization.
Among the hashtags “NoTeVayasTrapito” (Don’t Go Trapito) and “QuedateEnRiverTrapito” (Stay With River Trapito). Trapito is the goalie’s nickname. The fans decided to broadcast their request and it began to trend on the social network website on Wednesday, reports Xinhua under the slogan “this Thursday everyone to the Monumental (Stadium) to support Barovero”, the fans want everyone to attend the Copa Libertadores match against Sao Paulo (Brazil) wearing green as it is the color the goalkeeper plays in.
Under the slogan “this Thursday everyone to the Monumental (Stadium) to support Barovero”, the fans require everyone to attend the Copa Libertadores match against Sao Paulo (Brazil) wearing green as it is the color of the goalkeeper’s jersey.
The supporters’ “devotion” for the player became so great that his shirt was the most sold River Plate wares between the last two years.
The initiative came about after Barovero recently announced his decision to leave River in June due to “personal issues”.
Barovero, in his age of 32, joined River in the 2012-2013 season and suddenly became a celebrity.
The former Huracan and Velez Sarsfield goalkeeper has played 150 matches and won two local and four international titles with River Plate. Last year’s Copa Libertadores which was included in the international titles that which the team won for the first time in 19 years.
Semifinals of the Copa Sudamericana in 2014 against their biggest rivals, Boca Juniors was one of Barovero’s best moments for River club.In that match, Barovero denied a penalty from forward Emmanuel Gigliotti, who presently plays for Chinese team Chongqing Lifan.
Holding that penalty allowed River to win the series and they later went on to become the champions, the club’s first international title in 17 years.