It has been Argentina’s unofficial anthem during World Cup 2022: “Muchachos, Ahora Nos Volvimos a Ilusionar” (Boys, we have our hopes up again)

has been sung with much fervor inside the stadiums, at Doha’s labyrinthine Souq Waqif and by players in Argentina’s dressing room.

The lyrics make reference to Argentina’s football legend, the late Diego Maradona, to the team’s current superstar Lionel Messi

to previous heart-breaking losses at the World Cup, to last year’s Copa American triumph, and the hopes now pinned on winning a third World Cup trophy in Qatar.

The song’s popularity surged on social media last year after Argentina defeated Brazil 1-0 in the Copa America final.

Earlier this year, Messi said that it was his favourite football chant and a video of him singing some of the words went viral online.

But what the fans and players are singing is an adapted version of the 2003 tune Muchachos by the Buenos Aires punk band La Mosca.

The lyrics have been rewritten by Argentina supporter Fernando Ramos. Translated into English, the song goes something like this:

I was born in Argentina land of Diego and Lionel, of the kids of Malvinas, that I will never forget. I can’t explain it to you because you won’t understand the finals we lost,

How many years have I mourned them But that’s over because in the Maracana, the final with the brazucas, dad beat them again. Boys, now we got excited again, I want to win the third

I want to be world champion and Diego, in the sky we can see him, with Don Diego and with la Tota, encouraging Lionel.