Nobody wanted to miss the opportunity to see Lionel Messi close up. Not even the policemen who were not part of the Argentine team escort and who were already in the last minutes of the huge, long and exhausting operation for the match of Qualifying for the Qatar-2022 World Cup that Colombia ended up drawing 2-2 against ‘La Albiceleste’, last Tuesday at the Roberto Meléndez Metropolitan Stadium.
About 15 uniformed men settled on the second floor, in the western Baja corridor that overlooks the internal parking lot, to try to record and see the gaucho players as close as possible, especially the crack of Barcelona.
They were not alone. It was already 9:40 p.m., almost all the fans had evacuated the stage, except for a family from the interior of the country and some other fans, no more than ten, who had somehow accessed the internal parking lot where the two were buses waiting for the members of the foreign delegation.
The fans calmly watched the movement of logistics devices, implementation and all the paraphernalia behind the ball show, waiting for the idol to appear.
At that time the bus of the Colombia team had already left for the hotel Hilton Garden Inn, without the cartagenero Wilmar Barrios, that at 9:44 pm he appeared in the internal parking lot accompanied by someone from the Colombian delegation and a couple of security men.