World Cup 2014

World Cup Memories: The day Real Salt Lake star Javier Morales momentarily abandoned Argentina

In 12 days soccer fans around the world will pour plenty of hours and a lot more emotion into the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. But imagine watching an entire tournament and then getting to the last game -- the last goal -- and just turning your back. 

Tough to think that Real Salt Lake's Argentine playmaker Javier Morales, who's usually cool and calm in MLS play, couldn't take it anymore when his home country battled West Germany in the 1986 final.


I was six years old and Argentina was winning 2-0 [after 73 minutes]. And I was so happy. And then Germany tied [it at 2-2 just eight minutes later], and I said, "Ah, forget it!" And I went outside.

And then I heard my parents and my family screaming at the TV. I came back and Argentina scored — it was 3-2. Just three minutes after giving up the equalizer, Argentina scored in the 84th minute to take a 3-2 lead and, eventually win. That is my best memory of the World Cup.

It was great. And that was a little lesson for me. I learned that you have to keep fighting and never stop. Argentina came back and won.

Twenty-eight years later, the memory is right here. [Morales points to his head.] It's tough to remember things from when you were 6 or 7 years old, but this — I keep that in my mind.

Then after that, we went to the streets and celebrated. It was pretty cool.

Would you ever turn your back on the TV during a match your team/country is playing? Are you the type to believe until the very end? Let us know in the commments section below if you've ever done what Morales did:

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