- Nicolas Otamendi has unveiled the latest addition to his extensive collection of body art
- His latest tattoo pays tribute to Lionel Messi and Argentina's success in the 2022 World Cup
- The Benfica defender, who played every minute of the tournament, got his first tattoo at 14
Argentina defender, Nicolas Otamendi has unveiled a stunning tattoo dedicated to Lionel Messi.
Otamendi paid special thanks to his captain, whose seven goals inspired La Albiceleste to a third World Cup triumph in Qatar last December.
The celebrations following that victory in the Middle East have continued for several months, with unflappable centre-half, Otamendi the most recent to receive a permanent memento of what Messi accomplished.
Otamendi gets Messi-inspired tattoo
Otamendi's amazing tattoo was unveiled in a heartfelt video shared on social media, per GOAL.
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The clip showcases the full production process, which was accompanied by one of Argentina's most famous World Cup anthems.
The design of the tattoo features Messi holding and kissing the World Cup trophy after Argentina defeated France in the tournament final in Qatar.
His tattoo also features images of the Finalissima and the Copa America trophies, the other two that Argentina has won recently.
Otamendi receives Messi-inspired tattoo
In an interview, the 35-year-old defender revealed he had developed a love for tattoos as a teenager.
"People always ask me about them. I had my first done when I was 14, and each one has some significance to it" he said, as quoted by bodyartguru.
Fans rush for Messi tattoo
In a related article, Sports Brief also reported on Argentina fans lining up in Buenos Aires to get tattoos of their champion captain, Messi and the World Cup trophy the nation won.
According to tattoo artist, Esteban Vucinovich, the trophy is most requested for skin art, followed by Messi and Emiliano Martinez, La Albiceleste's game-winning goalkeeper.
The body art of Argentine athletes like Angel Di Maria, who most recently wore a World Cup tattoo on his right thigh, have inspired a lot of followers to get tattoos of their own.