EXPLAINER: Why are Argentines such ardent World Cup fans?


              Argentina's Lionel Messi greets cheering fans after his team's 3-0 win in the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Argentina and Croatia at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
            
              Fans celebrate at a watch party as Argentina scores a goal against Croatia Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022, in Miami Beach, Fla. Argentina defeated Croatia 3-0 to advance to the final game. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier, Pool)
            
              A fan of Argentina waves a flag with the image of late Argentinean soccer star Diego Maradona in Souq Waqif market in Doha, Qatar, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. Argentina will face France in the World Cup final match on Dec. 18. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
            
              Argentina soccer fans celebrate their team's victory over Croatia in a World Cup semifinal match, by the Obelisk in downtown Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
            
              Argentina soccer fans celebrate their team's opening goal a they watch the team's World Cup semifinal match against Croatia, hosted by Qatar, on a screen set up in the Palermo neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Gustavo Garello)
            Argentina soccer fans celebrate their team's victory in the semifinals World Cup match against Croatia, hosted by Qatar, at the Obelisk, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec.13, 2022. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd Argentina soccer fans celebrate their team's victory in the semifinals World Cup match against Croatia, hosted by Qatar, at the Obelisk, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec.13, 2022. (AP Photo/Gustavo Garello) Argentina soccer fans celebrate their team's victory over Croatia in a World Cup semifinal match after watching the game on a giant screen at a park in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano) Argentina fans celebrate in central Barcelona, Spain after the World Cup semi final soccer match between Argentina and Croatia in Qatar, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022. Argentina defeated Croatia 3-0. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) A fan of Argentina team poses for a photograph at the end of the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Argentina and Croatia played at the Lusail Stadium, in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022. Argentina won 3-0. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)