Carlos Pascual, better known as “Tula”, died this Wednesday in Buenos Aires after being hospitalized after undergoing an operation due to a serious illness.
The fan who was born in Rosario and sympathized with Central had accompanied the Argentine National Team unconditionally since 1974 – he had not missed a game since then. For this reason, he was the one who represented the Albiceleste fans in The Best awards for their tireless encouragement during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
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“I am part of the history of the World Cups,” said Tula in dialogue with Télam, referring to the fact that it was he who entered a soccer field with this instrument for the first time.
The man from Rosario became popular for his way of playing the bass drum and experienced in person the three World Cups that the National Team won, which is why he was chosen to represent the fans at the awards ceremony presented by FIFA.
If the Argentine fans win the FIFA Fan Award, the person in charge of receiving it will be Carlos 'Tula' Pascual. (Photo: FIFA)
At that ceremony, Tula met Lionel Messi backstage, while the star was waiting to go up to receive the FIFA ideal 11 award. “For a person from Rosario, nothing is better than another person from Rosario,” the fan told him, while Leo approached to greet him.
Tula met Lionel Messi at The Best awards. FIFA video
Tula, the Peronist militant who was at all the events
The bass drum, with which they seemed to be one, was a gift from former president Juan Domingo Perón in 1971, who at that time was in exile in Spain.
Tula was a renowned Peronist militant and had close ties with the leadership of the Justicialista Party, which is why he could be seen at events with his instrument.
The day Tula gave an exciting speech to represent the Argentine fans at The Best awards
In his The Best winner's speech, the man from Rosario moved more than one person. “As an Argentine I am very happy because we won all the awards. El Dibu, Scaloni, Messi. Now, as a fan, I am very happy because I am the first hype: Germany 1974. From that historic day to now I have been in all the World Cups and Americas Cups,” he began by saying.
“El Tula” received the award won by the Argentine fans. (Video: courtesy of TyC Sports / Photo: REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier)
“The satisfaction that Argentina gave me is priceless. I was there three times when we were world champions, but this last opportunity given to us by the best player in the world, Messi, the best coach, Scaloni, and the best goalkeeper, Dibu, is exciting. At this point, at 82 years old, I was everywhere. I'm poor, but I traveled all over the world. “I am another fan who comes to represent the thousands of Argentines who have been cheering on our beloved National Team,” he added.