Tickets for Argentina’s game against Panama, their first since they lifted the 2022 FIFA World Cup, have sold out.
This was as more than 1,500,000 people tried to buy them in spite of high prices in a country battling with rising inflation.
The match will be played on March 23 at the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires, the largest in the country with capacity for 83,000 spectators.
Ticket prices, ranging from 12,000 to 49,000 Argentine pesos (59 dollars to 241 dollars), did not dampen demand with a virtual queue of 1,550,000 people.
The desire to watch Lionel Messi’s side also spread to local and international press.
Argentine Football Association President Claudio Tapia said the game had generated the “highest media demand in history” with over 131,000 accreditation requests.
“We’d love to be able to fulfill all of them, but we’d need two River (Monumental) stadiums, just for journalists. The madness for Argentina is absolute,” Tapia said on Twitter.
The friendly will be Argentina’s first game in front of their fans since beating France on penalty kicks in last year’s World Cup final in Qatar.
They were winning the title for the first time in 36 years and it sparked massive celebrations across the country.
Argentina also host Curacao on March 28 in the province of Santiago del Estero in front of 30,000 fans.