Hollywood superstar, Matt Damon is known to be a big sports fan and while American sports are known for their huge crowds and spectacular atmosphere, the actor recounted that the craziest sporting event he has ever attended is a Boca Juniors game in Argentina.
The 50-year-old who is married to Luciana Barroso who is Argentinian, recently opened up on the most memorable sporting event he ever attended on the Hot Ones Show, with the game in question understood to be the 2008 Apertura Tournament which saw Boca prevail over San Lorenzo and Tigre.
”Good question. The way people cheer on European football is amazing, I highly recommend it to any American who travels and has the opportunity to buy some tickets and go to the stadium. It's really fun, it's worth it ”, began his answer, before highlighting his experience in Argentina.
“The craziest thing I've seen without a doubt was a soccer game in Argentina. My wife is Argentine, we went to spend a Christmas 11 or 12 years ago. His family is a fan of Boca Juniors, which is a very popular team in Buenos Aires and was supposed to play in a final. I said to my wife's uncle, 'Hey, can we go to this game?' And he got very serious and said, 'We can go, we can go ... without women or children.' I said that?'. I was thinking of taking the boys and going. But I understood why when we went.
“We had to go through three police checkpoints. There were fences with barbed wire, I mean, it was totally crazy. There were policemen in riot gear. If this were the field, people were sitting here and here. From both sides. But there was no one sitting here, in the best seats. Because that was a place where people could throw things and hit themselves.
"Our team won, the fans of the other team were leaving and as they raised the trophy I said, 'We should go.' But we had to stay there because they needed time for the other team to leave the neighborhood. You had to give them about 45 minutes for that. When they let us out, they actually held us like some kind of cage, I asked 'What do we expect now?' And he told me that they still needed another five minutes for them to leave. It was really crazy ”, he concluded about the game that took place at the Cilindro de Avellaneda, the Racing Club stadium.
The actor in the past has confirmed that he remains a Boca Juniors fan, joking that he needs to be if he wants to be a part of his family.