Argentine president Javier Milei was booed by Boca Juniors members this Sunday (17), when he attended the vote that will define the club’s next directors. Groups questioned his support for former president Mauricio Macri, who is on the opposition ticket in the elections.
A week after taking over as head of state, Milei arrived at La Bombonera stadium wearing a raincoat, the morning after a storm that brought severe consequences to the country and caused 15 deaths. Upon entering, he greeted some fans located in the main stand.
But minutes later, when news of his presence spread, Milei left the voting booth and was booed due to his open support for the opposition, which is running against the current ticket led by the club’s biggest idol, Juan Román Riquelme. The former football player made allegations to the newspapers about the opposition group’s alleged intention to privatize Boca.
Macri, candidate for vice president of the club by the opposition supported by Milei, arrived at the stadium and took just seven minutes to vote in one of the three booths installed on the pitch, amid a strong security operation organized by the presidential guard and the security of the club. Mouth.
Weeks before the presidential elections, Milei stated that he stopped being interested in Boca when “populism took hold in the club”, which was related to Riquelme’s return to the club.
“I was a Boca fan until Mr. Angelici [Daniel, ex-presidente do Boca] brought Riquelme to steal. I was no small fan of Boca, I supported Boca intensely, I have a star [como torcedor de destaque] in the museum and a cabin. It’s enough for me to live in a populist country; It would also be awesome to be a fan of a populist team”, said Milei at the time.
In this context, Milei declared support for Macri, former president of Argentina (2015-2019) and who led Boca between 1995 and 2007, a period in which the club won 17 titles, including four Copa Libertadores (2000, 2001, 2003 and 2007). ) and two Intercontinental Cups (2000 and 2003).
According to the club’s official channels, which have 94,188 members qualified to vote, more than 42,000 members participated in the election, a record number in the history of Boca, which had a discreet campaign this season. The greatest achievement was reaching the final of the Copa Libertadores, in which they were defeated by Fluminense in a close decision.