*First Time Seen* 2008 Beijing Olympic Gold Winners Football Men Medal with Silk Box , Case & Winner's Bouquet - Argentina's MESSI Iconic Team.
*Provenance: 2008 Olympics Argentina Olympic Member*
It was four years ago that the Albiceleste made history by winning Argentina's first ever Olympic gold medal. In doing so they compiled a perfect record of six wins out of six and no goals conceded, a feat that had many people asking whether it could ever be matched. They did not have long to wait for their answer. In front of record crowds at Beijing 2008, the South Americans proved they were in a class of their own, winning all six of their matches to climb to the top of the podium yet again.
Although the statistics might suggest otherwise, Sergio Batista's side were made to work hard for their triumph. After edging past Côte d'Ivoire (2-1), Australia (1-0) and Serbia (2-0) in a tough group phase, they came up against a formidable Dutch outfit in the quarter-finals and needed a superb extra-time strike from Angel Di Maria to keep their title defence on course and set up a semi-final with Brazil. In what turned out to be the match of the tournament, Sergio Aguero was on target twice to catapult the reigning champions to an emphatic 3-0 win. And while the final against Nigeria was no classic, Argentina claimed gold and a new Olympic record of 12 straight wins with another sublime goal from Di Maria, the revelation of the tournament.
The gold medallists unveiled another star in goalkeeper Sergio Romero, who proved a more than adequate deputy for the unfortunate Oscar Ustari. Romero, a FIFA U-20 World Cup winner last year in 2007, did not concede a single goal in 315 minutes of action in Beijing. Defender Nicolas Pareja was another stand-out for the champions, while Di Maria made an even greater impact. The Benfica midfielder started the competition on the bench, but played a vital part in Argentina's success with those match-winning goals against Netherlands and Nigeria.
Among the more established names, Juan Roman Riquelme was his usual scheming self, Lionel Messi posed defenders more problems than anyone else in the tournament, and Javier Mascherano, the only survivor from the Athens 2004 squad, made history by becoming the first Argentinian to pocket two Olympic gold medals.
It includes original silk box,original case, medal and bouquet.
The medal is housed in its original case (Case, 6 3/4 by 6 3/4 by 2 5/8 inches)
Bouquet details: Original ribbon and the tall of the Bouquet is 27.5 cm!!