Ankara: how Lionel Messi's new nickname was born, and what does it mean.


The comedian and streamer Lucas Rodríguez took the story of La Pulga in Catalan to make the new nickname that is all the rage on the networks. Fans, journalists, and even the Argentine Professional League have already adopted it.

Lionel Messi is a world-renowned figure. Several nicknames refer to the Argentine footballer who does not stop breaking records with both the Barcelona shirt and that of the national team. But since the beginning of the Copa América, a striking nickname appeared in the field of social networks, and little by little, it is gaining repercussion as the days go by. 'Ankara' came to dethrone Pulga as the favorite reference of 10.

Its creator was Lucas Rodríguez, a comedian and streamer. He creates daily content related to football on the platforms Twitch and Booyah! It all started with Joaquim Maria Puyal's account in Catalan of Messi's historic goal against Getafe on April 18, 2007, in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals. In it, you can hear how the Spanish journalist increases his euphoria as the Argentine star leaves the entire rival team on the road.

Twenty-two times, he names Lionel's last name accompanied by the word 'Ankara's, which in the favorite language of the city of Barcelona means 'still' about the fact that Lionel did not lose possession of the ball during the magnificent maneuver. 

It was funny to me, and I started saying Ankara to Messi, and some people joined.

It's kind of embarrassing to tell it because it doesn't contain any jokes. It only starts from the stupidity of total nonsense", explained Luquitas in a talk with Filo News about his creation.

The truth is that his community transferred the new nickname to social networks, mainly Twitter, where he made it known to those who were not familiar with the comedian. The rebound had an international effect due to a publication of the Professional Football League, where a photo of Messi appears with 'Ankara' as the caption. It received a response from the official profile of the capital of Turkey. "Buenos Aires," he wrote next to a celestial heart, the flag of the European country, and a goat about the initials GOAT. 

In addition, during the last transmission of the match between Argentina and Bolivia, the Public TV reporter, Pablo Giralt, released the nickname in what was the play before the fourth Albiceleste goal scored by Lautaro Martínez. "Messi goes, Ankara, Ankara Messi as Luquitas would say," he exclaimed before La Pulga enabled Marcos Acuña to shoot the low center. Thus, Lionel's new reference seems to have solidified among the football public with repercussions in various digital media and more than present in social networks (Ankara was TT on the star's 34th birthday).

Who is Lucas Rodríguez, its creator? The streamer was born on March 21, 1992, in Buenos Aires. He always had a special love for football, especially with the club he is a fan of, Boca Juniors. Although his first intention was to study sports journalism, he gave up the attempt and turned his life towards the plane of humor. His first steps were taken in the Paseo de La Plaza, where he took a stand-up course and met his work duo until recently, Roberto Galati.

The comedian also stood out in the world of soccer before 'Ankara' with the creation of 'La Teoría' about some striking attitudes of Colombian footballers on the playing field. "It means that they play without any context. For better and for worse. For the same reason that Juanfer Quintero scored the goal in Madrid, Campuzano and Carrascal are cast one day apart", he explained during one of his broadcasts.

His sayings greatly impacted sports programs in Argentina, where they agreed with him based on events that happened with Colombian players in the following weeks. Luquitas's influence grows slowly in the South American soccer field. His creativity when creating content greatly impacts the public that usually consumes social networks and streaming platforms. To the point that he gave Messi a new nickname. The flea. Or Ankara.