Uruguay Wins Copa America, Forcing Larissa Riquelme to Keep Her Clothes On [Gallery]

A 3-0 victory for Uruguay in last night’s Copa America final meant that busty Paraguay superfan Larissa Riquelme was unable to strip naked in celebration.

  • Paraguayan model Larissa Riquelme poses for photographers and fans from the tribune before the start of the quarter-final soccer match between Paraguay and Brazil at the Copa America in La Plata, July 17, 2011. Photo: NotiZulia Maracaibo/FlickrParaguayan model Larissa Riquelme poses for photographers and fans from the tribune before the start of the quarter-final soccer match between Paraguay and Brazil at the Copa America in La Plata, July 17, 2011. Photo: NotiZulia Maracaibo/Flickr
  • Paraguayan supporter Larissa Riquelme awaits the start of the 2011 Copa America quarter-final football matchagainst Brazil held at the Ciudad de La Plata stadium in La Plata, 59 Km south of Buenos Aires, on July 17, 2011. Photo: NotiZulia Maracaibo/FlickrParaguayan supporter Larissa Riquelme awaits the start of the 2011 Copa America quarter-final football matchagainst Brazil held at the Ciudad de La Plata stadium in La Plata, 59 Km south of Buenos Aires, on July 17, 2011. Photo: NotiZulia Maracaibo/Flickr
  • Paraguayan model Larissa Riquelme poses with fans before the start of the quarter-final soccer match between Paraguay and Brazil at the Copa America in La Plata, July 17, 2011. Photo: NotiZulia Maracaibo/FlickrParaguayan model Larissa Riquelme poses with fans before the start of the quarter-final soccer match between Paraguay and Brazil at the Copa America in La Plata, July 17, 2011. Photo: NotiZulia Maracaibo/Flickr
  • Paraguayan model Larissa Riquelme poses with fans before the start of the quarter-final soccer match between Paraguay and Brazil at the Copa America in La Plata, July 17, 2011. Photo: NotiZulia Maracaibo/FlickrParaguayan model Larissa Riquelme poses with fans before the start of the quarter-final soccer match between Paraguay and Brazil at the Copa America in La Plata, July 17, 2011. Photo: NotiZulia Maracaibo/Flickr
  • Paraguayan model Larissa Riquelme poses with fan before the start of the quarter-final soccer match between Paraguay and Brazil at the Copa America in La Plata, July 17, 2011. Photo: NotiZulia Maracaibo/FlickrParaguayan model Larissa Riquelme poses with fan before the start of the quarter-final soccer match between Paraguay and Brazil at the Copa America in La Plata, July 17, 2011. Photo: NotiZulia Maracaibo/Flickr
  • Paraguayan model Larissa Riquelme poses for photographers from the tribune before the start of the quarter-final soccer match between Paraguay and Brazil at the Copa America in La Plata, July 17, 2011. Photo: NotiZulia Maracaibo/FlickrParaguayan model Larissa Riquelme poses for photographers from the tribune before the start of the quarter-final soccer match between Paraguay and Brazil at the Copa America in La Plata, July 17, 2011. Photo: NotiZulia Maracaibo/Flickr
  • Paraguayan model Larissa Riquelme poses with fans before the start of the quarter-final soccer match between Paraguay and Brazil at the Copa America in La Plata, July 17, 2011. Photo: NotiZulia Maracaibo/FlickrParaguayan model Larissa Riquelme poses with fans before the start of the quarter-final soccer match between Paraguay and Brazil at the Copa America in La Plata, July 17, 2011. Photo: NotiZulia Maracaibo/Flickr
  • Paraguayan supporter Larissa Riquelme poses before a 2011 Copa America quarter-final football match held at the Ciudad de La Plata stadium in La Plata, 59 Km south of Buenos Aires, on July 17, 2011. Photo: NotiZulia Maracaibo/FlickrParaguayan supporter Larissa Riquelme poses before a 2011 Copa America quarter-final football match held at the Ciudad de La Plata stadium in La Plata, 59 Km south of Buenos Aires, on July 17, 2011. Photo: NotiZulia Maracaibo/Flickr

Sometimes TV cameras at sporting events like football cups turn their powerful focus from the field of play to the giddy and/or inconsolable masses in the stands.

And sometimes that focus sticks for more than just the few seconds until a beer ad can be readied or the athlete with a torn meniscus can be dragged off.

Photo: Larissa Riquelme/Flickr

In the case of model Larissa Riquelme, a Paraguay’s No. 1 fan, that focus is sticking and has quickly heaved her to international popularity with at least half the population that has seen her.

At this year’s Copa del America cup, Larissa Riquelme – similar but far less likely promise than at the 2010 World Cup – had promised her countrymen that she would get her kit off at the final whistle if Paraguay managed to best the duo of Luis Suarez and Diego Forlan.

“If Paraguay win the Copa America then, I shall pose nude on the pitch,” Riquelme had said prior to Paraguay’s meeting with Ecuador earlier in the competition.

Photo: Larissa Riquelme/Flickr

In the end, however, the team that managed to somehow make it to the Copa America final without a game (earning 3 points in the group stages and winning twice on penalties in the knock-out rounds), were routed 3-0 by a rampant Uruguay.

Diego Forlan struck twice for his country, with strike partner Luis Suarez helping to put the tie beyond plucky Paraguay. A proud Forlan later told reporters that with his victory, he had enshrined himself in South American folklore.

“My grandfather won it, my father won it and now I have won it. It is a pride for the family,” he said. “Three generations of my family have won this tournament – Forlan will be the last name in history of football.”

Photo: Larissa Riqulme/Flickr

Because of her emphatic support of her national team and the hypnosis she holds over cameras far and wide, Larissa Riquelme, has become one of the most popular names in Google and on Facebook and Twitter.

After losing their chance to join the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in the process last night, Paraguay’s next chance for glory and Larissa’s next hope for fulfilling her promise would appear to be the 2014 World Cup. It’s going to be a long three years. [Photos via NotiZulia Maracaibo/Flickr]

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