Paraguayan manager enlists his team to propose to his girlfriend

Paraguayan football manager enlists his team to propose to his girlfriend on the pitch before a game, with players holding up signs reading ‘MARRY ME’… before they are embarrassed 5-1 at home!

  • A football manager in Paraguay proposed to his partner with the help of players 
  • Celso Rafael Ayala asked his River Plate side to hold up letters saying ‘marry me’ 
  • The tears flowed at the stadium when his partner, Lili Benitez, quickly accepted 
  • But the good feeling was brought to an abrupt end after the team’s 5-1 defeat 

A football manager in Paraguay, with the help of his players, proposed to his girlfriend before a game this weekend – but the team then went on to lose 5-1. 

On what will be remembered as one of the best days of his life, Celso Rafael Ayala asked his River Plate side to hold up letters reading ‘Lili, marry me’ and proposed. 

He was also accompanied by his daughters, and those present struggled to contain their emotions when ‘Chito’ and his partner celebrated their engagement.

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A football manager in Paraguay has proposed to his girlfriend with the help of his players

Celso Rafael Ayala’s River Plate side held up letters spelling out ‘Lili, marry me’ before a match

For the special moment, Lili Benitez was led out on to the pitch and quickly welled up, having spotted the line of players holding up their letters.

After walking towards Chito and sharing a quick kiss, her husband-to-be then got down on one knee and presented her with the ring. 

Putting down their signs, his team then clapped and congratulated their coach, all while the tears kept flowing in emotional scenes.

‘Chito’ was also joined by his daughters and tears flowed as his partner walked towards them

Lili Benitez said yes to the proposal, and Chito then bent down to place the ring on her finger

The whole proposal was captured by the cameras of Tigo Sports at the River Plate Stadium, just minutes before the home side’s fixture against Guarani.

It was then business as usual as Chito’s focus turned to the game at hand, but he was made to suffer mixed feelings after watching his team concede five in a rout.

River Plate even found themselves three goals down at half-time, making for what would have been a sobering and red-faced pep talk from Chito.

The newly-engaged couple shared a kiss after the proposal while Chito’s players clapped them

But the good pre-match feeling for River Plate didn’t last after they lost 5-1 against Guarani

Fernando Fernandez notched his brace for Guarani on 58 minutes for their fourth goal, but the home team hauled one back through Rodrigo Francisco Vera Encina.

Then, with just over a quarter of an hour until time, the visitors netted a fifth, rounding off the setback for Chito less than two hours on from his engagement.

However, his residing memory will undoubtedly be the proposal, when football, at least for the time being, took a back seat.

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