Paraguayan football manager asks his team to introduce his girlfriend to the field before a match

The Paraguayan football manager asks his team to propose to his girlfriend on the field before a match, with players holding up signs that read ‘MARRY ME’… before being embarrassed 5-1 at home!

  • A football manager in Paraguay proposed to his partner with the help of players
  • Celso Rafael Ayala asked his side of River Plate to hold up letters that read ‘marry me’
  • Tears flooded the stadium as his partner, Lili Benitez, quickly accepted
  • But the good feeling came to an abrupt end after the team’s 5-1 defeat

A football manager in Paraguay proposed to his girlfriend before a match with the help of his players this weekend, but the team then lost 5-1.

On what will be remembered as one of the best days of his life, Celso Rafael Ayala asked his side of River Plate to hold up letters that read “Lili, marry me” and proposed to him.

He was also joined by his daughters, and those in attendance struggled to contain their emotions as ‘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

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 that read 'Lili, marry me' before a match

Celso Rafael Ayala's River Plate side held up letters that read 'Lili, marry me' before a match

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

For the special moment, Lili Benitez was led onto the pitch and quickly turned to see the line of players holding up their letters.

After she walked over to Chito and shared a quick kiss, her husband-to-be got on one knee and handed her the ring.

His team put down their signs, clapped and congratulated their coach, as tears continued to flow in emotional scenes.

'Chito' was also accompanied by his daughters and tears flowed as his partner approached them

'Chito' was also accompanied by his daughters and tears flowed as his partner approached them

‘Chito’ was also accompanied by his daughters and tears flowed as his partner approached them

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

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

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

The entire proposal was captured by Tigo Sports’ cameras at River Plate Stadium just minutes before the home side’s game against Guarani.

It was business as usual then, as Chito’s focus was on the game, but he got mixed feelings after seeing his team take on five opponents.

River Plate was even three goals behind at halftime, which would have been a sobering and redheaded pep talk from Chito.

The newly engaged couple shared a kiss after the proposal as Chito's players applauded them

The newly engaged couple shared a kiss after the proposal as Chito's players applauded them

The newly engaged couple shared a kiss after the proposal as Chito’s players applauded them

But River Plate's good feeling for the game didn't last after they lost 5-1 to Guarani

But River Plate's good feeling for the game didn't last after they lost 5-1 to Guarani

But River Plate’s good feeling for the game didn’t last after they lost 5-1 to Guarani

Fernando Fernandez backed Guarani for their fourth goal in 58 minutes, but the home side got one back through Rodrigo Francisco Vera Encina.

Then, with just over fifteen minutes to time, the visitors scored a fifth, completing the setback for Chito less than two hours after his engagement.

His lasting memory, however, will no doubt be the proposal, when football, at least for the time being, took a back seat.

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