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Football fanatic saves £1,300 in coins to pay for World Cup trip

A man paid for his trip to the World Cup in Qatar by saving more than £1,300 over the course of two years and collecting five and ten pesos in a jar.

School teacher Jorge Aguilar, 25, dreamed of attending a soccer World Cup since he was a child but had to find a way to save and make the dream a reality.

Jorge started collecting the coins in October 2020 and in two years managed to save £1,371 (32,200 pesos) – the equivalent of four months’ salary. In all, he collected 1,790 10-peso coins and 2,864 5-peso coins.

Video footage captures the moment Jorge opened the jar of savings that guaranteed the trip, plus expenses.

Jorge from Durango, Mexico said: “It took a lot of work not to spend the coins I had.

“It was really hard not to spend the money on treats and things like that.

“As far as I know, this is every coin that has passed through my hands in the last two years.

“I was nervous because I had no idea how much was going to be in the pitcher. At first I counted the coins, but I quickly lost track. The last thing I knew was 12,000 pesos.

“When I saw the full jug, I was very surprised. It was so hard. I couldn’t lift it.

“When we emptied it, I was very happy. It looked like so much money.”

Jorge arrived in Qatar on November 22nd and so far it has lived up to his expectations.

He said: “It’s very good to be here. I’ve seen this before, but only on TV. Personally, it’s very different.

“The atmosphere is great, inside and outside the stadium. I’m glad I did.

“Everyone is very much in agreement and together, even not having alcohol is fine because I hardly drink.”

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