There was no happier than Lionel Messi on Saturday night at the Maracana. At 34, the Argentine star triumphed in the Copa America final against Brazil (1-0). A first major title in the selection, savored as it should by the Pulga.
“I dreamed of this moment several times.” Saturday, it was not a dream but well and truly reality. After flying over the competition holding the Argentinian selection on his shoulders (he finished top scorer and passer in the tournament with 4 goals and 5 assists), Lionel Messi won the Copa America thanks to the victory of the Albiceleste in the final against the Brazil (1-0) at the Maracana. This is the first major title conquered by the Argentine captain.
“I knew it was going to happen”
At 34, the former Barcelona (he is no longer under contract) finally responds to his rare detractors who reproached him for never triumphing with his country. “It’s madness and incredible happiness, commented Messi quoted by TyC Sports. I needed to take that thorn out of my side to win something with the national team. Several times it ended sadly but I knew it was going to happen. There’s no better time than this. “
“This match will go down in history”
After warmly consoling his friend Neymar, we saw him spend time on his smartphone, alone on the lawn, moved and happy to show his medal to his loved ones. After the meeting, he did not fail to recall that his repeated failures with Argentina (four finals lost at the 2014 World Cup and during the 2007, 2015 and 2016 Copa America) also hurt his family very much with which he was having a bad holiday. “This time it’s different,” he jubilates.
One year before the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which should represent its last big challenge, the Pulga wants to take the time to savor the scope of this victory. “This match will go down in history because not only are we champions of South America but also because we beat Brazil at home,” he said. A feat that will quickly give way to questions about its future. Because we still do not know which jersey the six-fold Ballon d’Or (in passing relaunched in the race with this trophy) will wear during the restart …