The Albiceleste star was finally able to guide his country to glory in his fifth international final.
After failing so many times, Lionel Messi was finally able to get his hands on an international trophy with Argentina in Saturday’s 1-0 Copa America victory over Brazil. Argentina took the lead in the first half thanks to Angel Di Maria, who scored what turned out to be the match winner.
As the left side of the Brazilian defense fell asleep, the Paris Saint-Germain winger, set up by a Rodrigo De Paul service, took care of a helpless Ederson. This goal opened the way for Messi to finally get his hands on this elusive trophy, in his fifth major international final.
How did Messi perform in the Copa America?
Messi finished as the tournament’s top scorer alongside Colombia’s Luis Diaz, with each player scoring four times. The Barcelona star scored against Chile to open the tournament before closing out the group stage with a double against Bolivia. He scored again in a 3-0 quarterfinal win over Ecuador while also converting his penalty kick in Argentina’s triumph over Colombia in the semifinals. In short, he was decisive several times.
After the victory, Messi was recognized as the best player of the tournament. No doubt about it, Messi’s legendary status is even more cemented. On social networks, the number of messages directed to him is beyond comprehension. The advent of the GOAT happened last night, on the Marcana pitch, in Rio.
“The GOAT debate is over!”