The first full senior level trophy victory of Lionel Messi with Argentina was extremely well deserved, and it has forced even his critics to think about his international legacy again. Messi helped his team to defeat Brazil with 1-0 in the final of Copa America at the Maracana Stadium. Neymar and Lionel Messi were selected as the best players. The exploits of Messi in Copa America were awesome, and it was a legendary performance at the international level.
Messi has been the top assister of the tournament five times out of seven times and has played the competition representing Argentina. In the Copa America editions of 2011, 2015, 2016, and 2021 along with the FIFA World Cup 2018, Messi led the competition in several assists. Only the 2014 World Cup and 2019 Copa America escaped his grasp.
Moreover, he has gained three best player awards at the World Cup of 2014, at the Copa America editions of 2015 and 2021. Messi was also the man of the match in four tournaments in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2021. After a long time, finally, Messi was the top scorer in the latest tournament for the first time. He ticked all the boxes during the performance in Copa America. Messi was a top assister, top scorer and many times was the man of the match, and won the Best Player award too. He also lifted the trophy and was the only player who did so much at an international tournament.
He also contributed nine goals out of Argentina’s 12, which is quite astonishing. The player scored in the shootout against Colombia and was captained from his side. The players of Argentina expressed admiration at the leadership qualities of Messi, which was previously questioned by the media.
Brazil Versus Argentina
Argentina had never won a match against Brazil in Brazil. In addition, Brazil has previously never lost at the Maracana Stadium since 1950. Brazil failed to win Copa America for the first time while playing in its homeland. Even beyond history, Brazil was considered to be a better and stronger team than Argentina. They were the current champions and were playing in their homeland. They were also better in the FIFA ranking compared to Argentina. Brazil was also the favorite of many and won 11 out of their past 12 games. However, the effort of Messi and Argentine players made them win the Copa America and lift the trophy.