Lionel Messi wins 1st international title as Argentina drub Brazil to lift Copa America

   By Prashant Bhardwaj ,  11-Jul-2021
Lionel Messi wins 1st international title as  Argentina drub Brazil to lift Copa America

Messi finished the tournament’s joint-top goalscorer with four goals and was elected joint-best player along with Neymar

Lionel Messi's Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 in Sunday's Copa America final as The Albiceleste capture their 15th Copa América title, moving level with Uruguay for the most ever. Angel di Maria got the winner midway through the first half when he lobbed Ederson after full-back Renan Lodi failed to cut out a long-through ball.

Argentina’s win was a particular triumph for Barcelona striker Lionel Messi, who picked up his first-ever title in a blue and white shirt after more than a decade of club and individual honours.

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— Copa América (@CopaAmerica) July 11, 2021

Messi finished the tournament’s joint-top goalscorer with four goals and was elected joint-best player along with Neymar. But he was quiet throughout and uncharacteristically missed a golden opportunity to wrap the game up with two minutes remaining.

When the final whistle went, Argentina TV declared “Argentina Champions, Lionel Messi Champion!”

When the match ended, a tearful Messi was thrown into the air by some of his joyous teammates.






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