The six-time Ballon d’Or winner had an average performance, but it did not matter as he finally lands his first major international trophy at the senior level
Lionel Messi’s long wait for success at international level is finally over after Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 in a hotly contested Copa America final.
As expected, Argentina’s hopes going into the clash rested on the shoulders of Messi after scoring four times and registering five assists in the previous rounds.
However, the Barcelona icon had his poorest performance of the competition. But it didn’t matter as his teammates rose to the occassion.
The only goal of the game through Angel Di Maria in the 25th minute. The PSG man got on the end of a brilliant ball from Rodrigo De Paul before chipping the ball past an onrushing Ederson in Brazil’s goal.
Brazil tried to find a way back into the game, but they were denied on numerous occasions by Emiliano Martinez- the hero in the semifinal win over Colombia.
The match had it all and tempers were running high due to what was at stake. Although there was no red card, the referee on the night dished out nine yellow cards with Argentina accumulating five out of it.
But they won’t care as they land their first Copa America title since 1993 and also their first competitive win over Brazil at their home ground.