Chile goalkeeper, Claudio Bravo has disclosed that he had to suffer on Monday night when his side clashed with Argentina in their opening match of the ongoing Copa America.
Los Albeiceste drew 1-1 with Chile on Monday night in a game that saw Messi surpass Cristiano Ronaldo as the active footballer to score the most free-kicks after scoring his side’s only goal.
Messi’s goal is the 57th free-kick goal of his career. It takes him one ahead of Ronaldo and five behind Diego Maradona’s record of 62 free kicks.
Former Barca teammate Claudio Bravo praised Messi after the match and said: “Messi has a strike that few have in the world. He has a different precision from the rest. I had to suffer today. Football is like that. One enjoys himself when you face the best players when they test you.”
Messi also became Argentina’s all-time leading goalscorer in official games with his strike, bagging his 39th goal in 98 games for the Albiceleste and surpassed Gabriel Batistuta, who scored 38 before retiring after the 2002 World Cup.
However, the Barcelona captain did not dwell on his records when he spoke with reporters at the end of the game. When he was asked about how he felt being the best player on the pitch in Monday’s draw, he revealed that his side should have begun their tournament in better fashion.
“We wanted to start with a win. It was important to start with a win against a difficult rival. Now we have Uruguay, another complicated game. That is why we needed to have started with a victory,” the Argentina captain revealed.