Updated: July 11, 2021 8:11:07 pm
Lionel Messi was unusually quiet in Argentina’s 1-0 win over Brazil on Saturday but his joy held no bounds after La Albiceleste lifted the Copa America title on Sunday.
This victory means a first major title for Messi in the blue and white jersey of the national team.
Messi, who has won the FIFA Player of the Year award a record six times, had won every club and individual honour with Barcelona but was yearning for a title with his national team. Before Sunday’s victory, he had lost all four of his previous finals with Argentina.
The 34-year old had shown his frustration with the defeats, retiring after losing the 2016 Copa America to Chile only to return to the international fold a few weeks later.
In the end, he did not throw in the towel and finally succeeded.
— Albeen Josebh Ahmed (@AhmedAlbeen) July 11, 2021
This was a locker room celebration Messi and his teammates will never forget 🎉🇦🇷🏆
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Messi did not score in the final but finished as the joint top scorer in Copa America. Messi also had five assists in the tournament.
(With Reuters Inputs)
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