Copa America 2021: After losing the finals of the big tournament three times between 2014 and 2016, Lionel Messi had announced that it was enough and would now say goodbye to international football. Football lovers will surely remember the final match of the 2016 Copa America Cup. Messi announced his retirement after missing his shot in the Copa America Cup played in America 5 years ago and in the tie breaker against Chile. After losing the Copa America Cup finals twice, first against Germany in the 2014 World Cup final and then against Chile in 2015 and 2016, Messi felt that he could not win the title despite every effort for the country.
After this announcement of Messi 5 years ago, along with all the football lovers, Diego Maradona was also saddened. He also advised Messi that he should continue playing for the country for a few more years. After this, Messi changed his decision on the pressure of the sponsors and the Argentine Football Federation repeatedly. But he did not get the title in the 2018 World Cup or even in the Copa of 2019. In the 2007 Copa America Cup, Argentina also had to face defeat in the final match at the hands of Brazil. Well, that thing is different because Lionel Messi then started his international career for Argentina and he had a lot of time in front of him.
The road to 2022 will not be easy
This time in the final of the Copa America Cup, again after 14 years, Argentina had a fight with Brazil. In the journey to the final, Messi scored 4 goals and assisted Argentina in 5 goals. The eyes of the whole football world were on this final match, because Messi is now 34 years old and winning the title in the Qatar World Cup in 2022 will not be easy for Argentina.
This time Angel Di Maria did not let Messi go back empty handed. Taking advantage of the Brazil defense’s mistake on the 22nd minute of the game, Di Maria scored. Even though Messi could not score any goal in the final this time, but won the title of a major tournament for the first time for the country.
Let us tell you that Argentina won the gold medal of football in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Lionel Messi was also included in that team. But Olympic medals are not counted among the major tournament titles in the football world because each country has to play with its under-23 team and only three senior players can be included in a team.
Copa America 2021 Final: Lionel Messi created history, Argentina became champion after beating Brazil after 28 years