(Reuters) – Argentina’s national team champion’s cry will go down in history because it happened against the Brazilian national team in Brazil, which made Argentina’s wait for a title worth it, Argentine star Lionel Messi said on Sunday. after winning his first title with the main shirt of albiceleste.
Messi lifted the Copa América trophy on Saturday with Argentina after a 1-0 victory over Brazil at Maracanã, after losing four finals – the 2007, 2015 and 2017 Copa América and the 2014 World Cup.
“It’s crazy, the happiness I feel is inexplicable. I knew that at some point I would make it. I needed to take the weight off being able to achieve something with the selection. I don’t think there was a better time than this”, said Messi before starting his return to Argentina.
“It will be a game that will go down in history, not only for being champion of America, but for beating Brazil in Brazil… I feel that God was saving this moment for me”, he added.
Messi, who scored four goals in the continental tournament and participated in almost every goal scored by Argentina in the competition, said that he arrived for the final games of the competition in just enough conditions to play because of a “discomfort” in his thigh.
After expressing his happiness with the title, Messi said that the Argentine national team has to “seize the momentum” for the next competitions and that he trusts the new players who have joined the team, with whom he said he is “very happy”.
He also attributed “great merit” to coach Lionel Scaloni and dedicated the achievement to his teammates who were in the finals in which he was defeated and who were unable to lift the trophy. “This is also for them, who have done a lot for this team.”
(Reporting by Ramiro Scandolo)
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