Almost four hours had passed from the final whistle of the Uruguayan referee Esteban Ostojich and Lionel Messi had just left the Maracana, the magical place where he was finally able to shout champion with the Argentine National Team. Yes, Leo was finally able to smile big after 1-0 over Brazil, with a great goal from Angel Di María. It was then that the Flea confronted the journalists and said everything he felt after one of the happiest days of your life.
“Crazy. What he feels is inexplicable. I had to leave sad and I knew it was going to happen to me. This group deserved it. I’m happy“Messi started, facing the microphones hugging the Copa América and with an indelible smile.
And he continued with enormous praise to his teammates: “I trusted a lot in this group that had been growing strong since the last America’s Cup. With good people, who always push forward. We spent many days locked up, without seeing anyone. Thank God we were it gave us. I dreamed of this many times. “
Messi, what acknowledged that he had been dragging hamstring discomfort and that he reached the final in the Maracana with just enough, he did not forget his main breadwinner: his family.
“I thought of my family. My wife, my children, my old men, my brothers … Whenever we had to go on vacation and be sad the first few days, without wanting anything“, he confessed.
And, when consulted by the crowd that took to the streets to celebrate that title that took 28 years and 6 days to arrive, he continued with the thanks: “I want to take this opportunity to thank the people of Rosario for what they did in the Monument to the Flag. It was very exciting what we saw. I hope Argentina can enjoy this much desired cup. We are not aware of what we did. We are very happy. “
Messi still did not fall from what he had just achieved. “It is a game that will go down in history. Not only for being champions of America, but for beating Brazil. I feel that God was saving this moment for me, against Brazil in the final and in his country“, he warned.
And now, emboldened, he goes for more, perhaps thinking of giving the blow to the World Cup in Qatar. “You have to take advantage of this clean and jerk. I already told the boys that they are the future of the National Team. And they already demonstrated it. I already knew the boys. It is a spectacular group. I feel happy being a part with them. These 45 days ended in an impressive way. “
He spoke of the future. But also from the past. That past that played many tricks on him with the National Team. And not just him. Also to Di María, who had her night of redemption at the Maracana, and to all those who shared those frustrations that today seem to have ended.
“I told Noodle that he was going to have revenge and that he was going to score a goal. This is also for all the teammates who were close, who reached a lot of finals and could not achieve it. They are happy and I want to dedicate it to them. This is something that was achieved through their work, “he remarked.
And immediately he spoke of his feelings: “I needed to get rid of the thorn to win something with the National Team. It was many, many years. I knew that at some point it was going to happen. It was in Brazil and beating Brazil. I am grateful“.
At the end, he did not forget Lionel Scaloni, the father of this team who brought joy back to the soccer homeland. “It is all the merit of Scaloni, what he did, what he built. It was always growing. He always wanted the best for the National Team. He knew how to put together a spectacular group, a winning group. Argentina did a lot not come out champion of America and he got it. “