The Brazilian and the Argentine played in the final of the Copa América in Maracana and, after the match with the Albiceleste triumph, they merged in an emotional embrace. Later they could be seen sitting and talking, accompanied by Leandro Paredes.
Neymar da Silva and Lionel Messi met at FC Barcelona between 2013 and 2017, years in which Mogi das Cruzes came from Santos and went to Paris Saint Germain, respectively. The friendship has lasted to this day, becoming clear in their most recent confrontation and after deciding the most important trophy in Latin American football at the national team level.
In addition to the hug during the celebration of the title by the albiceleste, it was also possible to see both players and Leandro Paredes having a conversation sitting after the match.
Argentina won (1-0) thanks to a goal from Ángel Di María in the equator of the first half and a pass from a vindicated Rodrigo De Paul. In this way, the albiceleste gets its third Copa América since it has this format (1975). It did not obtain the title since 1993. Adding the South American Championships, this triumph allows to tie trophies (15) with Uruguay, which until this meeting led the historical ranking.