“Let’s go step by step, hopefully we can give one more and be in that final”, Lionel Messi is excited after making another phenomenal match in a Copa América that has him as an undisputed figure up to here. And his illusion is that of the Argentine fans who are hooked again with the celestial and white tune when they see an ideal version of the best player in the world: leader, committed, sacrificed, assistant and scorer.
Two assists and a goal from a free kick was Goiania’s production of 10 on the night. Referee Wilton Sampaio, after checking on the monitor, reversed his decision to collect the penalty on Ángel Di María and finally ordered a free kick on the edge of the area. It was the end and Argentina was already winning by two goals. Leo did not care and pretended that it was a penalty kick: he nailed it to the goalkeeper’s post to shout his 76th goal in 149 games with the albiceleste armor.
And so he was on the verge of reaching another record since he is one goal away from equaling Pelé (77) as the top scorer for South American teams. “The individual awards are secondary, we are here for something else. Congratulate the group for the effort, we are the only team that never broke the bubble. We have been away from home for a long time and away from our families,” Messi said about the chance to break another historical record.
“It was a very tough game, Ecuador is a very hard-working team, physically strong and with young players. It was fought until we found the goal. Then the game got tangled up and the referee wanted it to be that way. Luckily later the goals came. “, analyzed the victory the captain who gave another sensational night full of magic, such as the millimeter pass he gave Rodrigo De Paul in the first of the National Team.
“We try to play and sometimes it is complicated because the rival presses and plays and the court does not help. Without making excuses, all the courts we played on were all bad, it is the same for everyone but whoever tries to play it complicates it more,” he complained on the very poor state of the playing fields.
But there is no mistreated grass that stops the Rosario, who runs, fights and plays. And that little does it seem to matter to him that for these hours he is an incredible free footballer since he has not yet sealed the renewal of his contract with Barcelona.
“One of the objectives was to be among the four. Now we have to rest and recover because there is little time from one game to another”, closed this Messi who nothing makes him distract or deviate from his firm path towards a dream of which he does not have thought to give up until it is fulfilled. It’s closer.