WATCH: Lionel Messi Gets Emotional on Lifting First International Trophy to Argentina Fans

Published 09/10/2021, 9:58 AM EDT
Soccer Football – World Cup – South American Qualifiers – Argentina v Bolivia – El Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina – September 9, 2021 Argentina’s Lionel Messi and teammates celebrate winning Copa America after the match Pool via REUTERS/Juan Ignacio Roncoroni


The moment when Lionel Messi won the Copa America trophy, time stood still. In his incredibly successful career, the one piece missing was always an international trophy. The victory against Brazil meant more to Messi than most moments he’s experienced on a football field. Additionally, the pressure of playing for Argentina seems to have faded away as Leo delivered a magical performance against Bolivia.

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Soccer Football – World Cup – South American Qualifiers – Argentina v Bolivia – El Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina – September 9, 2021 Argentina’s Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria, and teammates celebrate winning Copa America with the trophy after the match Pool via REUTERS/Natacha Pisarenko

Lionel Messi shed tears of joy

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The game finished with Messi scoring a hat-trick and winning the game for Argentina. However, after the match, the Argentinian was reduced to tears after being presented with the trophy in front of a raucous crowd. The forward could not control his emotions as Messi got carried away by the moment.

After many disappointments during the finals of major international tournaments, this victory came as a moment of redemption for the player. He famously called it quits after the Copa America loss to Chile back in 2016. Nevertheless, the forward returned and performed incredibly well in this year’s Copa America.

Significantly, Messi led the goal scoring and assists charts and proved why he is undoubtedly, the best in the world. The newly signed PSG player now looks free and like he’s enjoying his soccer, once again. In the meantime, he created another record in the game against Bolivia.

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The ecstatic Argentinian crowd was treated to a fine display of attacking football from their home team. The first goal was a thing of beauty. After nutmegging the opposition defender, Messi curled the ball into the net with a sensational strike. Just another day at the office for the maestro.

Then came the historic moment. After exchanges with Lautaro Martinez in the penalty box, Messi tapped home his second goal with a right-foot finish. With that goal, he surpassed Pele as the highest goal-scoring South American in international soccer. After that, his third goal came via a rebound from the goalkeeper.

Soccer Football – World Cup – South American Qualifiers – Argentina v Bolivia – El Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina – September 9, 2021 Argentina’s Lionel Messi and teammates celebrate winning Copa America with the trophy after the match Pool via REUTERS/Juan Ignacio Roncoroni

The Argentinian forward is the best player to have graced a football pitch and he has the accolades to show for it. The enigma continues to move forward as he starts his new chapter in PSG.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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