WATCH: Lionel Messi Consoles Former FC Barcelona Teammate Neymar Jr After Winning Copa America 2021

Published 07/11/2021, 1:59 PM EDT
Soccer Football – Copa America 2021 – Final – Brazil v Argentina – Estadio Maracana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – July 10, 2021 Brazil’s Neymar with Argentina’s Lionel Messi before the match REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes


Lionel Messi sent the whole of Argentina in raptures as his Argentina side won their first international trophy in 28 years after defeating Brazil in the finals of Copa America 2021.

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Brazil’s ace striker, Neymar was in tears as he lost the final, but he had his old FC Barcelona mate to console him.

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As the Argentine players were celebrating on the pitch, Neymar was in tears and walked over to Lionel Messi. The Argentine captain then gave Neymar a hug and consoled him. The two had an emotional moment that had many fans sniffing.

Neymar looks dejected after the match. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Neymar Jr’s message for Lionel Messi after losing the Copa America 2021 final

After losing the final, Neymar penned down his thoughts on Instagram. His message was directed to his old pal Messi, and he was happy to have received the help and guidance from the great man upon losing the crunch final.

“Losing hurts me, it hurts me… it’s something I haven’t learned to live with yet. Yesterday when I lost, I went to give a hug to the biggest and best in history that I saw playing.

“My friend and brother MESSI, I was sad and I told him ‘you won me’ I’m very sad for having lost. But this guy is awesome! I have great respect for what he has done for football and especially for me,” Neymar wrote. (post was translated)

Argentina’s moment was special because it had lots of stakes attached to it. First, Lionel Messi finally won an international trophy that was missing from his trophy cabinet.

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Moreover, they beat their arch-rivals, Brazil in Brazil. And Brazil were also the defending champions hence beating them was a major blessing for Argentine Fans. The match-winner for Argentina was Angel di Maria.

The Neymar and Messi moment surely brought tears into the eyes of FC Barcelona fans as well. It has been a large consensus that Neymar shouldn’t have left Barcelona for Paris Saint Germain.

Fans of Blaugrana still hold a soft spot for Neymar, who won the UEFA Champions League with them in 2015 and had a brilliant partnership with Messi.

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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