WATCH: Lionel Messi Shares a Light Hearted Moment With Family After Copa America Triumph Against Brazil

Published 07/11/2021, 2:16 PM EDT


The Copa America finally concluded yesterday as two South American juggernauts in Argentina and Brazil faced off against each other in the Finals. Featuring arguably two of the biggest names in Neymar Jr. and Lionel Messi, this battle between Brazil and Argentina was a must-watch.

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The final got off to a blistering start as both the teams went at it. With Neymar and Co. attacking, the Argentinian team found themselves in the back foot. But Brazil failed to capitalise on the initial attacks.

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Given how high Brazil’s defense was, Argentina’s Rodrigo De Paul delivered a perfect long ball to veteran winger Angel di Maria. Di Maria perfectly finished off the move with a cheeky chip over Ederson.

Despite the PSG winger’s best efforts, Brazil couldn’t find their way past Messi and Co.’s defense. Di Maria’s goal eventually was the game changer, as Messi and Co. broke a 28-year-old drought for Argentina who clinched the 2021 Copa America trophy.

Lionel Messi shares moment with family after Copa triumph

Lionel Messi might have had one of the best careers in club football, but the same cannot be said about his international career. While he is Argentina’s top scorer, the 6-time Ballon D’or winner hadn’t won a significant international trophy.

Facing off against a fierce international rival like Brazil, Messi and Co. had a big challenge ahead of themselves. While ‘the Maestro’ didn’t score the goal, he certainly left his imprint on the game and was a key member in winning the Copa America.

Messi  was at the top of the world after getting his well-deserved winner medal. While he had his fair share of celebrations with his teammates in the locker room, the 33-year-old first celebrated the win with his family.

Calling his wife and three kids, Messi’s emotions were visible and definitely showed how much the win meant to him. Ever since his debut with the team, Messi has always stood out.

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But many questioned his ability to lead his team to a cup. After four heart breaking loss in international tournaments, Messi finally has added a much needed international trophy to silence his critics.

While his tournament might have been over, the battle for his signature begins now. Will Messi stay loyal to the Spanish juggernauts FC Barcelona or a much awaited reunion with Neymar and Di Maria at PSG is on the cards?

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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