The Argentine forward Lionel Messi wins his first-ever title with Argentina. For the last 28 years, Argentina had not won any international titles. Moreover, they had lost four major finals. Messi lost 3 Copa America finals alongside one world cup final. Finally, the title curse of Messi has come to an end. Argentina lifted the title defeating Brail 1-0. They beat the host Brazil in their home ground. It is their 15th Copa America title. And, this is the first with Messi.
Also, critics used to criticize Messi for not winning anything with Argentina. This time he proved his critics wrong. Moreover, people criticized Messi for retiring from the national team after an epic penalty miss in the Copa final against Chile. Messi faced a lot of humiliation after the 2016 Copa America final. Previously, he had lost the world cup final in 2014 against Germany. Despite giving up Leo pushed himself to Copa America this year. He remained the best player in the tournament. Moreover, Messi scored four goals and provided five assists in the tournament. With 4 goals and 5 assists, Messi won the golden shoe of Copa and best player award.
Copa America Gave Messi A Pure Happiness
Seriously, the Argentine star Lionel Messi had desperately wanted this title. We can clearly see the expression on his face. It shows what international titles matter for Messi. Nevertheless, it is not a world cup but it means a lot for him who had lost 3 Copa America finals. The list of Copa America finals lost by Messi is
- 2007 vs Brazil
- 2015 vs Chile
- 2016 vs Chile
Copa Victory Creates Chances For Leo To His Seventh Balon d’Or
However, Argentina and Messi both managed to win the Copa America 2021. This is the first title of Argentina with Lionel Messi. After the Copa win, Messi gets one step closer to his seventh Balon d’Or title. Meanwhile, Robert Lewandowski is also in the race of Balon d’Or. But, Messi’s Copa title is overshadowing all the players and their stats. It will be a historic moment for Messi. Currently, too he holds the record of players with the most Balon d’Ors. In the year 2021, Messi has 33 goals and 14 assists in his name. These stats push the Argentine towards another milestone. It would be his seventh Balon d’Or in 12 years of professional football. The Copa victory will be one of the pushing factors for his seventh Balon d’Or.