Lionel Messi leads Argentina to first Copa America title in 28 years

Lionel Messi leads Argentina to first Copa America title in 28 years

  • Argentina beat rivals Brazil 1-0 to win Copa America
  • Di Maria's first-half goal was enough as Argentina win the first title since 1993
  • Lionel Messi wins his first senior international trophy with Argentina

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Argentina have been crowned champions of South America after beating fierce rivals Brazil in the Copa America final to lift the trophy for the first time since 1993.

The victory ends Barcelona legend Lionel Messi's quest for a senior international trophy after leading La Albiceleste to triumph in Rio's Maracanã stadium.

Paris Saint Germain star, Angel Di Maria netted the only goal of the game after collecting a beautiful 30-yeard pass from Rodrigo de Paul before lobbing the ball pass Ederson.

Argentina beat Brazil to win Copa America for the first in 28 years
Argentina beat Brazil to win Copa America for the first in 28 years. SOURCE: Twitter/ @CopaAmerica
Source: Twitter

In a game filled with much tension and hard tackles, it was the Argentines who had the best of possession and showing immense creativity.

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Lionel Messi came close to wrapping up the win but slipped in the process as Argentina needed a goal that will cushion them.

But in the end, they really didn't need it as the Brazilians flapped their chances at the other end after Richarlison and Gabriel Barbosa came close.

It was agony for Brazil's Neymar who was also chasing his first international title, having missed the 2019 success due to injury.

Meanwhile, his Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi fell to tears after the final whistle, with teammates picking him up and hurling him into the air.

His long wait for a national trophy ends after a sixteen-year career with the South American giants.

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Earlier, reported that Ghana legend and former Chelsea midfielder, Michael Essien is enjoying his life on the touchline after starting pre-season as assistant manager of FC Nordsjaelland.

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In a photo sighted by on Michael Essien's Twitter account, the midfield beast shared the excitement of transferring his skills to young players.

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