Angel di Maria first half strike earned Argentina a 1-0 victory over Brazil in the Copa America final
Angel di Maria’s strike proved to be decisive as Lionel Messi finally lays his hands on a trophy to put “GOAT” debate to rest securing his first major senior title for the Argentine senior team.
The six-time Ballon d’Or holder has been hugely criticized for not replicating his club success at international level, with Argentina head coach Lionel Scaloni even tagging Messi as the “best footballer in history” with or without international honours.
And on Saturday, Lionel Messi broke his international curse, after Argentina rose to the occasion to see off Neymar’s Brazil to clinch the Copa America title.
The Barcelona star finally put the Greatest of All-time debate to rest after joining the likes of Pele, Maradona and Cristiano Ronaldo as the greatest players the game has ever seen with regards to international honours.
Lionel Messi finally has an international trophy after his fifth attempt.
Messi finished the tournament level with Colombia’s Luis Diaz for most goals scored [4 goals]. His first strike was against Chile, before grabbing a brace against Bolivia.
He added another in Argentina’s 3-0 victory over Ecuador in the quarter-final stage.
Following their victory over Brazil, Lionel Messi was adjuged the tournament’s best player, and will now go home with his shoulders high.