Superstar Lionel Messi has won his first international title as Argentina break the 28-year title drought and win Copa America.
Argentina defeated Brazil in the final of the 47th edition of the Copa in Brazil and became the champion.
With this title, Argentina has equaled Uruguay’s record of winning the Copa 15 times. Argentina has won the Copa for the first time since 1993.
This is the biggest title Argentina has won in 28 years.
Since then, Argentina has played four Copa finals, one World Cup final, and two Confederations Cup finals, losing a total of seven finals.
But this time, Argentina put a break on the journey of defeat. For that, Brazil was defeated at home. Argentina, who lost the 2004, 2007, 2015, and 2016 Copa finals, also lost the 2014 World Cup.
Messi has also won his first international title in five finals.
Messi played in 2007, 2015, and 2016 Copa and 2014 World Cup finals but did not win the title. Messi, 34, has won his first international title in a decade and a half.
Although Messi failed to score in the final, he scored four goals and five assists this season.
Messi had previously won a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in China. But that was a competition played by the U-23 team.
Angel Di Maria scored the decisive goal for Argentina to beat Brazil at home. Di Maria, who had previously entered the field as a substitute, had the opportunity to play in the first-choice in the final. In which he also did justice.
Di Maria scored in the 22nd minute of Sunday morning’s game at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
The same goal was decisive as Argentina broke the drought of the title.
In Rodrigo de Paul’s long pass, Di Maria hit the offside trap and chipped in with the goalkeeper in a one-on-one situation.
Brazil, trailing by one goal in the first half, tried to equalize in the second half but failed.
Argentina captain Messi also missed an opportunity to score in the second half.
This is the first time in 16 years that Argentina has scored in the final of a major tournament. Argentina last scored in 2005. At that time, Argentina had lost to Brazil in the Confederations Cup.
In the same Copa, Argentina last scored in 2004.
This time the Copa was initially scheduled to be held in Colombia and Argentina. But at the last moment, the organizers had changed. After the anti-government protests in Colombia, Argentina was preparing to host it alone. But as the contagion rate of Covid-19 increased there, the top body of South American football, Conmebol, decided to hold a Copa in Brazil.
Initially, the Brazilian players protested, but later all 10 teams from South America competed.
Argentina remained undefeated and won six games. One game was a draw.