Lionel Messi Wins First Trophy With Argentina After 1-0 Victory Over Brazil
Lionel Messi’s Argentina have broken a 28-year deadlock by beating Brazil to win his first major international trophy with Argentina on Sunday.
Messi, 34, who has won the Ballon d’Or six times, only needed a win against Brazil in the Copa America final to break the jinx, which he got thanks to a 22 minutes goal from Angel Di Maria.
The win comes 16 years after he made his debut for Argentina, but he has been criticized for not leading his home team to win any major trophy.
He has won 34 trophies for his Spanish club, FB Barcelona, also breaking several records in football history.
Argentina’s record goal came in the 22nd minute before 7,800 fans at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
Rodrigo de Paul made a long pass to Ángel di Maria who lobbed it past goalkeeper Ederson.
Neymar pushed to help his team level the game but the Argentines were so determined to end the game with at least a 1-0 win.
The result helped to end the trophyless run for Argentina stars like Di Maria and Sergio Aguero.
The last time the 2019 Copa America champions, Brazil lost a game was when Argentina defeated them in a friendly in 2019, while the eventual winners were only unbeaten in the last 16 matches.