Superstar Lionel Messi won his first trophy in his national team as Angel Di Maria’s goal gave Argentina a 10-10 victory over host Brazil in the Copa America final on Saturday.
The victory at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro ended Argentina’s 28-year wait for the great trophy and also ended Brazil’s 2,500-day undefeated record. The last time Argentina tasted success was in 1993 when the great Gabriel Batistuta’s double crown allowed them to beat Mexico in 21 games in the Ecuador Cup final.
“This is a great title, especially for our people. The fans support the team unconditionally. I think they can identify with this team that never gives up, “said Argentina coach Lionel Scaroni.
This is the first time that Brazil has failed to lift the trophy in six versions at home vs 34 Messi’s one-year odyssey Brazilian Neymar, five years his junior, missed Seleco’s victory at home through injury two years ago and has yet to win the Grand Slam championship internationally.
4 Di Maria, Argentina Scored in the 22nd winger, The 33-year-old ran into a magnificent cross from Rodrigo DePaul and pitched Brazilian goalkeeper Edson for the first time.
Di Maria, who was named the best player of the game, said: “We have failed too many times, we dream too much, we try our best.”
“Many people say that we will not succeed, they criticize us a lot. But we kept knocking on the door, we kept going until today, we broke it in.”