Argentina has won their first major title since 1993, and Argentine/Barcelona forward Lionel Messi finally lifts his first major trophy for the Argentina national team.
Argentina beats Brazil 1-0 in Saturday’s Copa America final to secure the national team’s first title in 28 years.
Argentina’s winning goal at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro came in the 22nd minute after Rodrigo De Paul made a long pass to Angel Di Maria.
The 33-year-old veteran striker counted on some sloppy defending from left-back Renan Lodi to take control and lob it past goalkeeper Ederson.
It was only the third goal Brazil conceded in the tournament.
Brazil huddled on the pressure in an exciting second half but even with 5 strikers on the field, they were unable to get an equaliser against the Argentinian defence protected by the outstanding Rodrigo De Paul.
Argentina’s win was a particular triumph for Barcelona striker Lionel Messi, who picked up his first-ever title in a blue and white shirt after more than 10 years of club and individual honours.
When the match ended, a tearful Messi was thrown into the air by some of his joyous teammates.
Messi finished the tournament’s joint-top goalscorer with four goals and was elected joint-best player with Neymar. But he was quiet throughout and uncharacteristically missed a golden opportunity to wrap the game up with two minutes remaining.
When the final whistle went, Argentina TV declared “Argentina Champions, Lionel Messi Champion!”
The victory was Argentina’s 15th Copa America triumph and means they draw level with Uruguay as the all-time leading winners.
Their win lengthened their sequence of undefeated matches to 20 under Lionel Scaloni and this has handed Brazil their first competitive loss since they lost in the 2018 World Cup quarter-finals to Belgium.