What this win means for Messi is that he retired in 2016 at the age of 29 after losing 4 consecutive finals (3 of which he led). But at the persuasion of the President he made a comeback and finally succeeded in winning the big title. Besides scoring four goals, Messi helped the team’s players to score five goals.
Departed after losing 4 major finals
– In the 2007 Copa America final, Argentina lost 3–0 to Brazil. Although Roberto Ayala was in command of the team at the time, Messi was one of the team and was shocked by the big defeat at such a young age.
Messi captained Argentina in the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals, where they lost 1–0 to Germany.
– Messi broke his heart again at the 2015 Copa America. Messi is yet to recover from the World Cup debacle that saw Chile beat 4-1 in a penalty shootout in the 2015 Copa America final.
In 2016, Argentina captain Messi’s dream was broken again. In the final of the Copa America, they beat Chile 4-2 in a penalty shootout.
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Messi was so devastated by three consecutive final defeats that he announced his retirement immediately after losing the final in 2016. It was a surprising decision by Messi for everyone. But he bounced back and led the team to the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 2019 Copa America, but the defeat still lingered. Now Messi has been able to fulfill his dream and beat the team from where this losing streak started. That is, beating Argentina to win the title in 2007, beating Brazil.
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First Published: July 11, 2021, 08:32 IST