The 34-year-old finally ends his long wait for an important trophy with the Albiceleste when they shoot down Brazil in the Copa America final.
Former Nigerian midfielder Mutiu Adepoju believes Lionel Messi has paved the way for many players to get into football after leading Argentina to the Copa America trophy on Saturday.
The Albiceleste captain finally paid tribute to his country when they beat Neymar’s Brazil 1-0 in the final, and it was Paris Saint-Germain forward Angel Di Maria who succeeded in the first half after confusion in Brazil’s defense enabled him to beat Ederson in goal.
With the victory in the Maracana Stadium, Messi – who was tied with Colombian Luis Diaz with the most goals (four) – laid his hand on an international trophy after four defeats in the final before.
The former Super Eagle believes the Barcelona star paid his money to Argentina and also laid a good path for emerging footballers to believe in.
“Ballon d’Or or not, he paid his fees to Argentina, and I believe the young man paved the way for many more Messi’s to get into football,” Adepoju said The punch.
‘A good thing is that Messi has finally won a continental trophy with his country and that it will possibly open the doors to many more honors.
“It’s his time to win honors, because a lot of people say he has won nothing with Argentina’s national team, but he has done it now.”
In a previous interview, the 34-year-old, who was named player of the tournament, could not hide his happiness at the final whistle.
“It’s crazy, the happiness that is the feeling is inexplicable. I knew it would happen at some point. The goal was clear and we could become champions. The happiness is tremendous. I have dreamed a lot of it,” he said. said Messi. said.
‘I told Video [Di Maria] that he would take his revenge today and that was how it was. I want to share it with the teammates who have been so close so many times and it has not been given to them. It’s for them too.
“I feel that God has spared me this moment against Brazil in the final and in his country. Great honor must be given [coach] Lionel [Scaloni]. He always wanted the best for the national team. He knew how to put together a winning team and he deserves your appreciation.
“I had to get rid of the thorn to be able to achieve anything with the national team, I was very close for many years. I knew it would go wrong at some point, it would happen and I think there is no better moment. if not. ‘