The six-time Ballon d’Or winner, who left Barcelona for Paris this summer, finally got his hands on international silverware at the Copa America
Lionel Messi acknowledged that Copa America’s reward with Argentina was the ‘most difficult’ triumph of his trophy-laden career, along with Paris Saint-Germain superstar finally finding ‘peace of mind’ at the international level.
After previously suffering the final grief at the 2014 World Cup and Copas in 2015 and 2016, a six-time Ballon d’Or winner feared senior glory would never come with his country.
However, he would inspire his country to glory on Brazilian soil this summer as he led Lionel Scaloni’s team to an unforgettable victory, and the 34-year-old can now relax knowing that he has set all his goals into a remarkable goal. reach the profession.
What was said?
Messi said ESPN of claiming the Copa America crown to sit next to the enviable honor he collected at Barcelona: “Everything I won was important and beautiful, but it was the hardest because I went through a lot of things. It was beat after beat.
“I finally had a happy holiday from the first to the last day. Before I was bitter and now it was different from start to finish. My kids sing songs from Argentina all the time, they remember the final against Brazil and for me it’s spectacular to see how they enjoy it. ”
Did Messi silence doubters?
Although his status as a contemporary legend has been unquestionable for some time, critics have quickly pointed to Messi’s lack of international honor when it comes to the greatest debate of all time.
The questions were an ambitious character, but he now has the medals to prove doubters around the world wrong.
He added: ‘I have peace of mind to achieve the dream I have refused so many times.
“It was like a dream, a spectacular moment. I could not believe it happened. I look at the images more now than I did then. I did not fully understand what was happening.”
Responding to painful defeats of the past, Messi said: ‘Part of the media treated us as failures and said that we did not [responsibility] because we wore the jersey so we did not have to be in the national team.
“We tried to be champions before, we were the first to want it. It’s very difficult to win a World Cup or a Copa America. When they did not appreciate what we did, they just had the emphasis. laid on the fact that we have not achieved the goal.The most important thing is to feel satisfied that you have given everything … fortunately the last [final] was different. ”