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Lionel Messi: It is ‘Superb’ Argentina Will Play One other Copa América Last in 2024

Timothy Rapp @@TRappaRT Featured Columnist IV July 10, 2024 JUAN MABROMATA/AFP via Getty Images Argentina’s fantastic run of international football continued on Tuesday night, as the team defeated Canada 2-0 in the Copa América semifinals, setting up a matchup with either Colombia or Uruguay in the final. Lionel Messi—who scored his first goal of the

Lionel Messi: It is ‘Superb’ Argentina Will Play One other Copa América Last in 2024

Timothy LogoFeatured Columnist IVJuly 10, 2024

Argentina's forward #10 Lionel Messi celebrates scoring his team's second goal with teammates during the Conmebol 2024 Copa America tournament semi-final football match between Argentina and Canada at MetLife Stadium, in East Rutherford, New Jersey on July 9, 2024. (Photo by JUAN MABROMATA / AFP) (Photo by JUAN MABROMATA/AFP via Getty Images)

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Argentina’s incredible run of worldwide soccer continued on Tuesday night time, because the crew defeated Canada 2-0 within the Copa América semifinals, establishing a matchup with both Colombia or Uruguay within the ultimate.

Lionel Messi—who scored his first objective of the event towards the Canadians—could not assist however be impressed together with his squad whereas speaking to reporters after the match. Particularly, he shouted out among the longtime veterans who’ve performed with him on the nationwide crew for various years.

“What this crew has performed, what the Argentina nationwide crew has performed, as a result of after this everybody offers extra significance to all of the finals that me and the ‘older guys’ have performed. Me, Fide [Angel Di María], Ota [Nicolás Otamendi], and that Argentina can play one other ultimate is wonderful.

“To be trustworthy it has been a tough event, the extent has been as equal as ever, very unhealthy discipline, excessive temperatures that make it laborious to play, very powerful rivals. So the very fact we made it and we’re right here once more enjoying a ultimate is one thing to take pleasure in and spotlight.”

Argentina has reached the ultimate for the second straight time and has already gained the Copa América 15 instances, tied with Uruguay for probably the most in historical past. The nation is each the defending World Cup and Copa América champions, gained the 2022 CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions over Italy, gained 5 of its six World Cup qualifiers in 2023—dropping solely to Uruguay—and has but to lose in 2024 between friendlies and Copa América, with eight wins and a draw.

Suffice to say, the boys’s nationwide crew has been on an absolute heater. Messi is clearly on the heart of that, although it stays unclear if he’ll name it quits on his worldwide profession following the Copa.

“We go away them calm from our half, we can’t be those to shut the door on them,” supervisor Lionel Scaloni stated of the unsure worldwide futures of Messi and Di María. “[Messi] may be with us till he desires, and even after he retires he can be part of me if I am nonetheless coach. And if not I am going to take him the place I’m going. He can be an excellent assist.”

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