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Messi: I feel that God was saving this moment for me

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“Against Brazil in the final and in this country”

Brazil v Argentina: Final - Copa America Brazil 2021 Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images

Lionel Messi spoke of his joy and “immense happiness” after leading Argentina to victory over Brazil at the Copa America on Saturday.

Angel Di Maria’s first-half goal was enough to end Argentina’s 28-year wait for a trophy and deliver Messi’s first senior title with the national team.

Messi was clearly emotional at the final whistle but went on to speak to reporters and make it clear just what it means to taste glory with La Albiceleste.

“It’s crazy, the happiness the feeling is inexplicable. I knew that at some point it was going to happen,” he said. “The objective was clear and we were able to be champions. The happiness is immense. Many times I have dreamed of this.

“I told Fideo (Di Maria) that today he was going to have his revenge and that’s how it was. I want to share this with those team-mates who were so close so many times and it was not given to them. This is also for them.

“I feel that God was saving this moment for me, against Brazil in the final and in this country. Great credit has to go to 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 needed to get rid of the thorn of being able to achieve something with the national team, I had been very close for many years. I knew that at some point it was going to go wrong, it was going to happen and I think there is no better moment than this.”

Source | Goal

Saturday was Messi’s fifth appearance in a final for Argentina but he finally ended up on the winning side to add yet another trophy to his collection. The win is Argentina’s 15th in the competition and means they match Uruguay as the team with the most Copa America titles.