Lionel Messi and his Argentina team-mate have been handed a warning ahead of Saturday’s Copa America final against Brazil at the Maracanã Stadium.
Former Paraguay goalkeeper Jose Luis Chilavert has said Argentina will be up against it trying to beat Brazil on home soil to lift the trophy for the first time since 1993.
“Messi’s team and his teammates have to be prepared to defeat the Brazilian team, Neymar, VAR and the referee,” he said.
“I would love that Messi escapes three or four times and can score three or four goals. When in doubt, they will favor the host (Brazil). The genius of Messi and his teammates, they have to play at a thousand percent.”
Source | Radio Continental
Messi has been in inspirational form so far in the tournament. The captain has has four goals and five assists and has been involved in nine of the team’s 11 goals.
The 34-year-old has also made it clear just how determined he is to win the tournament and finally lift a senior international trophy with Argentina.
He said after the semi-final win over Colombia, “We are very excited, happy, personally, I want to play one more, what I want most is to win a title with the national team.”