Argentina defeats Brazil to win the Copa America, and Messi earns his first international trophy.

Messi Earns his First International Trophy

Argentina won the Copa America title on Sunday (IST), ending Lionel Messi's long wait for a trophy with his national team. Argentina defeated Brazil 1-0 in the final. Messi had won an Olympic gold medal with Argentina, but he had yet to win a senior international trophy. All of that changed in the Copa America final, when Angel Di Maria scored the game's only goal, ending Argentina's 28-year wait for a major championship.

As the duo helped Argentina secure a long-awaited victory over Brazil, Angel Di Maria stated that Lionel Messi informed him that the Copa America final would be his chance to shine.

Messi and his Argentina teammates rightfully celebrated loudly, but there was one moment in particular that will live on in the imaginations of football fans all over the world. Argentina's Copa America victory at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro put an end to Brazil's 2,500-day unbeaten home record. Messi screamed with pleasure as he kissed his winner's gold and punched the air, celebrating with his wife Antonela Roccuzzo and their children. Argentina won a major event in 1993 when Gabriel Batistuta's brace in the Copa final in Ecuador earned them a 2-1 victory over Mexico. It was the first time in six editions that Brazil had failed to take the trophy while playing at home.

While Messi's trophy drought with Argentina has come to an end, Neymar has yet to win a major international prize, having missed Brazil's victory on home soil two years ago due to injury.



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