The football lunge of the Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi, turned into the spotlight. But, this time the progress of Messi is not in La Liga. This 32-year-old player, while trying with the Argentine national team in the 2019 Copa America.
The appearance of Lionel Messi in the main soccer competition that was followed by CONMEBOL countries must have been the most anticipated. The greatness of Messi will certainly be a mainstay of his country’s hopes of being able to win the 2019 Copa America trophy.
Argentina national team coach Lionel Scaloni corrected this situation. “I want to emphasize his enthusiasm (Messi) to play soccer. He was triggered to play soccer. He was triggered to win, “said the appointed coach replacing Jorge Sampaoli.
Unfortunately, the initial step of the Tango team must have been stumbling. When facing Colombia in the Group B allowance at the Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, Sunday (06/16/2019) then, the Argentine national team was defeated by Colombia 0-2.
This result is certainly beyond expectation and quite surprising. After waiting for almost 12 years, Colombia finally conquered Argentina.
Although still too early, this defeat can be a burden for the five-time winner of the Ballon d’Or award. Bad shadows will haunt Messi each time he defends the national team. Many bookies predict Messi will never get nation trophy like World Cup or Europe, hence he won’t surpass C.Ronaldo in the trophy collection. However, Messi is still a legend and when his team plays, usually the betting odds in some online betting site will tend to Messi’s side.
Lionel Messi has never once presented a trophy for his country at senior level. Four times he was able to take Argentina to the final with details three times in the 2007 Copa America, 2015, and 2016, and one at the 2014 World Cup. Argentina won the Copa America in 1993.
Interestingly, Messi’s appearance in the 2019 Copa America, was linked to the success of his main rival Cristiano Ronaldo in the UEFA Nations League event. This Juventus star managed to lead the Portuguese national team to the first edition of the competition trophy after surpassing the Netherlands 1-0 in the final.
Previously, precisely in 2016, the 34-year-old star also took Portugal to become the Euro champion by surpassing France in the final match. For Selecao das Quinas, this has become the first title in history in a major competition.
The public does not often compare the awesomeness of these two players. In fact, around this Messi and Ronaldo are still competing in the hunt for the best Ballon d’Or player award. The two players always race tight, and both have collected five awards.
The fact is that Ronaldo will be a scourge for Messi. Now, Ronaldo’s trophy collection is better compared to Messi in national teams.
Compare with Messi. Until now he has not been able to win one, also a title of around 14 years of his work with the Argentine national team. Had time to enjoy the four matches of the prestigious tournament. Unfortunately, none of the four final matches were won by Messi.
What about the opportunities at the 2019 Copa America. “I have to get up and try again. No matter how many times I fail. This is a message for children (the next generation), not only in football but also in life. I want to retire “After winning something with Argentina,” Messi said.