Lionel Messi has admitted that landing Copa America glory with Argentina was the “most difficult” triumph of his trophy-laden career. So, after Argentina clinched the trophy (the football news), in football today, winning Copa America was the hardest for Messi.
PSG star Lionel Messi previously suffered heartache at the finals of the 2014 World Cup and back-to-back Copa Americas. Argentina, for whom he is captain, lost out in the Copa final in both 2015 and 2016.
So, naturally, six-time Ballon d’Or winner feared he would have to retire without senior glory with his country ever coming.
However, fortunately, Messi was able to inspire his nation of Argentina to glory on Brazilian soil this summer.
He captained Lionel Scaloni’s side to a memorable victory, beating Brazil (and PSG teammate Neymar) in the Copa America final.
So, now, the 34-year-old can finally relax knowing that he has hit all of his targets in a remarkable career.
Football Today – Winning Copa America Was the Hardest for Messi
Messi has told ESPN of claiming the Copa America crown to sit alongside the enviable haul of honours he collected at Barcelona: “Everything I won was important and beautiful, but this was the most difficult because I went through many things. It was knock after knock.
“I finally had happy holidays from the first day to the last. Before I was bitter and now it was different from start to finish. My children sing Argentina songs all the time, they remember the final against Brazil and for me it’s spectacular to see how they enjoy that.”
The International Win Gave Messi Some Peace of Mind
So, the Paris Saint-Germain superstar has finally found some well-deserved “peace of mind” regarding his career at the international level.
“I have peace of mind of having achieved the dream that has been denied to me so many times. It was like a dream, a spectacular moment. I couldn’t believe it had happened,” Messi testified to his happiness.
He expanded on this: “I enjoy watching the images now more than at the time as I was in a daze. I didn’t quite understand what was happening.”
Further, on reacting to painful defeats of the past, Messi said the reactions to those losses were more painful:
“A part of the media treated us as failures, saying that we didn’t feel the [responsibility] of wearing the jersey, that we shouldn’t be in the national team.
“We tried to be champions before, we were the first ones to want to. It’s very difficult to win a World Cup or a Copa America. At the time they didn’t value what we did, they only put emphasis on the fact that we didn’t achieve the aim. The important thing is to feel satisfied that you have given your all…luckily, the last [final] was different.”