Lionel Messi says he finally has ‘peace of mind’ after realizing his dream of winning the Copa America with Argentina in the summer after losing THREE finals at major international tournaments
- Lionel Messi won his international’s first trophy with Argentina in July
- Argentina has won the Copa America after losing three consecutive finals
- By winning something for his country, Messi now says he has ‘peace of mind’
Lionel Messi said he now has ‘peace of mind’ after winning the Copa America with Argentina in the summer.
Despite a storied club career, Messi went into the summer without winning a major international tournament, having previously suffered three consecutive defeats at the final hurdle.
Argentina lost 1-0 to Germany in the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil, before losing penalties to Chile in both the 2015 and 2016 Copa America tournaments.
Lionel Messi won his first trophy for Argentina by beating Brazil and winning the Copa América
But his international curse was finally allayed when Angel Di Maria’s goal sealed a 1-0 victory over Brazil in the summer, meaning Argentina lifted the Copa America trophy for the first time in 28 years.
Messi told ESPN on the recent international break: ‘I have peace of mind that I have realized the dream that has so often been denied me.
“It was like a dream, a spectacular moment. I couldn’t believe it had happened. I enjoy looking at the images more now than when I was in a daze. I didn’t quite understand what was happening.’
Messi said he has ‘peace of mind’ after winning a trophy while representing his country
The 34-year-old added that he felt the media had treated Argentina as ‘failures’ after their previous latest defeats.
He added: “Some of the media treated us like failures and said we were the… [responsibility] of wearing the jersey, that we shouldn’t be in the national team.
“We’ve tried to become champions before, we were the first to do so. It is very difficult to win a World Cup or Copa America.
“At the time, they didn’t appreciate what we were doing, they just emphasized that we weren’t achieving the goal.
Argentina previously lost three consecutive finals, including the 2014 World Cup to Germany
“The most important thing is that you are satisfied that you gave everything. Happy the last time [final] was different.’
Messi has had an eventful summer since coming to Paris Saint-Germain after Barcelona were unable to sign him to a new contract.
During the recent international break, Argentina defeated Venezuela 3-1 in a World Cup qualifier before their rematch with Brazil was canceled after health officials barged onto the field over a row surrounding Covid-19 rules.
Messi hopes with his country for more success during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, where the Argentine legend turns 35 before the tournament starts and the chances run out.