Argentina Wiretap

Lionel Messi After Winning Copa America: 'This Team Deserved It'

Jul 11, 2021 12:47 PM

Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 in the Copa America final, with Lionel Messi winning his first international senior trophy with Argentina.

Messi had previously lost three Copa finals and a World Cup final.

"I can't explain how happy I feel. I've been sad many times [with Argentina after tournaments] but I knew it would happen and there's no better moment. This team deserved it," said Messi after the match. 

Messi was named the Player of the Tournament after scoring four goals and registering five assists.

Messi also paid tribute to manager Lionel Scaloni.

"It's to the merit of [Scaloni] because of everything he's done and what he's built. The process with him started three years ago and it's been constant growth. He knew how to build a spectacular group, a winning group. He deserves the recognition. It's been a long time since Argentina were champions of South America, and we've won it again under him."

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Lionel Messi Worried About Contracting COVID-19 During Copa America

Jun 14, 2021 8:12 AM

Lionel Messi revealed he worries about contracting COVID-19 as Copa America begins. 

"It worries us because it is a risk for everyone catching COVID-19," he told reporters. "We try to be careful but it's not easy. These things happen."

"We'll try to do all we can so no one gets it but sometimes it doesn't depend solely on ourselves."

Messi is not believed to have been vaccinated, even though the South American Football Confederation said in April it had received vaccinations and aimed to give all international players shots before the Copa America kicked off.

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CONMEBOL Pulls Copa America From Argentina

May 31, 2021 12:07 AM

CONMEBOL pulled this summer's Copa America from Argentina due to an increase of COVID-19 cases in the country.

Colombia was previously dropped as a co-host because of protests against President Ivan Duque.

The tournament is scheduled for June 13 through July 10.

CONMEBOL added that a new host would be announced "soon."

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Copa America Postponed Until 2021

Mar 17, 2020 1:09 PM

CONMEBOL postponed this summer's Copa America until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"This is an extraordinary measure for an unexpected situation and responds to the fundamental need to avoid the exponential evolution of the virus," said CONMEBOL president Alejandro Dominguez.

The tournament will now be rescheduled between June 11th and July 11th. The tournament will take place in Argentina and Colombia.

The decision comes on the heels of UEFA suspending the European Championship until 2021.



 

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Edinson Cavani Says Confrontation With Messi A 'Part Of Football'

Nov 19, 2019 3:09 PM

Edinson Cavani spoke of his confrontation with Lionel Messi during Uruguay's 2-2 draw with Argentina.

Cavani reportedly challenged Messi to a fight, to which Messi responded "whenever you want."

"It's part of football, Clasicos are like this. The truth is that it was at times a game that had friction, there were challenges and things that are part of football, especially of South American [football]," said Cavani.

Messi also made headlines for a confrontation with Brazil manager Tite last week. 

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Messi Brought Argentine Teammates To Tears, Says Angel Di Maria

Oct 3, 2019 2:31 PM

Lionel Messi took on a more vocal role for Argentina during the 2019 Copa America, according to Angel Di Maria.

"Messi told us he was proud of the team we had built. That we had not been together much as some had not been called up [to the senior team] before. Yet, it felt as though we had all been together for many years. He said that we had all rowed in the same direction from the first day. That he was very proud of the youngsters for their commitment to this jersey and if they were there and gave what they gave at the Copa America, it was because they more than deserved to be there. Once he finished, everyone was in tears because it touched everyone's hearts, especially the youngsters," said Di Maria.

Argentina lost to Brazil 2-0 in the semifinals in the tournament.

Di Maria said he's seeing an evolution in Messi.

"The important thing is that Leo is like this. I like this Messi."

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Basque Country To Play Friendly Versus Argentina

Aug 29, 2019 1:39 PM

The Basque Country will play a friendly against Argentina on October 13th.

The match will take place at San Mames Stadium in Bilbao.

The two sides last met in 1922, with Argentina winning 4-0 in Buenos Aires.

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Messi Receives Three-Month Conmebol Ban

Aug 3, 2019 11:19 AM

Conmebol has suspended Lionel Messi for three months following comments he made during the 2019 Copa America.

The organization also fined Messi $50,000.

Messi accused Conmebol of favoring Brazil following Argentina's 2-0 loss in the semifinals.

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Messi Blames 'Corruption' For Red Card, Conmebol Hits Back

Jul 7, 2019 2:14 PM

Lionel Messi blamed his comments made last week criticizing the officiating after Argentina's loss to Brazil for his red card in the third-place match against Chile.

“We don’t need to be part of the corruption that we’ve suffered at this tournament. Medel is always right at the limit. With a yellow that would have been the end of it for both of us, but well, maybe what I said recently had an impact," said Messi.

Argentina won the match 2-1. Messi received the second red card of his career.

Conmebol responded to Messi's accusations. 

“These accusations represent a lack of respect for the competition, all the participating players and the hundreds of professionals of Conmebol, an institution that since 2016 has been working tirelessly to make transparent, professionalize and develop South American football," released the federation in a statement. 

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Messi Criticizes Ref Following Loss To Brazil

Jul 3, 2019 7:07 PM

Lionel Messi criticized the officiating following Argentina's 2-0 loss to Brazil in the Copa America semifinal.

“He [the referee] was on their side. In every divided ball or dispute, he inclined the pitch their way. It’s not an excuse, but the truth is that, in this Copa, they kept on blowing for stupid things, for handballs, penalties. But today, they didn’t even go to VAR when there were clear plays that should have been looked at," said Messi.

Messi was especially critical of a sequence before Brazil's second goal in which Argentina argued for a penalty. 

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