Watch: Lionel Messi and Neymar share touching moment after Copa America final

It’s been a rollercoaster of a year for Lionel Messi. The Argentine is out-of-contract at Barcelona and currently a free agent, with his future as clear as mud. There was nothing ambiguous about Saturday night in Rio de Janeiro, however, as the 34-year-old lifted his first trophy as captain of Argentina.

The decisive goal came in the 22nd minute; Rodrigo de Paul, close to joining Atletico Madrid according to the rumour mill, threaded through an excellent ball to find ex-Real Madrid man Angel di Maria, who finished coolly past Ederson.

Messi, a free-agent following the expiration of his contract with Barcelona, squandered a gilt-edged chance to make it 2-0 late on, but he won’t mind. He’s landed his holy grail.

Messi didn’t shine in the final but certainly did before it. He played 100% of Argentina’s minutes throughout the Copa America, earning himself the accolade of player-of-the-tournament. The Argentine scored four goals and contributed five assists in seven appearances, directly participating in 60% of their goals.

He shared a touching moment at the final whistle with Neymar, a close friend of his and a teammate from their time at Barcelona. The two embraced on the pitch and then shared a conversation, and a few laughs, in the tunnel post-game.

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  1. Olu says:

    Messi, a legend and an adorable player to always watch. Pls, teach Neymar the way to be a true legend on and off the pitch.

  2. Khaya says:

    Absolutely amazing pictures indeed. Salute!!

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