Lionel Messi comments on the Argentina team, winning the Copa America

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Lionel Messi commented on what it felt like winning the Copa America, the group of players and coach Lionel Scaloni.

Messi finally lifted his first trophy with the Argentina national team when they won the Copa America and he spoke about it all. Having won many trophies with Barcelona, this was his first with the national team. Speaking in an interview with ESPN Argentina, here’s what he had to say:

“After so much suffering, lifting something with the national team was special… There was a part of the journalists that treated me as a failure and that I didn’t feel the shirt.”

“Everything I won was important, I was lucky to have won a lot of things in a row at my club and very fast and the blows came later. With the national team, it was blow after blow, that made it more important now. It cost a lot to get it.”

“When we won, I couldn’t believe it. I dreamed it so much that I didn’t understand what was happening. Honestly, I enjoy it more now when I see the images than that moment.

He also commented on the team:

“It’s a spectacular group. It emerged at the 2019 Copa America but already in 2015 and 2014, there was a group like that. What happens is much of the time, what defines it is winning or losing.”

In addition, he spoke about the coach:

“He was the one who grabbed the national team at a difficult moment, who believed and gradually built it up. He always knew what he wanted.”

Lionel Messi on winning the Copa America: “I don’t know where I’d place it. Everything I won was important but this was the most difficult. A lot of things happened and I won very quickly at Barcelona. At the national team, it was one hit after another.”

Lionel Messi: “You have to start by recognizing that we are not the best in the world. We were not the worst before and we are not the best now.”

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  1. I want the team to lose few games, I do not want them to feel invincible, Remember last time brazil had 41 pts, but belgium threw them out.
    I want our team in top form in 2022, And one more thing, Sergio Ageuro should not be called anymore, any way he is not coming till nov, Because we have icardi,dybala, leo,lautaro,correa,gomez up front.
    Even in this copa ageuro did nothing, i think his last dance was the copa 2021. Now it is over for him.
    Who all agree.

    • Speaking of unbeaten run , there’s a recent article about longest unbeaten streak at international football…

      https://thefootballfaithful.com/the-longest-unbeaten-runs-in-international-football/

      Italy (1935 to 1939) – 30 games
      Italy are now just one game short of levelling the national record, set over a four-year period some 81 years ago.

      After losing 2-0 to Czechoslovakia in October 1935, the Azzurri compiled a 30-game unbeaten run, though were fortunate to see that sequence maintained after a clash with Austria was abandoned due to crowd trouble in 1937.

      The Austrians were 2-0 ahead at the time of the abandonment, with just 16 minutes of the clash remaining and the result subsequently declared void.

      Italy’s run included winning gold at the 1936 Olympics in Germany, in addition to World Cup success after defeating Hungary 4-2 to be crowned champions in 1938.

      That latter success made it consecutive World Cup triumphs for Italy after their previous success in 1934, with their record unbeaten run coming to an end following a friendly defeat to Switzerland in November 1939.
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      Argentina (1991 to 1993) – 31 games
      Argentina rank third for longest unbeaten runs in international football, their side of the early nineties having amassed 31 games without defeat between 1991 and 1993.

      The South Americans’ run began following defeat to West Germany in the 1990 World Cup final, with Argentina bouncing back to amass a record-breaking unbeaten sequence.

      The run started with a 2-0 friendly win over Hungary and included La Albiceleste’s successes at the 1991 and 1993 editions of the Copa America, remaining unbeaten throughout both tournaments to secure consecutive triumphs.

      Gabriel Batisuta led their charge across the unbeaten period with 16 goals, including a double in the 1993 Copa America final win over Mexico, the forward becoming Argentina’s record goalscorer during his international career with only Lionel Messi having since eclipsed his 54 goals.
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      Spain (2007 to 2009) – 35 games
      Spanish football enjoyed a golden period during the late 2000s after decades of underachievement, a brilliant side ending La Roja’s wait for success with an unprecedented three consecutive major tournament victories.

      The foundations of their all-conquering side began with a 35-game unbeaten run that started in 2007, the first fixture a 1-0 win over England at Old Trafford that saw Andres Iniesta net his first international goal.

      Spain had ended the previous year poorly but remained undefeated throughout 2007 and 2008, the latter year seeing Luis Aragones’ side win the European Championship after beating Germany in the final, Fernando Torres scoring the game’s only goal.

      Spain’s run continued throughout the start of 2010 World Cup qualification, though their sequence ended in shock fashion after being beaten 2-0 by the United States in the semi-finals of the 2009 Confederations Cup.

      That result proved the one anomaly in a run of fixtures that otherwise included an incredible 27 wins from 28 games, with Spain proving themselves as arguably the greatest international side ever over the following years after winning the 2010 World Cup and 2012 European Championship.
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      Brazil (1993 to 1996) – 35 games
      Level with Spain for the longest unbeaten run in international football is Brazil, who also reached 35 games without defeat during the early nineties.

      Brazil lost 2-1 to Germany in a November 1993 friendly as they prepared for the following summer’s World Cup, in what would be their last defeat as the Selecao were crowned world champions in the United States.

      A side containing Dunga, Bebeto and Romario won the World Cup in unbeaten fashion, defeating Italy 3-2 on penalties following a goalless final in Pasadena.

      Brazil won 10 and drew one of their following 11 fixtures after their World Cup success, and whilst defeat on penalties to Uruguay in the 1995 Copa America final was a setback, their unbeaten run in normal time extended into 1996.

      Brazil’s charge was eventually halted in January 1996 – over two years after their previous loss – when Mário Zagallo’s side were beaten 2-0 by Mexico in the Gold Cup.

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      Italy (2018 to present) – 36 games
      Italy’s goalless draw with Switzerland in World Cup qualification on Sunday set a new international record, stretching the European champion’s run without defeat to 36 fixtures.

      Their rise under Roberto Mancini has been nothing short of remarkable, having been transformed into one of world football’s most impressive sides since failing to qualify for the World Cup in 2018.

      Italy’s last defeat came against Portugal during a Nations League fixture in September 2018, their run included a victorious passage to Euro 2020 success after defeating England in this summer’s final at Wembley.

      Mancini has forged a team greater than the sum of its parts and a well-oiled machine have continued to gain both results and momentum, with the Italians now in a prime position to challenge in Qatar next year, as the Azzurri bid to level Brazil’s record of five World Cup successes.

  2. STILL celebrating and I will continue to celebrate and boy oh boy do the haters HATE IT since they don’t have shit to say NOW, and its not like it was a walk in the park either, ARGENTINA beat Brazil in their own stadium and put their ass on lockdown the whole game, the Brazilians putting 5 attackers all at once said it all lol and they would have beat them down again had it not for their candyass, lying, cheating piece of dog shit president and all the bitches around him allowing him to do what he’s been doing.