Glory to Messi; honor for Ángel Di María. The tall Argentine footballer crushed Brazil’s hopes of winning the Copa América in Maracana. Rodrigo De Paul, the revelation player of the Albiceleste, orchestrated the play that has returned the joy to Argentina. The midfielder hit a direct game change to the side. The Brazilian Renan Lodi could not deflect it and the ball was left to Di María. “I still can’t cry, I still haven’t finished falling. We dream so much about achieving this, we fight so much. Messi told me it was my end, ”said the PSG footballer after the game. The Noodle won the player of the match award.
“Today the wall broke and entered.” Argentina scored in the 22nd minute and that was a blow that brought Brazil to the canvas. “They had told me that the lateral [Lodi] sometimes he fell asleep on the mark and, well, it came out perfect, ”added Di María. The Canarinha, driven by Neymar, got up. They tried to break the albiceleste siege, but they did not succeed. Emiliano Martínez and the Argentine rear endured the opportunities of Neymar, Gabigol and Casemiro. “After much effort, this moment arrived, this Maracanazo”, Martinez threw after the game. The goalkeeper was enlarged in the semifinals by saving three penalties to Colombia. In Rio de Janeiro he knew how to withstand the pressure to frustrate the Brazilians.
“It was a very difficult America’s Cup. Luckily it was possible to give us. I am convinced that any coach in my position would have made the generational change. These guys drop everything every time they go out to play a game, ”launched coach Lionel Scaloni. In this champion Argentina, some of the pillars that led the country to contest the World Cup final against Germany in 2014 were maintained: Lionel Messi, Sergio Agüero and Ángel Di María. “There are new people, there are hungry kids, we have been pushing,” launched Lautaro Martínez, the nine tomorrow from Argentina. “I thank Leo [Messi], to Kun [Agüero], to the Noodle [Di María] and all that litter that received us so well ”, mentioned the center-back Cristian Romero.
Di María and the rest of the Argentines went straight to an euphoric Lionel Messi. All of the Albiceleste wanted La Pulga to win his first title with Argentina at 34 years old. Messi, like Luis Suárez after winning the league with Atlético, sat on the pitch to talk by video call with his family. The Rosario also took a while to chat with Neymar, as in the talks after the game in the neighborhood.
The uncertainty still hangs over Messi and Barça. Rosario’s contract expired on June 30. Joan Laporta, president of the culé club, seeks to solve the contractual puzzle to keep the Argentine at the club. The difficulties for the signature are of a “financial, economic and tax” nature. Barcelona has the challenge of cutting the salary mass of the staff, fitting the Argentine’s salary to have the go-ahead from LaLiga.
One of Laporta’s campaign promises was the renewal of Messi. The Argentine star went to the polls in the club’s elections last March. It was the first time since his arrival in 2001 that the footballer voted. The conversations between Laporta and Jorge Messi, father and representative of the footballer, began in April. “What is not taken into account is that Leo is free to negotiate with another club since January and he has not done so,” a source from the Camp Nou offices told this newspaper. So far there is no white smoke, but there is a celebration of the Argentine 10 with his old friends. “This is more than we dream of. Being champion in the Maracana against Brazil exceeds all kinds of expectations. Messi needed everyone and we needed him. It is the best of all time ”, sentenced De Paul. La Pulga is happy again.
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