Argentina were officially crowned Copa America champions after defeating Brazil 1-0 at Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro. PSG star Angel Di Maria netted a 22nd minute winner to gift Argentina the trophy. It was a first major trophy for Lionel Messi in an Argentina shirt.
Before now, Argentina has being unable to get their hands on the coveted trophy,after losing on penalties to Chile in 2016 with Lionel Messi missing a crucial penalty.
7 years after that penalty miss, Barcelona star Lionel Messi finally lifts his first major international trophy with Argentina.
The Brazil side showed good efforts in the final,but faced a more clinical Argentina side. Brazil star,Neymar Jr was left in tears after losing the Copa America finals.
With the tournament drawn to a close,here are some of the individual awards won at the tournament and the finals;
Man of the match- Argentina Vs Brazil
Congratulations to Angel Di Maria for winning the man of the match against Brazil
Golden Glove Winner
Four penalty saves and four cleansheets; Congratulations to Emiliano Martinez for winning the Copa America golden gloves
Golden Boot Winner
Lionel Messi was tied with 4 goals at the Copa America with Colombia’s Luis Diaz,but the former won on most assists; Congratulations to Lionel Messi for winning the Copa America golden boot.
Players of the tournament
Lionel Messi was directly involved in 9 out of 12 goals scored by Argentina; Neymar Jr scored 2 goals and gave 3 assists. Congratulations to Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr for winning the players of the tournament award(according to CONMEBOL).
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