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Neymar and Messi face each other in the Copa America final – the athlete – international stadiums

Host Brazil will meet its traditional rivals for the leadership of South American football in the dream final of the Copa America football championship at the famous Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, at four o’clock in the morning tomorrow, Sunday.

In an upcoming meeting that will witness the confrontation of the two former colleagues in Barcelona, ​​​​Neymar and Lionel Messi, both of whom are seeking to win the continental title for the first time in their career, especially since several legends failed to win the continental title, most notably King Pele and the late Argentine Diego Armando Maradona.

Neymar said about the upcoming confrontation with Messi: “Messi’s confrontation with Argentina, I have always said that he is the best player I have seen playing, he is a great friend of mine, but it happened that it is a final match and therefore we will become opponents during it.

Messi, the six-time Ballon d’Or holder, is entering the final for the fourth time, and he has imposed himself as a star for this tournament by scoring four goals and making five, as he leads the scorers and best assists in the tournament.

However, the chance to win the continental title may be the last for Messi, especially after reaching thirty-four and the 2022 World Cup may be his last major tournament.

So far, the Argentine star did not smile at the final matches of the Argentine star, as he lost the Copa America final in 2007 (against Brazil 0-3), 2015 and 2016 (both against Chile and on penalties), in addition to losing the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil to Germany 0-1 after the extension.

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Many believe that winning a title with Argentina is the only goal left for Messi, noting that the “Tango” team has not won any title since its coronation in the Copa America in particular in 1993. However, the center of the defense of Brazil and the French club Paris Saint-Germain, Marquinhos insists not to give Messi the opportunity To do so, he said, “We will try to prevent him from achieving this goal.”

He added: We also have players who deserve to win the continental title, as is the case with Neymar, who was not with us when we won the last edition of the Copa America.

The final is a classic par excellence between the two giants of South American football, and Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni says, “We will play the match against our eternal enemy, the match will be between the two strongest teams on the continent, and we hope it will be a strong match.

“Brazil versus Argentina is more than just a regular match,” Marquinhos added. These shirts keep football fans around the world looking forward to this match. This represents the history of the confrontations between Brazil and Argentina.

Paradoxically, the two teams do not hold the record for the number of continental titles held by Uruguay (15 times), compared to 14 for Argentina and 9 times for Brazil.

It is the fourth time that the final match between the two arch-rivals has been combined. Argentina won the final in 1937, compared to two victories for Brazil in 2004 and 2007.

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The two teams have a constellation of stars in their ranks, so that the reserve players are no less than the main ones, and the best proof of this is that Brazil overcame Peru in the semi-finals with the likes of Fabinho, Roberto Firmino, Gabriel Barbosa and Vinicius Junior on the bench, in addition to the absence of Gabriel Jesus, who is suspended for his expulsion in Previous match and will also miss the final match.

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On the other hand, Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria started most of his country’s matches on the bench of the reserve players and starred after landing in the semi-final against Colombia, while striker Sergio Aguero, newly transferred to Barcelona, ​​participated only rarely.

In addition to Messi, Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez contributed to the effectiveness of Argentina’s attack by scoring 3 goals, but Brazil and Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro warned of the group’s strength in the Argentina national team, saying, “Argentina is not only for Laotaro and Messi, you can’t focus only on them.”

“They are two great players, world-class, but Argentina reached the final thanks to the group and we have to respect that.”

In addition to the possibility of winning his first continental title, Messi can also enter history from another door because he seeks to break the record in terms of the number of goals for a player in the South American continent, as he currently has 76 international goals and needs one goal to equal the number of Brazilian legend Pele. It is noteworthy that, in the last edition of 2019, Brazil won the title by defeating Peru 3-1.

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