The six-time Ballon d'Or winner had to wait 16 years to carry a trophy for Argentina at the senior level, and he showed little emotion throughout the celebrations. Lionel Messi, who had previously lost four finals with Argentina, was pleased to have defeated his demons from the past.
Argentina has named the continental champions two months ago, but Lionel Messi and his teammates had to wait until last night to celebrate with their fans. Regardless of the delay in presenting the Copa America trophy to their adoring fans, the Argentina team made the occasion one to remember.
In Argentina's 3-0 triumph over Bolivia, Lionel Messi sets a new record with a hat-trick.
Lionel Messi gave Argentina an excellent masterclass on the pitch before his passionate outburst at the end of the game. The 34-year-old scored a hat-trick, putting him ahead of Pele as the highest international goalscorer in South American football history.
Lionel Messi scored the game's first goal in the 14th minute when he performed a spectacular nutmeg on a Bolivian defender before curling his shot past the goalkeeper. Messi tied Pele for the most international goals.
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