Argentina defeated Brazil 1-0 to win the 2021 Copa America trophy after years of, disappointment, particularly for Lionel Messi.
The Albiceleste had lost four major finals including the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and three Copa America finals but this time in the home of their rivals, Brazil they ended the duck.
Angel Di Maria scored the only goal with a lofted finish in the 22nd-minute to give Argentina the victory.
Lionel Messi was rewarded with the player of the tournament award following his impressive performances in the competition, he shared the award with Neymar.
According to Conmebol, “It is not possible to choose only one player, because this competition has two best players,” CONMEBOL said in a statement.
“They demonstrated in each match the different qualities that make them players of integrity, with technical and tactical quality, for their intelligence with and without the ball, and their decision making, which is always decisive.
“Both are finalists with their national teams, they have performed at a high level, being key players in the goalscoring charts in this tournament.