SAO PAULO (AP) — Lionel Messi has received all of it with Barcelona in a embellished profession. Successful a title with Argentina stays certainly one of his largest ambitions.
The 33-year-old Messi may need certainly one of his remaining probabilities on the Copa America.
Argentina’s marketing campaign will start on Monday towards Chile on the Nilton Santos stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Copa America opened Sunday in emergency mode in Brazil, the place the event was shifted after Colombia and Argentina have been dropped as co-hosts.
“I’m at all times obtainable to my nationwide group. My largest dream is to win a title with this shirt,” Messi informed a information convention in Rio. “I used to be very shut many instances. It did not occur, however I’ll preserve making an attempt. I’ll at all times struggle for this dream.”
Messi stated many of the group had performed collectively for some time and “the way in which this Argentina performs may be very clear.”
“That is why it’s is time that we win this Copa,” he stated. “We all know it is going to be a particular one, totally different due to all that the world goes by.”
The Argentina captain additionally stated he approves Rodrigo de Paul as a teammate who offers him safety and in addition helps in creating assault.
“Little by little we bought to know one another and I really feel effectively taking part in with him,” Messi stated.
In his 15 years taking part in for Argentina, Messi misplaced the 2014 World Cup remaining, plus two editions of Copa America in 2015 and 2016. Argentina hasn’t received any main event because the 1993 South American championship.
That provides significance to each main occasion.
There’s extra danger than traditional with this version of the Copa America. Greater than 485,000 folks died in Brazil due to the virus, and 11 gamers have examined constructive upon arrival for the event — eight from Venezuela and three from Bolivia.
“It’s a danger for all of us,” Messi stated. “We’re nervous, we attempt to take care, do all that (we’re) informed.
“We are going to play different groups, there’s additionally the chance of contagion. We are going to do all the pieces we are able to for that to not occur, however many instances it would not rely upon us.”
Argentina is in group A with Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay. The 4 greatest groups in every group advance to the knockout stage. The ultimate might be on July 10 on the historic Maracanã stadium in Rio.
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