Messi eyes Copa America for ‘biggest dream’ with Argentina – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

SAO PAULO (dpa) – Lionel Messi has won everything in a decorated career with Barcelona. Winning a title with Argentina remains one of his greatest ambitions.

The 33-year-old Messi could have one of his last chances at the Copa America.

The Argentine campaign begins on Monday against Chile at the Nilton Santos Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. The Copa America opened in emergency mode on Sunday in Brazil, where the tournament was postponed after Colombia and Argentina were dropped as co-hosts.

“I’m always available to my national team. My biggest dream is to win a title with this shirt, ”Messi said at a press conference in Rio. “I was often very close. It didn’t happen, but I’ll keep trying. I will always fight for this dream. “

Messi said most of the group had played together for a while and “the way this Argentina is playing is very clear”.

“So it is time we won this Copa,” he said. “We know it will be special, unlike anything the world goes through.”

The Argentine captain also said he accepts Rodrigo de Paul as a teammate who offers him protection and also helps with the attack.

“Little by little we got to know each other and I feel good playing with him,” said Messi.

In his 15 years with Argentina, Messi lost the 2014 World Cup final and two Copa America editions in 2015 and 2016. Argentina haven’t won a major tournament since the 1993 South American Championship.

That gives meaning to every major event.

The risk is greater than usual in this edition of Copa America. More than 485,000 people have died from the virus in Brazil and 11 players tested positive on arrival for the tournament – eight from Venezuela and three from Bolivia.

“It’s a risk for all of us,” said Messi. “We worry, we try to be careful, we do whatever we’re told.

“We will play against other teams, there is also a risk of contagion. We will do everything we can to ensure that this does not happen, but often it does not depend on us. “

Argentina is in Group A with Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay. The four best teams in each group qualify for the knockout phase. The final will take place on July 10th at the historic Maracanã Stadium in Rio.

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