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The only thing that counts is the end result, and the end result is that Chile won on penalties

The only thing that counts is the end result, and the end result is that Chile won on penalties


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Leo Messi

"A shame for Messi who leaves the national team but he will have his reasons and it is very difficult to talk about this issue"said Vidal after winning the 2016 Copa América final on penalties.

His teammate Gonzalo Jara found out about Messi’s announcement through journalists in the mixed zone and could not hide his surprise either.

"Criticize Messi or that all the responsibility falls to him I think that is not fair or favorable"Said the Chilean defender.

Jara contrasted the situation of Argentina to that of Chile, where he assured that there are three or four players "first level" and the rest work as a group to "accompany them".

Messi announced his goodbye to the albiceleste this Sunday after losing a new final, this time the Copa América Centenario, against Chile in the

The words of the goodbye of Leo Messi has fallen like a bomb in the Argentine soccer team. And it is that the announcement of Lionel Messi to end his era in the Argentine national team after losing a new final seems to have a domino effect. Several players from the Albiceleste team, equally affected by the failure in this final against Chile, must follow him, said striker Sergio Agüero in the mixed zone.


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Leo Messi

"Messi is probably not the only one to leave the national team. There are several players that we evaluate not to follow", said the Manchester City striker after the match that the albiceleste lost in the penalty shootout, as last year against the same rival.

Agüero admitted that he himself has considered leaving "for the things that are happening" And, although he did not name names, the press conjectures that Javier Mascherano and Gonzalo Higuaín are also considering joining the rout.

Explaining the atmosphere in the Argentina dressing room, Agüero said: "we were all screwed".

Added that "the one who gets screwed the most is Leo. It’s the worst time I ever saw him in the locker room".

Leo Messi settled any controversy with the AFA leaders on the eve of the Copa América final between Argentina and Chile. The star of Rosario only has between eyebrows and eyebrows to get the title and that is why he replied with kindness to the press but as soon as he could he referred to sports matters.


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"I would like to talk about the Cup final. Later, when the Cup passes, we will talk about it and I will tell you, I will tell you what I see and what I think at that moment", in reference to the delay in the flight of the national team that caused his anger and his message on Instagram.

"I want to cut with this topic, which I started and maybe I was wrong at the moment (in which he spoke) because of how close we were to the final. So we want to think about it"Lionel Messi said.

Of course, Messi hinted that the disgust for the situation was justified because "It is not the time to give anything away because we are very close to a goal that we really want to achieve and it bothered me a little that the same thing happens again", on travel delays. "I could reply to that AFA statement, but I prefer to think about the final, which is where we should have our heads".


Already focused on the final against Chile of his FC Barcelona partner Claudio Bravo, Leo Messi confessed that the Argentines arrive "very excited, wanting to win this Cup that was denied us in the other Copa América".

Regarding his state of form, Leo considers that the ‘albiceleste’ "we arrived spectacular. Although it is true that we have to show it on the court and that we play against a great team that is the champion".

Leo thinks a defeat "it would be a big disappointment, but not a failure" because Argentina is regularly reaching the finals.

Football offers a new revenge for Leo Messi’s Argentina. This morning (02.00 h), at the MetLife in East Rutherford (New Jersey, United States), the team led by the FC Barcelona forward will face Chile in the final of the Copa América Centenario, a title that the Flea will He has already escaped him twice (2007 and 2015) and he does not want to lose again. Neither Javier Mascherano, the other undisputed Barça player in Gerardo Martino’s team, the coach, also with a past from Barcelona (2012-13). The challenge is served for Messi and Argentina. The player comes from winning the double with FC Barcelona (League and Cup) and, therefore, is a candidate to revalidate the Ballon d’Or. And winning the Copa América would bring him closer to a goal that would make him a legend if he won it given That would be his sixth trophy … Messi arrives at the meeting in an optimal state of form. Physically he is one hundred percent and, furthermore, his commitment, as always, is total. He understands that it is now or never, that the fans, after the disappointments in the finals of the 2014 World Cup (Germany) and the 2015 Copa América (Chile) cannot expect anything other than the title of champion.


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 Messi, in a way, is indebted to the fans of his country. He has won everything with FC Barcelona (28 titles, including eight Leagues, four Champions League and four Copas del Rey) but nothing with the Argentine national team. He did win a World Cup under 20 (2005) in Holland and a Gold medal (2008) in Beijing. Thus, he has yet to establish himself with the senior team, with which he has played 122 games and scored 55 goals, surpassing Gabriel Batistuta’s mark as the top Argentine scorer in the semifinal against the United States 1 (0-4). And as an expert in finals that he is, at least with the FC Barcelona shirt, he hopes to end the misfortune that has always haunted him playing with the albiceleste.


Argentina has had few problems in this Copa América. He reaches the final after five victories in five games and a balance of 18 goals in favor and only three against. Some numbers that make the Albiceleste team the favorite to win the title. Only injuries have shaken the day-to-day of the team, first with Messi, who gave the scare suffering a bone contusion in a friendly against Honduras on May 28, and later with Ezequiel Lavezzi, operated on his left elbow. Nicolás Gaitán (injury) is also ruled out for the final and Ángel di María is doubtful. Chile, meanwhile, does so with four wins and one loss (precisely against Argentina), 16 goals for and five against. It has gone from less to more in this Copa América and surprised by endorsing Mexico 7-0 in the quarterfinals. Juan Antonio Pizzi’s team arrives with all its arsenal. It only has the loss of Pedro Pablo Hernández, who suffered a sprained ankle.

"The only thing that counts is the end result, and the end result is that Chile won on penalties. The illusion to win was very great but we leave empty-handed", said Tata Martino at a press conference after losing the final on penalties.


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On the bad streak that the Argentine team is going through in the decisive matches, the coach said that it is not easy to explain because there are situations that can only be understood from a football perspective "and others from fortune".

He added that they should have won in the first 90 minutes "or later in the extension", but in the end "it could not", and they are situations that are experienced within football "and the only thing left is to move on".

"The future, if you think about it today, is difficult and overwhelming, but athletes get up so many times that they will surely do it again", He responded about the disappointment of Lionel Messi and the rest of the players.

"We got here very well, we were just finalists, and there is nothing political that forces me to make some kind of reflection"He said when asked if he has thought about taking a step to the side.

"Almost all the footballers have competed very well, they have reached the final and should have won the final, but nothing that occurs in the political arena has influenced them to have done very well again"said about the crisis in the AFA.

"There is a political question that has to do with those who direct the destinies of Argentine football, and when one analyzes the behavior of the leadership, one has to talk about those who are inside and those who are outside".

Finally, when asked about Gonzalo Higuaín, the coach assured that he made a great effort "like the rest of the team did", and added that "will keep trying, as the rest of the players have done". 

The Chilean coach, Juan Antonio Pizzi, recognized today that the presence of Leo Messi in Argentina "conditions" the preparation of the final of the Copa América Centenario and that will "some mechanism" to counteract it.


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"It is true that the inclusion or not of Messi in a team conditions what one can program. But the environment is completely different and everything around the game has nothing to do with what we experienced in the first group stage"Pizzi said at a press conference at Metlife Stadium, near New York, where the Copa América final between Argentina and Chile will be played.

The coach was referring to the defeat of his team by 1-2 against Argentina in the first match of the Copa América group stage, which Messi did not play due to a lumbar injury.

Pizzi praised the Barcelona star but stressed that La Roja have the weapons to win their second consecutive Copa América.

"I think we are, statistically, before the most transcendental player in history. It will be very difficult for us to see that the statistics that Messi is getting are broken again.

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