- A video circulating online shows Lionel Messi giving an inspiring team-talk in the locker rooms before their historic victory over Brazil
- Lionel Messi led his country to record a 1-0 win in the final of the 2021 Copa America at the iconic Maracana stadium
- The PSG star has won just one international trophy after experiencing disappointment with the national team on several occasions
Lionel Messi's inspired speech before Argentina's 1-0 victory over Brazil to win the 2021 Copa America has been released.
La Albiceleste clinched a memorable Copa America triumph over their South American rivals thanks to a first-half strike by Angel di Maria on 11 July, 2021.
The victory secured the Paris Saint-Germain superstar's only major trophy on the international stage, and his words of motivation before the victory have surfaced online.
In a video posted on Twitter, spotted by Sports Brief, Messi galvanized his Argentina teammates with moving words describing what victory would mean for the nation.
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"We're going to win this final and we're going to take it back to Argentina to enjoy it with our families, our friends, the people who have always been fans of this team," Messi said via Barca Universal.
"There is no such thing as coincidence, you know what? This cup was supposed to be played in Argentina, but God brought it here [Brazil]. God brought it here so that we can win this cup in the Maracana... To make it more beautiful for all of us."
The two-time World Cup winners will hope to replicate this success in the upcoming Mundial which kicks off on November 20th.
Argentina have been in Group C, alongside Saudi Arabia, Poland and Mexico.
Premier League clubs reject Argentina’s request
The Argentina national football team is set to be handed a big blow, as Premier League clubs plan to reject their request to release their players early.
Argentina's football association had requested that their players be exempted from the last round of matches between November 12 and November 13.
However, FIFA has directed that clubs must release all the players called up for international duty by November 14. National teams can, therefore, not force players to join training camps earlier than the set date.
India unveil huge Messi cut out
Sports Brief earlier reported that the World Cup frenzy has officially hit India, with only a few weeks remaining before Qatar takes on Ecuador in the opening match of this year's bonanza.
Inasmuch as India won't be participating, a group of locals have already shown where their loyalties lie ahead of the quadrennial competition, by unveiling the huge statue of Argentina star Lionel Messi.
A group of Messi's diehards in the Kozhikode district of Kerala have come up with a huge cut-out of the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner.