Lionel Messi: Argentina Captain Sends Powerful Message to Fans After Canada Win

Lionel Messi: Argentina Captain Sends Powerful Message to Fans After Canada Win

Chukwu Ikechukwu
June 21, 2024 at 1:37 PM
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  • Lionel Messi, captain of the Argentina national team, sent a powerful message to the fans after the victory against Canada
  • Argentina beat Canada 2-0 in the first match of the 2024 Copa America thanks to goals from Julian Alvarez and Lautaro Martinez
  • Messi made history as the player with the most appearances in Copa America after making his 35th appearance against Canada

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Lionel Messi has sent a short but direct message to supporters after Argentina kicked off their 2024 Copa America campaign with a convincing 2-0 victory against Canada on Thursday, June 20.

Goals from Julian Alvarez and Lautaro Martinez ensured La Albiceleste started their title defence on a winning note as they sought to win a third consecutive major international tournament.

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Lionel Messi missed two big chances in Argentina's 2-0 victory against Canada in the Copa America opening game. Photo by Omar Vega.
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According to ESPN, After winning the first game, Messi sent a short but clear message to his followers via social media. "First step," as translated into English from Spanish he wrote, with the Argentine flag beside it.

The eight-time Ballon d’Or winner is seeking to win his fourth major title with Argentina after winning the 2021 Copa America title, Finalissima in 2022, and also the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Argentina's next game is against Chile on June 25, followed by a final group stage match against Peru on June 29, as the team aims to finish first in Group A and move on to the knockout round.

Messi wants desire to win in Argentina

Meanwhile, Messi has urged his Argentine teammates to continue with the same humility and desire to win which was evident in the team’s 2-0 victory over Canada on Thursday, Eurosport reports.

The 35-year-old Argentina captain, who provided the assist for Alvarez’s goal, reckoned that the only way La Albiceleste can be champions of South America again is if they continue playing as a team.

Messi, who is making his seventh appearance at this year’s Copa America, wants to win the competition for a second time after losing three finals.

Messi survives a horror tackle

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Messi was lucky to complete the 90 minutes and walk out unscathed during Argentina’s first match of the 2024 Copa America against Canada.

The Argentina captain was on the end of some harsh fouls by the Canadians, one of which was from defender, Moise Bombito.

Bombito went in at him with a two-footed tackle and caught his right ankle, leaving fans worried he may have suffered a serious injury, but he saw out the rest of the match.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..