- Lionel Messi was highly celebrated in the city of Shanghai following Argentina's Copa America success in Brazil
- The six-time Ballon d'Or had digital images of him used to decorate a popular conventional centre in Shanghai
- Messi helped Argentina win their first Copa America since 1993 and his first senior trophy for the Albiceleste
Lionel Messi's stock in China is spreading faster after helping Argentina win their first Copa America title in 28 years, Then 24.
The Albiceleste overcame Brazil in the finals to win the title and it was Messi's first significant trophy for his homeland.
Shanghai madness for Messi
Far away in China, there was a tremendous tribute to the 34-year-old at Aegean Place, a conventional centre in Shanghai.
The whole place was painted with the national colours of Argentina blue and white, as well as Messi's No.10 shirt written in Chinese.
On the giant screens are digital lightings of Messi's wearing the Argentine jersey with his two hands raised up in his trademark celebrations as hundreds fans come to see the spectacular show.
It is understood that on the night of the final, some crazy Messi fans ended up kneeling down in tears of joy after the final whistle.
Argentina's journey to Copa victory
Argentina began their Copa campaign on a shaky note after being forced to a 1-1 draw with Chile but recorded consecutive 1-0 wins over Uruguay and Paraguay.
The Albiceleste began to gain momentum following their 4-1 hammering of Bolivia in their last group match.
The Seleccion then recorded another comprehensive 3-0 win over Ecuador in the quarter-finals and a penalty shootout victory over Colombia in the semis.
Angel di Maria's first-half goal against Brazil in the final was enough for the Argentine's to lift their first Copa America title since 1993.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Lionel Messi's biggest fan has always been his wife Antonella Ruccozzo and the pair met for the first time since he helped Argentina win Copa America, Marca, Football Espana.
The 33-year-old broke the voodoo denying him a senior trophy for his native country regardless of the many trophies he won individually and in Barcelona.
Messi'immediately spoke to his childhood sweetheart on FaceTime while he was celebrating Argentina's victory over Brazil at the Maracana Stadium in Rio De Janeiro.
Source: Sports Brief News