Lionel Messi, after Argentina's move to the Copa América final: "I'm more excited than ever."

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source: sportstar.thehindu.com

The Argentine captain spoke about the chance to win a title with the Senior team. He also highlighted the sacrifice of the squad for more than 40 days without seeing their relatives.

After the match where Argentina eliminated Colombia on penalties in the second semifinal and got a pass to the final of the Copa América, the Argentine captain, Lionel Messi, referred to the tough match against the coffee growers that ended with a 1-1 draw, but with the Albiceleste getting their ticket to the decisive game using the definition from the twelve steps.

"It was hard, we deserved it, we looked for it, and at times it became difficult because they were coming, but then we have Draw (Martínez), who is a phenomenon. We knew he would cut more than one, we know him, and we know what he is; we trust him. So he deserves it", said the Rosario star about the goalkeeper's performance in the penalty shootout where he saved three shots.

Regarding the testimony of Neymar, who said he wanted to play for Argentina in the last game, Leo said: "We are both in the final, I know he said it because we are friends, and he wanted me to qualify as well. It's going to be a final that we all expected with Brazil; I'm sure it's going to be highly contested and complicated".

We got the first goal, which was to play in the final of each game. The last cup group was strong, we left a good image, and I think this time we won, Diez added, who will play his fourth Copa America final. And he also admitted: I am more excited than ever because we are playing another final. I always say that all I want is to win the title with the national team.

In addition, he highlighted the level of South American football: "The last cup the group was strong, we left a perfect image, and I think this time we succeeded again. We went from youngest to oldest, even though playing the Copa América is discussed a lot. Still, you have to play this type of game; the South American teams are powerful; we respect them".

Finally, he reaffirmed his enthusiasm and desire to win a title with the national team. 

We went through this process for 45 days without seeing any family. Some boys were fathers and could not be present with their families, but it is all a matter of sacrifice to achieve this goal.

After the dramatic compliment, Leo did not hesitate to dedicate a few words to Argentina's success and made it known on his Instagram account. This post had a special attachment to goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez: proud and happy to belong to this group. Another goal was achieved. Thank you, God, for continuing these moments with me.

We go for the glory. Draw, without words, you deserve it, Beast! "

Messi reached 150 games with the Senior team, where he made his debut in 2005 in a friendly against Hungary. He is the footballer with the most appearances in the national team (Javier Mascherano follows with 147). Since the restart of activity in South America with the Qualifiers, on June 3, Leo played eight games in 34 days, two for qualifying for Qatar 2022 and six in the Copa América. Standing at number one, a 34-year-old footballer, on average every four days.

Also, in the long-awaited final against Brazil next week at the Maracana Stadium, if he scores a goal, he will equal Pelé's record, which now leads the scorers table alone.

The Brazilian has 77 plans, one more than the Argentine captain, who is one step away from achieving another milestone in his career.

However, Messi's main objective will be to achieve his first title with the Senior team after the four finals where he stroked the glory: that of the 2014 World Cup when he fell to Germany; and all three in the Copa América, in 2007 against Brazil and Chile, in 2015 and 2016. The fifth may be the charm.