Messi set to win first silverware with Argentina


Argentina’s Lionel Messi is determined to “change history and become a champion” as his side face Chile in the Copa America final early Monday at the MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey. Messi spoke of his sadness at having missed out with Argentina in consecutive finals – at the 2014 World Cup and the Copa America last year – and is focused on putting that right. “The final is important for me because I could win a Copa America,” Messi said at a press conference. “ It’s the third final I’ve got to play in with the national team and I hope to change history one day and become a champion” “Winning would certainly be the best gift we could give, not only for me [in reference to turning 29 on Friday] but the whole group. We must seize this opportunity and win the cup by any means. Argentina’s Lionel Messi celebrates with team-mates after scoring a goal during the first half against the United States in the semi-finals of the 2016 Copa America “[On possibly losing a third straight final with Argentina], I don’t know if it’d be a failure. “ Still, this is my third consecutive final and not winning it would be a big disappointment.”
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