This time, either. It is not that Argentina reached the Copa América at its best. In fact, it was not even on the list of the great candidates for the title after a convulsive period since the departure of Jorge Sampaoli derived from the huge disappointment of the World Cup in Russia, amid furious criticism of the coach, Lionel Scaloni, and the sunset of a generation that does not seem to find relief in a new batch of much less talent. In any case, a team that has Messi among its players always expect something more, even if it's a sports miracle.
On this occasion, you can not blame the rest of the team that was not up to '10', but the rosarino was gray, even below the general tone of a team that managed to solve with some difficulties the phase of groups, improved its image against Venezuela in the quarterfinals and competed but could not with a superior Brazilian team today.
The truth is that the albiceleste, one of the most successful football teams with two World Cups and fourteen titles of the Copa America, does not taste the honeys of a triumph since 1993, a terrible slab in a country that lives with unlimited passion this sport and that this time he claims against the Ecuadorian Roddy Zambrano's arbitration. "We have a fight because we played a great game so that it ends in this way. They were not superior to us. The second was a counter, where they do not charge us the penalty. They got tired of charging bullies in this Copa América and today they never went to the VAR, "said Messi after the game.
Two more opportunities
Beyond the anger, the truth is that the rosario star is starting to finish the time to reach glory with Argentina after four World Cups, with a final in 2014 against Germany at the Maracana in which the glory disappeared in extra time , and five editions of the Copa América disputed in which they escaped to three finals, two of them on penalties against Chile. At 32 years and despite doubts about his willingness to continue defending the albiceleste, Messi said after the defeat against the great rival his intention to continue trying, ignoring the harsh criticism that has received from Argentina throughout these years.
«I found myself very well with this group. If I have to help, I'll do it. There is a nice group to grow and if I can help from where I play and accompany them, I will be, "he assured categorically at '10', which in any case, will be difficult to reach beyond the Qatar World Cup in 2022. By then, He will have turned 35 and would have to wait two more years to hurry up to the Copa America in 2024 in Ecuador. Thus, the rosarino has two bullets to be definitively crowned albiceleste: the first of them in the Copa América next summer, which Argentina will host next to Colombia, and the second and perhaps last in Qatar, which would be his fifth World Cup. From its best version and the evolution of footballers like Lo Celso, Paredes or Lautaro Martínez, many of its options will depend on it.