Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi Makes History: Set to Play in Record 7th Final with Argentina

Messi to Continue Playing Beyond Copa America Final

Lionel Messi is poised to make history as he prepares to play in his seventh final with Argentina’s national team. This unprecedented achievement comes after Argentina’s 2-0 victory over Canada in which Messi scored his 109th international goal.

The 37-year-old soccer legend is not ready to hang up his boots just yet.

“As I’ve said before, I intend to continue,” Messi shared after the game.

“I’m 37 years and only God knows when the end will be.” His determination to keep playing is driven by his passion for the sport and his day-by-day approach to his career.”

Argentina Advances to Copa America Final

The defending champions Argentina secured their place in the Copa America final with a decisive win over Canada. Goals from Julian Alvarez and Messi sealed the victory setting up a showdown against either Uruguay or Colombia in Florida.

Messi reflected on the journey after the match expressing his joy and awareness of the fleeting nature of these opportunities.

“Let’s enjoy what we are experiencing as a national team, as a group. It is not easy to be in a final again,” he said, acknowledging that this final might be the last chance for some of his teammates including Angel Di Maria and Nicolas Otamendi to claim more silverware.

The game was not without its challenges as Canada put up a strong fight in the opening 20 minutes. But Argentina’s experience and skill shone through.

Alvarez’s goal in the 22nd minute assisted by Rodrigo De Paul set the tone. Messi rejuvenated despite a recent muscle injury scored the second goal in the 51st minute marking his 14th goal in Copa America play.

A Legendary Career Continues

Messi’s career has been marked by numerous milestones and accolades. The eight-time Ballon d’Or winner has amassed 186 appearances for Argentina helping secure the 2021 Copa America and the 2022 World Cup.

His journey has seen moments of both triumph and heartbreak including his brief retirement after the 2016 Copa America final loss to Chile.

Argentina’s latest victory adds to their storied history in the Copa America where they have won a joint-record 15 titles. As they prepare for yet another final Messi’s leadership and skill remain central to their success.

The upcoming final represents not just another chance for Argentina to lift the trophy but also another chapter in Messi’s legendary career.

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