Lionel Messi has started the tournament in scintillating form, bagging a stunning free-kick in the Albiceleste’s first clash, before proving a constant thorn in the side of the Uruguayans in game two.
After the contest, Messi took to Instagram to send a message to supporters and teammates alike, writing “Let’s f***ing go!!! It was important to win today. This will give us peace of mind for what’s coming that will continue to be hard.”
The message accompanied a picture of the six-time Balon D’or winner with his team-mates Joaquin Correa, Rodrigo De Paul, Leandro Paredes, Angel Di Maria and Nicolas Otamendi.
Messi’s side now just need one win from their final two group games against Paraguay and Bolivia to secure their passage into the knockout rounds.
The 33-year-old will have to be at his very best if he is to lead Argentina to Copa America success, but if he can continue his current purple patch his side have more than a fighting chance.
Plenty of fans in his home country believe this tournament could be Messi’s last chance to lift a trophy in Argentina colours and the forward playing his best could prove to be the key.
While the Barca star is vying for team glory, his long-term rival Cristiano Ronaldo is in pursuit of the individual accolade of becoming the all-time record goal-scorer at international level.
Ronaldo’s strike against Portugal in their 4–2 defeat at the hands of Germany in their Euro 2020 clash ensured his tally for country now sits at 107, just two off of the world record held by Iran’s Ali Daei.
What is almost more impressive is the time in which the Juventus star has managed to accumulate that total, notching 107 in just 177 games.
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Though Ronaldo just needs a brace in Portugal’s final group game to equal the record and a hat-trick to surpass it, the 36-year-old’s summer could still be overshadowed by Messi should the Argentine win his first major honour at international level.
His lack of success for country has often been an albatross around the neck of Messi, if he can lay that Argentina-trophy drought to bed this summer the Barca star could steal the limelight from Ronaldo once again.