Lionel Messi Keeps Teammates Celebrating, Consoles Neymar Following Argentina's Copa America Victory
While continuing to console the sad Brazilian, Lionel Messi used his right arm to keep his Argentina teammates away from Neymar.
Lionel Messi's long search for a trophy with Argentina came to an end on Sunday (IST), as Argentina defeated Brazil 1-0 in the Copa America final. Messi had won an Olympic gold medal with Argentina, but he had yet to win a senior international prize. Angel Di Maria scored the only goal in the Copa America final, ending Argentina's 28-year drought for a major championship.
Quite understandably, Messi celebrated wildly with his Argentina teammates but there came a moment that will forever be etched in the minds of football fans all over the world.
Following the final whistle, Brazil's Neymar was spotted going towards Argentina's celebratory camp, searching for Messi, his old Barcelona colleague. They embraced as soon as they saw each other, with Messi comforting his Brazilian rival.
However, the viral moment occurred when Messi moved his right arm to keep Argentina's jubilant teammates away from Neymar while continuing to comfort the devastated Brazilian.
Watch the video here:
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Argentina's Copa America triumph at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium ended Brazil's unbeaten home record that stretched back more than 2,500 days. Argentina had last tasted success at a major tournament in 1993 when the great Gabriel Batistuta's brace gave them a 2-1 win over Mexico in the Copa final in Ecuador.
It was the first time in six editions playing at home that Brazil had failed to lift the trophy.
While Messi's trophy jinx with Argentina finally ended, Neymar is still without a major title at the international level having missed Brazil's win on home soil two years ago through injury.