Argentina’s Lionel Messi Advances to Copa America Final with Stunning Hat-Trick: Can He Break International Goals Record?

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Lionel Messi led Argentina to a crucial victory over Canada, securing a spot in the Copa America final and inching closer to making history by potentially winning a third consecutive major title. Messi expressed his amazement at the accomplishments of the Argentina national team, acknowledging the impressive journey they have undertaken to reach another final.

Julian Alvarez opened the scoring for Argentina in the 22nd minute, followed by Messi scoring his 109th international goal in the 51st minute. With this goal, Messi extended his remarkable scoring record for Argentina, now standing at 28 goals in his last 25 matches with the team. His goal also marked his 14th in Copa America competitions, bringing him within three goals of the record.

Argentina’s victory extended their unbeaten streak to 10 games, as they aim for a record 16th Copa America title in the upcoming final against either Uruguay or Colombia. Messi, reflecting on the team’s journey, emphasized the importance of savoring every moment as they approach what he refers to as their “last battles.”

The Copa America campaign has presented challenges for Messi and his team, with varying playing conditions and the competitive nature of the tournament. Despite these challenges, Argentina has shown resilience and determination on their path to the final. Messi, who missed a game due to injury, returned with vigor to contribute to Argentina’s success in the crucial stages of the tournament.

The match against Canada showcased the overwhelming support for Argentina, with fans filling the stadium in New Jersey. The victory over Canada further solidified Argentina’s position as a strong contender in the tournament and highlighted Messi’s impactful presence on the field. As the team anticipates the final, coach Lionel Scaloni remains focused on the ultimate goal of winning.

Looking ahead, Argentina’s future in major tournaments holds promise, with potential aspirations to match Spain’s impressive feat of winning consecutive major titles. As Messi and his team reflect on their achievements and the challenges faced along the way, they remain determined to make their mark in the history of international football.

The journey to the Copa America final has been a testament to Argentina’s resilience and skill, with Messi leading the way as one of the most prolific goal-scorers in the tournament. As the team prepares for the final showdown, the focus remains on unity, determination, and the pursuit of victory.