Saturday’s Copa America final between Brazil and Argentina is an opportunity to revive the age-old rivalry on the football field, while for football fans around the world, it is a match between Lionel Messi and Neymar. The match, to be held at the historic Maracana Stadium, will see the challenge of stopping Messi, one of the greatest in football history, while Messi will be tasked with breaching the world’s toughest defense.
Neymar’s Brazil has conceded just two goals in six matches of the Copa America. Experienced Thiago Silva, Marquinhos and Eder Militao are taking turns to avoid risk. Midfielders Casemiro and Fred are in form. Right-back Danilo and left-back Renan Lodi are not easy to dodge? This player was upset with the decision to hold the tournament in Brazil, but now his only goal is to beat Messi’s Argentina in the final.
Casemiro said in a press conference, “The zone in which Messi plays, I also play in the same zone. We meet face to face many times. I cannot target any player alone. This work is done as a team. We do not target just one player.”
Argentina, on the other hand, has found a way to save Messi. Midfielders Rodrigo de Paul and Giovanni Lo Celso form a circle around him. Along with this, he also manages to give good passes to Lautaro Martinez and Nico Gonzales. Messi has scored four goals in this tournament so far and has played a supporting role in five. He has already said that his dream is to win the title for Argentina. He is playing in the form of Barcelona for the national team.
The last time Brazil defeated Argentina in the Copa America 2019 semi-final. Neymar was out of the tournament due to injury. The craze about this match is such that Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro told Argentine President Alberto Fernandez in an online meeting, “I know the result will be 5-0.” On this Fernandez was left laughing.