Brazil may have lost the Copa America final against Argentina, but post-match striker Neymar’s gesture won over social media and is praised as a perfect friend even after the loss. After the match, Neymar met Lionel Messi and the two hugged. Messi and Neymar have been friends for a long time, as both played together at Barcelona.
Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 in the Copa America final on Sunday, thanks to Angel Di Maria’s goal. With this win, Lionel Messi registered his first win in an important international tournament, also Argentina won Copa America Cup after 28 years, the team last won the title in 1993.
The official Twitter handle of Copa America shared the images and captioned the post as: “Respect. Nay Leo”. Since the post was made on the social network, it has now gone viral with many users praising Neymar for being a perfect friend and feeling what the benefits really mean for Messi.
¡LO LINDO DEL FÚTBOL! Emotivo abrazo entre Messi 🇦🇷 y Neymar 🇧🇷 ¡ÍDOLOS!
— Copa América (@CopaAmerica) July 11, 2021
Messi was seven years old when Argentina last won the prestigious Copa America trophy. Maria’s strike in the final of the tournament brought great joy to Messi and his fans.
Whenever a debate broke out between Messi or any other great player, football experts have always highlighted that the Argentine captain was not able to get the award on the big stage. Messi won everything at club level, both individually and as a team, but missed out on a major title with Argentina in addition to the 2008 Olympic gold medal.
For now, and at least sometimes there will be no one to question Messi’s legacy, as he has finally won his first trophy with the national senior team. Messi wants Argentina to continue the momentum in the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Messi was involved in nine of the 12 goals scored by Argentina during the tournament and was also named player of the tournament along with Brazilian Neymar, who scored two goals and scored three.
Argentina secured their 15th continental title with this victory, equaling with Uruguay in most Copa America wins. La Albiceleste is at the top with its neighbors Uruguay, while Brazil is ranked third with 9 wins.