The biggest trophy in South America will be up for grab as two football giants, Brazil and Argentina battle each other in Sunday’s final of Copa America 2021.
Sunday’s blockbuster game will see former teammates and superstars of world football Messi and Neymar fight against each other for the prestigious trophy.
Recall that Brazil defeated Peru 1-0 in the semi-final while Argentina battled tooth and nail to overcome Colombia via penalties to reach the final.
Although Brazil won the last edition in 2019, Argentina have a better overall record with 14 titles compared to Brazil’s 9. However, their last Copa America title was in 1993. Since then, Messi & Co have lost 4 Copa America finals and one World Cup final.
The Barcelona legend has won everything at the club level, both in personal and team capacity, but has missed a major title with his country apart from a 2008 gold medal in the Olympics.
On the other hand, PSG and Brazilian star Neymar also have never won either of the two major football titles. He was out with injury in the 2019 Copa America which Brazil won.
Can Argentina end its 28-year drought for a major international tournament trophy?
Can Lionel Messi, regarded by many as the best ever, claim his first major title with his national team? Only 90 minutes will tell.
Sunday’s final will be the 108th clash between these two nations, with Brazil boasting 43 wins and Argentina having won 39.
However, it is Argentina who boast more competitive victories over their rivals, having won 19 of the 49 games between the sides in competitions, including 15 Copa America victories compared to Brazil’s 10.
Brazil: Ederson; Danilo, Marquinhos, Silva, Sandro; Fred, Casemiro; Richarlison, Paqueta, Everton; Neymar
Argentin: Martinez; Molina, Pezzella, Otamendi, Tagliafico; De Paul, Paredes, Lo Celso; Messi, L Martinez, Gomez
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