Lionel Messi has devoted Argentina’s Copa America conquer Brazil to his household, his nation and likewise late idol Diego Maradona.
“I want to dedicate this success to my family, who have always given me the strength to continue, to my friends whom I love so much, to all the people who support us and above all to 45 millions Argentinians who have suffered so with this dreadful virus,” Barcelona megastar Messi wrote on Instagram.
Argentina is approaching a 100,000 Covid-19 demise toll and weeks earlier than the beginning of the Copa match Buenos Aires refused to co-stage the occasion with Colombia owing to the surge in pandemic instances.
South American confederation CONMEBOL in the end transferred internet hosting rights to Brazil on the final minute regardless of that nation having seen greater than half one million virus deaths, the second highest international tally after the United States.
Messi, 34, additionally paid tribute to the reminiscence of Maradona, who died aged 60 final November, saying that “Diego was surely urging us on wherever he is”.
Argentina’s success over the Brazilians in Rio was not simply Messi’s first main trophy for the Albiceleste however his nation’s first continental honour in 28 years.
Messi had been determined to guide the facet to glory after a collection of disappointments each at World Cups and the Copa.
Given its battle in opposition to the additional unfold of the virus, Argentina has not organised celebrations to mark their title win.
After arriving again within the nation on Sunday, the squad have been briefly acquired on the nation’s soccer federation headquarters after which dispersed for a pre-season break.
Despite the low-key welcome, hundreds of followers took to the streets regardless of tight virus restrictions.
“To continue to party we must continue to take care of each other — let’s not forget we have a long way to go to get back to normality,” Messi warned.
“Use this happiness to gather strength to fight this virus together.”