Messi said it was my final!

The Paris Saint-Germain winger scored the goal that ended his country’s international trophy drought

Angel Di Maria revealed that Lionel Messi told him the Copa America final would be his moment to shine as the duo helped Argentina seal a long-awaited triumph over Brazil.

The Paris Saint-Germain winger scored the goal that ended his country’s international trophy drought

Angel Di Maria revealed that Lionel Messi told him the Copa America final would be his moment to shine as the duo helped Argentina seal a long-awaited triumph over Brazil.

What did Di Maria say?

“It’s going to be unforgettable,” Di Maria said after the game. “Messi told me thanks to me, I said thanks to him! 

“He told me that it was my final, that it was the rematch for the finals that I couldn’t play. It had to be today and today it was.”

He added:  “I am happy for my daughters, my wife, my parents, all the people who supported us and for all the crazy people who came here.

“A World Cup is coming up soon and this is a huge boost.”

‘Messi needed everyone, and we needed him’

While it was Di Maria that got the goal, Rodrigo De Paul was also a force in the midfield, helping Argentina take it to a strong Brazil team.

It was a game where Messi was not neccesarily required to be the here, having scored four goals to get Argentina this far, and De Paul was glad to be one of several team-mates to pay Messi back with a trophy.