Lionel Messi will play in Brazil, in the 46th edition of the Copa America in soccer, which starts on Friday, his ninth finals for Argentina, there is a search for a title in the service of his country for which he 'despairs'.
Messi, now 32, has been in four finals, but he has never been a winner, and in half of the eight races he has participated in, he 'fell' on penalties.
From 2006 to 2018, the FC Barcelona player added frustrations behind frustrations to the service of the selection 'albi-celeste', but he still has not given up, because, as he has said several times, he does not want to finish his career without winning something for Argentina.
In his résumé there are already two important titles for his country, but not in the main selection: he won the Under-20 World Cup in the Netherlands in 2005 and snatched the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
For the 'AA' formation, he continues to 'zero', in a trajectory that, in great competitions, began in the 2006 World Cup, a test in which Argentina fell in the quarterfinals, defeated by Germany, on penalties (2-4).
The following year, in its first Copa América, reached the final, but in Venezuela, Brazil, who was not even in the top strength, clearly outperformed, winning 3-0.
Three years later, in the second World Cup, in South Africa, Messi was not happy, under the command of Diego Armando Maradona, with Argentina saying goodbye again in the 'quarters' against the Germans, this time with a rout for 4- 0.
In 2011, the Copa America was on Argentine soil, but the hosts did not pass the quarterfinals again, eliminated by Uruguay – who would win the competition – in another shootout for penalties (4-5).
At the third World Cup in 2014 in Brazil, Messi arrived with Argentina in the final, but for the third time, he fell against Germany, this time in extra time, due to a goal from Mario Gotze, at 113 minutes in Maracanã .
It was the first of three finals in three years, the next two almost equal, in 2015 and 2016, with disappointment in the final against Chile, after 120 minutes without goals: 1-4 in the first 'lottery', only with Messi to hit , and 2-4 in the second.
Last year, in Russia, Argentina made the final finals in the 'Messi era' as they tumbled out of the World Cup in the first knockout round, beaten 4-3 by France to win the championship.
Back in Brazil in 2019, Messi will thus compete in his ninth final tournament for Argentina and fifth in the Copa América, where he has 11 assists, a record that is a record of the competition's history, and eight goals.
In the 21 matches played in the competition, the current capital of 'albi-celeste', which represented 130 times, scoring 67 goals, had 13 wins, seven draws and a miserable defeat with Brazil in the 2007 final. 15 matches.
Compared with the 2018/19 season, Messi, who won the Liga and the Spanish Super Cup, has scored 53 goals and 19 assists in 52 appearances, having been the top scorer in the Champions League with 12 goals for the sixth time, and the Spanish League, with 36, which also earned him a sixth 'Golden Boot'.
* Article originally published on June 12