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Lionel Messi Finally Wins An International Trophy, As His Lone Goal Sinks Arch-Rival

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Subsequent to missing out the September and October games with Argentina friendlies because of a three-month international ban, Lionel Messi made a goalscoring come back as La Albiceleste sinks arch-rivals, Brazil in a Superclasico trophy match played at Saudi Arabia.

Messi has not played for Argentina since the Copa America after he was slammed with a three-month ban by CONMEBOL for questioning the integrity of the organization.

In spite of the ban, Messi made a goalscoring return as he scored the only goal of the match. The 32-year-old finished off a penalty bounce back after Alisson Becker had saved his initial penalty kick.

With the win over Brazil, Messi has now won a trophy with Argentina, although the fact still remains that the trophy isn’t recognized by the World football governing body (FIFA).

Nonetheless, Messi might steal on the opportunity to win his first significant trophy with La Albiscelste when they host next year’s edition of Copa America alongside Colombia.

READ ALSO: You Can Admire Him But ‘Messi Is Not God, It’s A Sacrilege – Pope Francis

Speaking after the game, the Barça captain said “we tried to attack early but we lacked accuracy and they were generating counter attacks. We were much better in the second half.”

“I think this way of defending works well for us. The win takes away some tension. It’s good for the games to come. I felt good at the end. We all ran a lot. That’s what we should do.”

As for Monday’s game with Uruguay in Israel, he added: “If the manager wants me too, then I’ll play.”

 

 

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Muyiwa is an ardent follower of everything football. Fascinated by the beauty of the game, he takes pleasure in penning down his opinion about a sport that has more lovers than haters. PS: He loves Barcelona for making football look easier than it actually is.

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