Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni paid tribute to Lionel Messi on Saturday, praising his crew captain and revealing he performed within the Copa America win over Brazil with an harm.

“If you knew the way that he played in the Copa America you’d love him even more,” Scaloni instructed reporters after Argentina’s 1-0 win on the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

“You can never do without a player like him, even when he is not fully fit like in this game and the previous one.”

Scaloni didn’t say what the harm was however he showered Messi with reward on an evening Argentines took to the streets in enormous numbers to have fun their first worldwide title in 28 years and Messi’s first victory with the nationwide aspect.

Messi, winner of the FIFA Player of the Year award a file six occasions, has gained each membership and particular person honour with Barcelona however he had misplaced all 4 of his earlier finals with Argentina.

The 34-year outdated had proven his frustration with the defeats, retiring after dropping the 2016 Copa America to Chile solely to return to the worldwide fold just a few weeks later.

“In the end he did not throw in the towel and he succeeded,” Scaloni stated.

“We are talking about the best footballer of all time and everyone knew how important it was for him to win a title with the national team.”

“I have a relationship that is different than the (usual) coach-player relationship,” Scaloni added. “It’s closer. We greet each other, we hug each other, and I am eternally grateful to him and his team mates.”



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