COPA AMÉRICA

Copa América - Messi's Perfect 10

Lionel Messi was captain for Argentina’s 1-0 win over Brazil on Saturday but his performance was irrelevant compared to what the victory means – a first major title for Messi in the blue and white of the national side.

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Messi had a quiet game by his own standards and missed a golden chance with two minutes remaining when he appeared to stutter with only the keeper to beat.

But the record books will record he finished the tournament's top goalscorer with four goals and was elected joint best player along with Neymar.

More importantly Messi is finally a winner at international level after finishing on the losing side in four previous finals - three times in the Copa America and once in the 2014 World Cup.

People took to the streets in Argentina to celebrate the win, Argentina's first major title since 1993. Argentine TV celebrated the title as Messi's.