Lionel Messi believes Argentina deserve to win the Copa America as Barcelona star sets his sights on first international trophy
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- Lionel Messi wants Argentina to make up for recent final disappointment
- Argentina lost the World Cup and Copa America finals in successive years
- Messi is yet to win a major international trophy after 10 years in the team
- Argentina face Chile in a repeat of last year’s Copa America final
Lionel Messi believes his Argentina team deserve to win the Copa America after losing two major finals in as many years.
Argentina last won the competition 23 years ago, and followed up defeat in extra-time at the 2014 World Cup final with a heart-breaking penalty shoot-out loss to Chile in the Copa America final last year.
And captain Messi, who has won everything there is to win with Barcelona at club level, is desperate to add some international silverware to his trophy cabinet.
Lionel Messi believes Argentina deserve to win the Copa America after losing last year’s final to Chile
The Argentina captain also suffered defeat in extra time of the 2014 World Cup final against Germany
Argentina have not won a major trophy since winning the Copa America in 1993 in Ecuador
‘We will try our best to win the Copa, because for us it is very important,’ the five-time Ballon d’Or winner told Sports Illustrated.
‘More so, it has been a very long time since Argentina has won anything, and this group came very close in the World Cup and at the last Copa America. I think we deserve to be champions of an important competition.’
This year’s Copa America kicks off next weekend and will be hosted outside of South America for the first time, in the United States.
Messi, who has been linked with a move to MLS when he eventually chooses to leave Barcelona, believes there is no better place for the tournament to be held.
Messi celebrates winning the Copa del Rey with Barcelona after beating Sevilla 2-0 on Sunday
The Argentina captain poses with his wife and two children after the game at the Vicente Calderon
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‘It is a special Copa America, because it is going to be played in the United States – a unique country.
‘It is the best possible location for the tournament, with amazing stadiums and with a lot of people set to go to the games.’
Argentina’s first Copa America clash will be a repeat of last year’s final against Chile on June 7.