09/09/2021 at 10:15 AM CEST
The captain of the Argentina team, Lionel Messi, spoke for the first time about the consecration of the Albiceleste as champion of the Copa América and stated that They were not “the worst” before, nor are they “the best” now..
“When we won, I couldn’t believe it. I dreamed of it so much that I didn’t even understand what was happening. I honestly enjoy it more now when I see the image than at that time that I was gone and paralyzed, “said the current French Paris Saint Germain player.
“Knowing that we are not the best in the world is a turning point for us. Now what we want to use this clean and jerk to finish growing as a team“, he added in a telephone interview with the ESPN channel from the concentration of the Argentine National Team at the AFA property in the Buenos Aires town of Ezeiza.
“Finally a happy vacation from the first day to the lastI always played without achieving the goal and the first 15 days were bitter, without wanting anything, “he added.
Regarding his feelings after the title, the Rosario reflected: “There was a part of journalism that treated me as a failure and that I did not feel the shirt. We must start by recognizing that we are not the best in the world. We were not the worst before and we are not the best now. “
The Argentine star had a gesture with his coach Lionel Scaloni and expressed: “He has great merit for all this. He was the one who grabbed the National Team at a difficult moment, who believed and gradually built up. He always knew what he wanted. “
“He was trusting the players, new people, young people, he always knew what he wanted. We grew little by little. Since the Copa América in 2019, a leap was made, we began to grow as a National Team, all of his work and the coaching staff, giving the boys the confidence to do what they did, “he added about Scaloni.
“Believing that we reached our peak, believing that we are the best, we have to keep growing. Take advantage of the clean and jerk. The Copa América has to give us the clean and jerk to grow in the game, grow in football“, he pointed out on the horizon of the World Cup in Qatar.
Finally, in relation to this Thursday’s match against Bolivia for the last of the triple date of the South American Qualifiers, he said: “We are seeing that everything is crazy, a pity that it cannot be a full stadium due to the pandemic. It is a spectacular moment for us, we really want to enjoy all that“.
“This team thinks about winning the three points to continue adding. Enjoy the Cup that was won and everything we can. To celebrate a title, we had been close many times, we had not been lucky enough to be able to do it. It happened and you have to enjoy it, but without neglecting that there is a game and that it is worth three points, which are very important“, he concluded.