Argentine forward, Angel Di Maria has said that superstar Lionel Messi say to him after after Argentina bags the 2021 Copa America trophy made him happy.
Di Maria who score the lone goal midway through the first half when he lobbed Ederson after full back Renan Lodi failed to cut out a long-through ball which gave Argentina their first major title in 28 years on Sunday at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium
Angentinal’s last success at a major tournament was in 1993 when the great Gabriel Batistuta’s brace gave them a 2-1 win over Mexico in the Copa final in Ecuador.
While speaking with newsmen after match, Angel Di Maria siad that “It’s going to be unforgettable as Messi told me thank you I said thanks to him.
“He told me that it was my final, that it was the rematch for the finals that I couldn’t play. It had to be today and today it was.”
“I am happy for my daughters, my wife, my parents, all the people who supported us and for all the crazy people who came here.
“A World Cup is coming up soon and this is a huge boost.”
“We fell short so many times, we dreamt so much about this, fought so hard,” said Di Maria, who was named man of the match.
“Many people said we wouldn’t manage it, we were criticized a lot. But we kept knocking at the door and kept going until today we knocked it down and entered.”
The tournament which was delayed by a year because of the coronavirus pandemic and moved from initial co-hosts Colombia and Argentina was watched by a small crowd of 7,000 invited guests, because of Covid-19 restrictions.