The Copa America 2021 will be played in Brazil due to COVID restrictions in Argentina and Colombia. This would be the 48th edition of the Copa America.
The previous edition of Copa America was held in 2016 and Brazil won the tournament that time. Uruguay is the most successful team in the history of Copa America. They have won Copa America for a record 15 times. Argentina is the second most successful team with 14 title wins.
Argentina are the favorites to win the Copa America 2021. The main reason behind this is the presence of GOAT Lionel Messi in the Argentina squad. This could be Messi’s last Copa America therefore his fans are praying that he lifts the trophy this time. Argentina have no title to show for since 1993 and four runner-up medals in a 12-year-span, La Albiceleste are in dire need of a strong run at Copa America 2021.
Lionel Scaloni’s men will try hard to break their losing streak in style. The 43-year-old coah has an interesting set of players at his disposal such as Lautaro Martinez, Rodrigo De Paul, Angel Di Maria, and of course, Lionel Messi in Argentina squad for Copa America 2021.
The following are reasons as to Why Argentina are the favorites to win the COPA AMERICA 2021 :
International title for Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi is undoubtedly the greatest football player in the world. He has proved himself by winning almost every major trophy and individual awards with Barcelona. But a lack of trophies with Argentina, outside the Olympic gold medal and U20 World Cup, is the main argument against the five time Ballon d’Or winner being the greatest of all time.
Messi will be hoping to end his dry spell with the national team at the Copa, being hosted by Brazil this summer. Messi won the Golden Ball during Fifa World Cup 2014, despite missing out on the ultimate glory at the hands of Germany.
A majority of football fans wants Argentina to win Copa America 2021 so that Messi can add an international glory to his name.
Tribute to Diego Maradona
The Argentina players and coaches paid tribute to Diego Maradona in a statue unveiling ceremony before their World Cup qualifier on Thursday against Chile. The statue depicts a defiant Maradona, hand on his waist and a ball at his feet. An inscription on it reads “Diego Maradona, 1960-2020” and a symbol representing infinity.
The best tribute that Argentina can give to Diego Maradona is to win Copa America this time. It would be perfect to dedicate this trophy to the greatest footballer of Argentina.
Neutralize the previous final losses
Copa America 2021 could be an opportunity to make amends for Argentina’s three final losses in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Argentina reached to final of Fifa World Cup 2014. They were the favorites to win the trophy. But in the final minutes a goal from Mario Gotze shattered the dreams of Argentina. Messi won the golden ball of the tournament.
Argentina made it to the decider of the 2015 Copa America. Unfortunately, they lost on penalties to hosts, Chile. In the 2016 Copa America Centenario, they lost on penalties to Chile once again in the final, with Messi, who scored his spot-kick the previous year, missing from 12 yards.
Argentina squad for Copa America 2021 has the potential to lock horns for the trophy. Therefore, if Argentina wins Copa America this time, it will give some relief to the pain of those three final losses.
Ballon d’or for Lionel Messi
The race for the 2021 Ballon d’Or award is heating up. With all the major domestic leagues and European competitions like the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League coming to an end, the focus will now shift to Euro 2020 and Copa America 2021.
Lionel Messi has had a stunning 2021, but the failure of Barcelona to win La Liga and make a deep run in the Champions League could cost the Argentine a shot at the Ballon d’Or award this year.
Lionel Messi might not get a chance to win a major international trophy. Doing so would put him right in the mix for a seventh Ballon d’Or come December.
Young Talent in Argentina Squad
The Argentina squad for Copa America 2021 is packed with young talents as well as experienced and versatile players. This time they can find a fluid combination of stars that can take the team to the pinnacle of the sport. The likes of Giovani Lo Celso, Lionel Messi, Lautaro Martinez, Juan Foyth and Nicolas Tagliafico have the potential to win Copa America.
Probably the last chance for Messi to win an international trophy
For Messi, there is extra significance to this tournament, even though it is not being played in his homeland as he might have hoped. He will turn 34 during the Copa America, so it could be his last realistic chance of achieving the one thing that has eluded him throughout his career – a major international trophy.