Messi against Neymar, for a star-studded duel between former teammates at FC Barcelona. Argentina joined Brazil in the Copa America final, overcoming Colombia on penalties (1-1, 3 tab-2).
The explanation between the two heavyweights from the South American continent will take place on Saturday evening at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro. For the Argentine, as for the Brazilian, it will finally be the occasion to win a major title with his country of origin.
Without a club since the recent end of his contract with FC Barcelona, Lionel Messi will be particularly keen to break a terrible curse, those of the finals lost with Albiceleste (2014 World Cup, Copa America 2007, 2015, 2016). He will count on the contribution of his teammate, Emiliano Martinez, Arsenal goalkeeper, impressing against the Colombians after stopping three opposing attempts in the penalty shoot-out.
This great classic of South American football will also have a very special flavor for Neymar. “I want (to face) Argentina, I am for them because I have friends in this team, but it is Brazil who will win the final”, declared the Parisian striker at the end of the semi-final played against Peru. Spared against Ecuador before being flamboyant against the Peruvians, Ney intends to succeed where his PSG teammate, Kylian Mbappé failed: to bring back to Paris a continental title brilliantly won with his national team.