Messi dedicates trophy to Maradona and Argentines fighting Covid

    Messi dedicates trophy to Maradona and Argentines fighting Covid
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    Waist with the Copa America trophy. Photo: Reuters

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    Waist with the Copa America trophy. Photo: Reuters

    Lionel Messi said on Sunday that he hopes the triumph of Argentina’s Copa America will help give his compatriots strength in their battle to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The message, posted on social media, came less than a day after Albiceleste’s 1-0 victory over Brazil in the Copa America final at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, ending Argentina’s 28-year wait for a major trophy.

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    “In the Maracana and the classic against Brazil … It was an incredible Cup, we know we can still improve a lot, but the truth is that the kids left their souls and I can not be more proud to be lucky enough to I am the leader of this spectacular team, “Messi, who was exemplary in his leadership throughout the tournament, wrote on Instagram.

    Diego Maradona died at the age of 60 last year and Messi, who trained with Maradona in the 2010 World Cup, dedicated the victory to the legendary former Argentine number 10.

    “I want to dedicate this success to my family who have always given me the strength to keep going, to my friends I love so much, to all the people who are our bankers and especially to the 45 million Argentines who have had such a bad time with this virus. “Especially those who touched them more closely. It goes for all of you. And of course, also for Diego who definitely supported us from wherever he is.”

    He also warned his country’s citizens to be vigilant against the coronavirus pandemic, saying “there is still a long way to go”.

    “To continue to celebrate we must continue to take care of ourselves, not forgetting that there is still a long way to go to return to normalcy and take advantage of this happiness to gain some strength to fight together to win against the virus.

    “Thank God for everything you gave me and thank you for making me an Argentine,” Messi wrote on Instagram.

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