BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Argentina is having fun with the “Barcelona model” of Lionel Messi on the Copa America forward of his a hundred and fiftieth look for the nationwide crew.
The 34-year-old Messi remains to be searching for his first main success with Argentina, not counting Olympic gold in 2008.
However with 4 objectives and 4 assists within the event to this point, Messi has led Argentina to the semifinals the place it performs Colombia on Tuesday on the Mané Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia.
On Saturday he scored one purpose and supplied two assists in Argentina’s 3-0 win in opposition to Ecuador within the quarterfinals. It was Messi’s first recreation since his contract with Barcelona expired.
Messi has performed a file 149 matches for Argentina. His impressed performances within the final 5 are being in comparison with his finest days with Barcelona, together with his imaginative and prescient on the sphere, the standard of his passes and two objectives from free kicks.
“We now have to take it straightforward, take into consideration Colombia now, they’re a troublesome crew with gamers who’re nice, skilled, very fast up entrance, good defenders and quick counterattackers,” Messi mentioned. “We hope to go step-by-step … and be at this last we crave for.”
9 Argentina coaches have tried — some greater than others — to duplicate with Argentina the identical Barcelona mannequin that allowed Messi to shine and change into the Catalan membership’s all-time main scorer.