Image: Lionel MessiMessi led Argentina to the 2014 World Cup and Copa America last year, reaching the finals on both occasions but missing the trophy by a whisker. The Barca forward says his country have prepared well enough to have the game of their lives. He believes the team is ready--more than ever-- to change history and become a champion. “The final is important for me because I could win a Copa America. It’s the third final I've got to play in with the national team and I hope to change history one day and become a champion,” the No 10 said at a Press conference.
“Winning would certainly be the best gift we could give, not only for me [in reference to turning 29 on Friday] but the whole group. We must seize this opportunity and win the cup by any means.
“[On possibly losing a third straight final with Argentina], I don’t know if it’d be a failure.
“Still, this is my third consecutive final and not winning it would be a big disappointment.
“We’re feeling very well, very excited and raring to play this game. We’ve arrived [for the final] spectacularly, but it’s true that we have to prove it on the pitch.
“We’ve grown a lot as a team, as a group, and become more united this past year. We’re focused on the cup and no-one can change that.”