Our prediction for this Copa America match:
There will be fireworks when Argentina and Brazil square off against each other in the Copa America final. Leo Messi is after his first ever trophy with the national team, speaking of major tournaments, but beating the Selecao in Rio de Janeiro is easier said than done. Lautaro Martinez, who found the net in the semis, is widely expected to lead the line for La Albiceleste. Lionel Scaloni is unlikely to make changes to the team that defeated los Cafeteros on penalties.
Tite’s men, on the other hand, eliminated Peru thanks to Lucas Paqueta’s goal, who found the net after Neymar’s amazing assist. Brazil have been impressive at the back at the 2021 Copa America, and seeing that Argentina have conceded only three goals at the showpiece tournament, under 2.5 goals betting option should be considered. The good news for the Brazilians is that Man City attacker Gabriel Jesus returns from suspension, but Felipe remains on the sidelines with injury.
Highlighted Player (Lionel Messi):
Lionel Messi is regarded as one of the best players in the history of football. He was born on 24 June, 1987 in Rosario and he began his football career at Newell’s Old Boys. At age 10 he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency, but having realized his potential at a young age, Barcelona decided to pay for his treatment.
Messi joined Barca in 2001 and he has been playing for the Camp Nou outfit ever since. The Argentine magician has won eight La Liga trophies with Barca and he helped the Catalan giants lift no less than four Champions League titles (2005/2006, 2008/2009, 2010/2011, 2014/2015).
In the 2011/2012 La Liga campaign Messi scored 50 goals for Barca, while netting 14 goals in the 2011/2012 Champions League campaign. The five-time Golden Ball award winner has established himself as Barcelona’s all-time top scorer, but he has yet to win a trophy with Argentina national team at major tournaments. Leo Messi, though, has won Olympic Gold Medal (2008) and FIFA World Youth Championship (2005), with la Albiceleste.
Highlighted Team (Brazil):
One of the most decorated teams in world football, Selecao have also been regarded as one of the most attractive and exciting teams with glowing reputation preceding them. Members of the CONMEBOL confederation, Brazil have played their first international in 1914 losing to bitter rivals Argentina with a comfortable 3-0 margin.
Brazil is the most successful nation in the FIFA World Cup with five championship title to their name. However, Selecao failed to advance past the quarter-finals of the last two tournaments last winning their World Cup in 2002. Their last title was the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and the star-studded team will be looking to get back to winning ways at this year’s historic Copa America Centenario in the United States.
Legendary Pele is Brazil’s top scorer with 77 goals to his name, while the team’s biggest star of the modern era Barcelona forward Neymar is sitting in fifth place having so far netted 46.