Argentina coach, Lionel Scaloni has revealed that captain Lionel Messi played against Colombia and Brazil in Copa America with a hamstring injury.
According to Scaloni, Messi sustained the injury during Argentina’s Copa America 3-0 win against Ecuador in the quarter-final last week.
Recall that Argentina defeated Colombia on penalties in the Copa America semi-final last Wednesday.
Argentina also defeated Brazil 1-0 in the Copa America final on Saturday, thanks to Angel Di Maria’s first-half goal.
“Messi has been playing with a hamstring injury against Colombia and Brazil, after getting a knock against Ecuador,” Scaloni said at his post-match press conference.
He added, “It’s a great title, especially for our people. The fans support the team unconditionally. I think they can identify with this team that never gives in.”
Meanwhile, reacting to Argentina’s Copa America victory against Brazil, Messi paid tribute to God after winning his first major title with his country.
Messi also finished Copa America 2021 with the most goals (four) and most assists (five).