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Angel Di Maria Reveals What Lionel Messi Told Him After Copa America Title Win

Ali Shibil Roshan
Messi, Di Maria and Martinez celebrate
Messi, Di Maria and Martinez celebrate / Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images

Angel Di Maria has revealed Lionel Messi thanked him following the Copa America 2021 title win over Brazil, and that the six-time Ballon d'Or winner had told him the final was his moment to deliver for the nation.

Argentina were crowned the Copa America champions after they defeated Brazil 1-0 in the final, with Di Maria's goal in the 22nd minute proving to be the difference. The Paris Saint-Germain star controlled De Paul's long pass from deep with a superb first touch before chipping it over Ederson to give Argentina the lead.

Speaking after the game, which ended Argentina's 28-year wait for a major trophy, Di Maria revealed what Messi had told him after the match. "It's going to be unforgettable," Di Maria said, as quoted by Goal. "Messi told me thanks to me, I said thanks to him!

"He told me that it was my final, that it was the rematch for the finals that I couldn't play. It had to be today and today it was."

Di Maria also said the Copa America title win is a huge boost for Argentina ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

"I am happy for my daughters, my wife, my parents, all the people who supported us and for all the crazy people who came here," he added.

"A World Cup is coming up soon and this is a huge boost."