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Copa America 2021: A Look at Head-to-Head Between Lionel Messi & Neymar Before the Final

Arjun Singh Devgan
Lionel Messi and Neymar will face-off in the final of 2021 Copa America with Argentina taking on Brazil
Lionel Messi and Neymar will face-off in the final of 2021 Copa America with Argentina taking on Brazil / Pedro Vilela/Getty Images
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The 2021 Copa America has been one of the most exciting one's in recent history, with the final set to be played between two South American heavyweights and two of the best sides in the tournament Argentina and Brazil.

The final will be played on Sunday what makes it even more exciting is that the game will see two of the biggest superstars of the game, Lionel Messi and Neymar face-off.

Messi for his part will be looking to lead his country to international glory and win his first major trophy with Argentina, while Neymar will hope to ensure that Brazil win their second consecutive trophy.

Messi and Neymar have met on the field as rivals before, but this will be the biggest game in which they come across each other. Here, we take a look at their head-to-head record at the international level.

Lionel Messi vs Neymar (International fixtures)

- Messi and Neymar have faced each other three times so far in international fixtures, with the first game coming in 2010 - with the record six Ballon d'Or award winner scoring a last-gasp winner to help Argentina beat Brazil 1-0.

- The second time they met each other was in a friendly in 2012, where Messi starred once again, netting a brilliant hat-trick to help his side win 4-3 in a thriller.

- However, Neymar got his revenge when they met for third time in 2014 as he got a win over Argentina in his third try.

- The last time the two superstars met on the field was in the 2016 World Cup qualifiers. Neymar scored his first goal against Argentina, leading his side to an easy 3-0 win.

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