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"Individual awards are secondary" Says Messi After Leading Argentina to the Copa America Semi-final

Mudeet Arora
Messi came up with a man of the match performance against Ecuador in the Copa America
Messi came up with a man of the match performance against Ecuador in the Copa America / Pedro Vilela/Getty Images

Lionel Messi continued his incredible performances in the Copa America as he led Argentina to a 3-0 quarter-final win over Ecuador, registering involvements in all three of the Albiceleste's goals in the knockout game.

Argentina were on the front foot since the very beginning. Messi did miss a big chance early in the game but made up for it with an incredible assist to Rodrigo De Paul, who handed the lead to Lionel Scaloni's side.

Ecuador tried to make a comeback in the game but Emiliano Martinez kept Argentina ahead before Messi came up with a brilliant second assist of the game to Lautaro Martinez who doubled his side's advantage.

Later, Di Maria was fouled just outside the box and Messi came up with an absolute gem of a free-kick to wrap up the game in style with two assists and a trademark free-kick goal.

This is what Messi said after his incredible performance:

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Messi after Argentina's 3-0 win over Ecuador / 90min

He also added, "It was a very difficult match, we knew about the difficulty of the opponent. It was hard fought until we got the goal, then it got more tangled. The important thing is we took one more step. We tried to play, at times we couldn't, the pitch didn't help much. We played a very important match. One of our objectives was to be among the top four best teams. Now we have to rest because there is little time until our next game."

Fans on Twitter went absolutely berserk with Messi's performance throughout this game and reacted in huge numbers.

Argentina will now meet Colombia in the semi-final as Messi looks set to win his first ever international title and justifies his 'Greatest of All Time' status, once again.

It is not going to be easy but this time, it genuinely looks like this Argentina team is ready for glory.

Click here to check out all the latest results and upcoming semi-final fixtures, their telecast time and broadcasting details in India.