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Lionel Messi Dedicates Copa America Win to Argentines and Diego Maradona

Mudeet Arora
Messi dedicates Copa America trophy to Argentina and Diego Maradona
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Argentina legend Lionel Messi has gone ahead and dedicated his country's Copa America glory to "45 million Argentines" and the legendary Diego Maradona.

Messi won his first ever international continental trophy as his Argentina side overcame Brazil's challenge in the Copa America final on Saturday.

After his team's incredible win in the final, Messi took to Instagram and posted:

"It was an incredible Copa America. We know that we can still improve a lot of things, but the truth is that the guys gave it everything and I can't be more proud to have the luck of being captain of this spectacular group.

"I want to dedicate this success to my family, who always gave me the strength to move forward, to my friends that I love so much, to all the people who believe in us and most of all to the 45 million Argentines who have endured such a tough time with this virus ..., especially those that have been personally affected.

"This is for all, and of course also for Diego, who surely was supporting us from wherever he is.

"In order to continue celebrating we have to continue taking care of ourselves. 

"Let's not forget that there is still a long way to go to return to normality and I hope we can take advantage of this happiness to gain a little strength to fight the virus together."