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Lionel Messi Was Paid By WhatsApp for Video Call to Family After Copa America Final

Mudeet Arora
Messi was paid by WhatsApp for calling his family after winning Copa America
Messi was paid by WhatsApp for calling his family after winning Copa America / MAURO PIMENTEL/Getty Images

One of the most viral footballing images of 2021 will surely be Lionel Messi talking on the phone to his family after winning the Copa America with Argentina.

Messi was seen enjoying a precious moment with his wife Antonella and his children after he led Argentina to lift the Copa America crown in Brazil.

The Argentina captain went ahead and shared a video of the call on his social media accounts with the caption, "What a special moment!,"

"This was just after the final when I was celebrating the Copa America win with my family in a WhatsApp video call."

Believe it or not, this post is part of Messi's paid partnership with WhatsApp, and the video has had more than 13 million views.

Messi arrived back in Barcelona on Wednesday after a well deserved holiday following Argentina's Copa America triumph against Brazil in Brazil.

The Argentine legend and his family were spotted arriving back at Barcelona's El Prat airport.

Messi is said to spend a few more days on holiday before getting back to business with Barcelona as they aim to claim the La Liga title in the 2021-22 season.

Messi returned back to Barcelona on the same day as the rest of his club's squad flew out to Germany for their pre-season camp.

Messi is not due to return to training until August 2. The Argentina, meanwhile, stays a free agent after his contract expired, however, there is hope that he will soon be signing a new deal with Barcelona in the coming days/weeks.

Sport have stated that Messi will not return to training before he has sorted out his future at the club. He is now expected to sign his new contract with Barcelona in the first week of August.