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Menotti Reveals Maradona Would Have Cried Watching Messi Lift Copa America

Mudeet Arora
Messi led Argentina to Copa America glory against Brazil this summer
Messi led Argentina to Copa America glory against Brazil this summer / Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images

Former World Cup winning Argentina coach Cesar Luis Menotti has hailed Lionel Messi's Copa America triumph and revealed that if the legendary Diego Maradona would have been alive, he would have definitely cried tears of joy on seeing Messi lift the trophy.

Messi led Argentina to Copa America glory this summer after beating Brazil 1-0 in the final. This win meant Messi won the first senior international trophy of his career.

While speaking in his interview with Argentina's Radio Villa Trinidad, Menotti revealed his thoughts on Messi's win, especially on how the great Maradona would have reacted.

"Diego, if he were still here, would have been very happy with this title. He would have been out there hugging Messi and there would have been tears," stated Menotti.

Further praising Messi, Menotti added, "Messi is at the top of his game. He's happy and not just about the win, but also because he's surrounded by people who love him. Messi did amazing things for this team. Messi is a player who, unlike others, is prepared to win a match, to make his teammates play well and make his team play well.

"It's also complicated being Messi, you know. He's at his best in every sense - emotionally and physically. He's a boy who's always prepared."

Messi was at his absolute best throughout the duration of the Copa America. The Argentine maestro scored four goals and provided five assists as he was directly involved in nine of his country's total of 13 goals in the tournament.

The FC Barcelona legend won the joint best player of the tournament award too.