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'Never Seen Messi so Happy' - Leandro Paredes Opens up on Winning 2021 Copa America Title

Arjun Singh Devgan
Argentina recently won their first Copa America title since 1993
Argentina recently won their first Copa America title since 1993 / MAURO PIMENTEL/Getty Images

Argentina and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder, Leandro Paredes has opened up on the La Albiceleste winning the 2021 Copa America title, revealing that, "he has never seen Lionel Messi so happy".

Argentina beat hosts, Brazil in the final to win their first Copa America title since 1993 and it was the first major international trophy for Messi and a number of players in the squad. Speaking to Tyc Sports, Paredes opened up on how it felt to see his skipper finally win the competition.

“Not just us, but the 45 million Argentines wanted Leo to lift a title with the Argentine national team. Then, to contribute something to make it happen and to be there enjoying it with him was incredible."

"I’ve never seen Messi so happy and much less for 45 days. He really enjoyed being with us. It was like a graduation trip where we had a lot of fun. We won, because we did it against everyone, and we reached the final. For us, it was a really incredible Copa America, a dream come true.”

Paredes for his part won his first international trophy with Argentina and played a key role in the win, putting in impressive performances in midfield and was a regular starter in the first XI under manager, Lionel Scaloni.