Nicolas Gonzalez has revealed Lionel Messi's speech to the Argentina team before their Copa America 2021 final against Brazil gave goosebumps to many of them.
Gonzalez was part of the Argentina squad that won the Copa America title, ending their 28-year wait for a major silverware. It was also Messi's first major international title with Argentina.
Messi led from the front for Argentina, and Gonzalez reveals the speech the captain delivered ahead of the Brazil clash gave goosebumps to 'more than one of us'.
"Before the final, Messi told us that playing against them (Brazil) at the Maracaná was a miracle. And that they had the cup there for us to to win it. when be said that, more than one of us got goosebumps," Gonzalez said in an interview with Ole [via Mundo Albiceleste].
Gonzalez also said they knew how much the trophy meant for the senior players in the team. "When the match just ended, we all went to hug Messi because we knew what it meant for him. And also for Kun (Aguero), for Fideo (Angel Di Maria) and Otamendi, that have been fighting for it for so long. That it happened this way is something unique that they won’t ever forget," the 23-year-old said.
He also added seeing Messi 'as happy as a kid in a toy store' is 'engraved in the head of every player. He said: "On a day to day basis, Messi was very comfortable and happy with all the boys. And this was later reflected on the pitch. You have to enjoy Messi because for the Argentine, he is everything.
"Seeing him as happy as a kid in a toy store is engraved in the head of every player."