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Lionel Messi: the records he seeks in the Copa América, where two Peruvians can be his victims

Lionel Messi: the records he seeks in the Copa América, where two Peruvians can be his victims

Lionel Messi: the records he seeks in the Copa América, where two Peruvians can be his victims

What better than to start the Copa América with the current champion and with the even best soccer player in the world on the field of play. Tonight the continental tournament begins with Argentina showing its credentials against the surprising Canada (7 pm, live on América TV and DirecTV Sports).

Although everyone is waiting for the albiceleste party in what is the last Copa América for Lionel Messi and Ángel di María, Canada seems to be the right rival for the world champions to show their best from the first moment. “Anyone who thinks that everything has been said is wrong, he is a complicated rival,” accepted the same coach Lionel Scaloni, who will bet on his best eleven, with Messi, Di María and Lautaro Martínez in attack.

But there is no shortage of figures on the other side: “My main objective is for my team to go far in this tournament,” said Bayern player Alphonso Davies, the star who is only 23 years old, who will be accompanied by Jonathan David, 19, an attacker from the Lille from France who was the second scorer in Ligue 1, with 19 goals, behind Mbappé.

It is the first time that Canada has played the Copa América and has just been part of the World Cup, an event for which it qualified after 36 years. Meanwhile, in the area of ​​the Gold Cup, it also qualified for the 2022 edition after a wait of more than three decades. He is a rival with a good record.

—Leo’s time—

And, of course, everyone will be waiting for what Leo does. His mere appearance in tonight’s game already gives him one of the records he seeks in this tournament: it will be his 35th appearance, which surpasses the 34 of Chilean goalkeeper Sergio Livingstone.

And thus, each record that Leo achieves will serve to expand his history and motivate his presence in the 2026 World Cup, also in the United States, which would be his last major tournament for the 36-year-old footballer.

And perhaps what is expected is that he could be the all-time scorer of the competition and to do so he must repeat the goalscoring quota of Brazil 2021, where he scored four goals. If he scores that amount again, he will equal the 17 of Norberto Méndez (Argentina) and Zizinho (Brazil). And that will mean having surpassed two Peruvians as well, first the 14 goals from Paolo Guerrero, which he will also seek to score, and the 15 from Teodoro ‘Lolo’ Fernández.

This is how the Copa América begins, with the current champion of the tournament and of the world on the field of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, in Atlanta, with 71 thousand fans in the stands watching their biggest star.

Source: Elcomercio

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