Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni paid tribute to Lionel Messi on Saturday, praising his team captain and revealing he played in the Copa America win over Brazil with an hamstring injury. “If you knew how he performed in Copa America you would love him even moreScaloni told reporters after Argentina’s 1-0 victory at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. “You can never do without a player like him, even when he is not in great shape as in this match and the previous one.“, he added.
The manager showered Messi with praise on the night the Argentines took to the streets en masse to celebrate their first international title in 28 years and Messi’s first victory with the national team. “In the end, he did not throw in the towel and he succeeded”Said Scaloni. “We are talking about the best footballer of all time and everyone knew how important it was for him to win a title with the national team.»