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PHOTOS: Messi wins Copa America’s best player after lifting first international trophy


Messi lifts Copa America

Barcelona and Argentine captain, Lionel Messi, has finally lifted his first-ever international trophy after his fifth final as the Albiceleste defeated hosts, Brazil, at the Maracana Stadium.

Angel Di Maria’s 20th-minute strike sealed the win for Argentina to end their 28 years title drought.

Messi was recognised as the tournament’s best player and the joint top-scorer alongside Colombia’s Luis Diaz after each player netted four times.

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YES! Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP via Getty Images


A big kiss from the captain Photo by CARL DE SOUZA/AFP via Getty Images


Neymar hugs Messi after the final whistle ~ Photo by Gustavo Pagano/Getty Images


Messi kisses the trophy after Saturday’s win. Photograph: Bruna Pardo/AP


Messi lifts the trophy after Saturday’s win. Photograph: Amanda Perobelli/Reuters