After making historical past in Argentina’s Copa America triumph final weekend, Lionel Messi has since etched his identify into the all-time books of social media, too.
Final Saturday evening after all noticed Messi return to motion, in a Copa America remaining showdown with arch rivals Brazil.
Argentina headed into proceedings aiming to carry an finish to an extended and heartbreaking look forward to glory in South America, having remarkably not managed to safe the Copa since all the way in which again in 1993.
When all was stated and finished on the Maracana, although, clinch the nation’s first piece of silverware in virtually three many years is exactly what the Albiceleste managed.
A cagey, exhausting fought (and at instances frankly chaotic) spectacle ultimately noticed a solitary aim separate the nations come the full-time whistle.
After Rodrigo De Paul’s lofted via ball one way or the other made its method to the toes of Angel Di Maria simply past the 20-minute mark, the PSG wide-man did fantastically to regulate, earlier than lofting a intelligent end over the pinnacle of the onrushing Ederson:
Di Maria’s profitable aim was a magnificence 😍pic.twitter.com/TsZYUHo7Tn
— Aim (@aim) July 11, 2021
On the again of a memorable evening in Rio, in the meantime, the overwhelming majority of the chatter, amongst followers and the media alike, has since unsurprisingly surrounded that man Messi.
In including a long-awaited worldwide title to his bulging trophy cupboard, Argentina’s iconic attacker secured for himself a chunk of particular person soccer historical past:
#Messi = 🤯
First participant in main worldwide match historical past to be:
🐐 Event champion
🐐 Participant of the Event
🐐 High scorer
🐐 High assister pic.twitter.com/tXmXr97aiS
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) July 11, 2021
As outlined above, although, Messi’s record-breaking efforts have since continued away from the pitch, too.
This comes with the Barcelona veteran’s post-Copa finale photograph, alongside the match’s trophy, having now racked up simply shy of an eye-watering 20 million likes on Instagram.
This marks the platform’s highest-ever whole by an athlete, throughout any sport:
Messi’s put up with the Copa America trophy is probably the most favored Instagram photograph ever posted by an athlete with 19.8m likes 🔥🇦🇷 pic.twitter.com/uqgA0N0UCi
— FutbolBible (@FutbolBible) July 17, 2021