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Messi faces Neymar in last bid for Copa America glory

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Hundreds of millions of sports fans from around the globe will be glued to their TVs for a Super Sunday of sport this weekend, which is one of the best the world has ever seen.

Argentina won the last of their 14 Copa America titles in 1993, and face the defending champions Brazil, who have won it nine times, themselves.

The showpiece will also pit Barcelona’s Lionel Messi against his former teammate, Paris Saint Germain’s Neymar. It will be a battle for bragging rights, but also the individuals’ legacies.

For Argentina, it’s a chance to put an end to a trophy drought and for Messi to finally add the major international trophy – excluding his Olympic gold medal – that has eluded him and that his talent deserves.

Messi, 34, in particular, has been superb in a mediocre tournament, with four goals and five assists in the competition, contributing to nine of Argentina’s 11 goal haul.

The Copa America 2021 final will be played today July 11, at 9 pm local time in Brazil, but due to the time difference, it will take place on Sunday, July 11 at 1 am in Nigeria.

Brazil remains the favourites and they will be out to complete a Copa América repeat while closing the gap on Argentina and Uruguay, who have 15 titles.

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