FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi eyes Copa America win


Lionel Messi (credit: LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)
Lionel Messi (credit: LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)
Barcelona star Lionel Messi has said he would “give it all up” to help Argentina win the Copa America for the first time since 1993.

Messi won his 100th cap as Argentina beat Jamaica to finish top of Copa America Group B on Saturday night.

The Argentinians have twice finished runners-up since last winning the South American showpiece tournament, and Messi is desperate for glory on the international stage.

Speaking before Saturday’s 1-0 victory, the four-time Ballon d’Or winner, who was part of the team that lost the 2007 final to Brazil, told La Nacion: “I would give it all up to win the Copa America.

“This group deserves it for the way they fight. We had a great World Cup and we deserve it.

“It’s what I picture. Winning the Copa America would us some give peace of mind for the [coming World Cup] qualifiers.

“Not only for my team-mates, for the coach and for me. For the country. The fans also want us to succeed.”

He added: “I’m very happy to be here and hopefully I can celebrate another victory and once and for all win a title with Argentina.

“In these 100 games I have had incredible experiences, really great times. They’re unforgettable.

“I’ve been through situations that have helped me grow as a player, but unfortunately with no title to show for it. Hopefully I’ll have one to go with these 100 games.”

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