• World Cup 2022

Aguero: Copa America trophy changed Messi’s life

Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero at Argentina
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The Argentine icon has blessed the Albiceleste with his magical performances in Qatar.

Sergio Aguero believes Argentina’s triumph in the Copa America last year “liberated” Lionel Messi to pursue his World Cup dream. 

Messi displayed another brilliant performance in his 1000th professional game. He scored his ninth World Cup goal to put Argentina ahead in their 2-1 win over Australia in the last-16 round.

The Albiceleste are now preparing to meet Netherlands in the quarter-finals, with Aguero being confident his close friend is ready to lead them to the title.

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“Leo is going to do everything possible to achieve the goal that we all want,” the former Argentina international told ESPN. 

“Leo is happy and content. The Copa America changed his life, it gave him life. After the Copa America, he was happy again in the national team, like when we were in the under-20s.

“He lived with criticism and lost finals for a long time. The Copa America was liberating for him.”

He added: “If we made it to the quarter-finals, let me be excited,” Aguero said. “Do you think that Brazil wants to meet Argentina in the semi-finals? 

“Brazil has just lost the Copa America final, I think they don’t want that match.”