Messi dedicates Copa America trophy to Maradona, family, fans
Barcelona star Lionel Messi has dedicated Argentina’s victory over Brazil in the Copa America finals to his family, fans, while eulogising late football legend Diego Maradona.
Messi, who won his first major trophy for the Argentina senior national team, took to his Instagram page to appreciate his family, fans and Argentines who have suffered the devastation of Coronavirus pandemic.
Argentina missed out on co-hosting this year’s edition of Copa America due to surge in coronavirus infection in the country.
“I want to dedicate this success to my family, who have always given me the strength to continue, to my friends whom I love so much, to all the people who support us and above all to 45 millions Argentinians who have suffered so much with this dreadful virus,” Messi wrote.
Paying tribute to Maradona, who died at the age of 60 last year November, Messi said “Diego was surely urging us on wherever he is.”
Ranked eight best team in the world by FIFA, Argentina, who last won Copa America in 1993, defeated defending champions Brazil to emerge winner of Copa America 2021.
With four goals and five assists, Messi also emerged as the highest goalscorer at the competition.
We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.
More from Peoples Gazette
Humanitarian minister Sadiya Umar Farouq has pledged to support the ICPC in its investigation of alleged fraud in the N-Power Programme.
In a unanimous judgment, three judges of the court ruled that Milan Industries had fully reimbursed the bank for the N2 billion mortgage facility it obtained from Polaris Bank.
EXCLUSIVE: Buhari humiliates Osinbajo; discards vice president’s social safety bill on Sadiya Farouq’s objection
Documents reviewed by Peoples Gazette revealed how the humanitarian affairs minister thwarted the vice president’s years-long labour on a vital policy.
The Zamfara Anti-thuggery Committee says the legislature established it to fight political thuggery, drug abuse and violent crimes among youths.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, who ordered the invasion of Ukraine earlier in the year, was Time’s person of the year in 2007.
The Borno government says it will plant five million trees in 2023 across the state.