The captain of the Argentine national team Lionel Messi won the goal-scoring prize of the Copa America tournament. He finished with four goals and five assists. Colombian striker Luis Diaz also finished the tournament with four goals but fewer assists.
Messi made an excellent participation in the 47th edition of the Copa America. He played every minute of the seven games for the Gauchos in the continental race. Messi is the Argentine player who shone the most at the Copa America.
Had he scored for Maracana, the Albiceleste captain would have written a new chapter in history and joined Pele as the top scorer for the South American team with 77 goals.
Messi was the starter in all the matches of the group stage and did not rest for a minute, although Argentina qualified for the quarterfinals of the tournament before the last matches of the group stage.
In the first match against Chile, he scored the only goal for the team from a direct free kick for 1: 1.
In the second match against Uruguay, Messi assisted Guido Rodriguez, who brought Argentina a 1-0 victory.
In the 4-1 victory against Bolivia, Messi assisted on the first goal of the match by Papu Gomez and scored the second and third goals.
In the quarterfinals, he made two assists in the match against Ecuador for the goals of Rodrigo de Paul and Lautaro Martinez, and scored the third goal in the match for the final 3-0.
In the semi-final against Colombia, he assisted on a goal by Lautaro Martinez, and then he was accurate in the execution of penalties.
In total, he scored two goals from a foul, one from a penalty and one after a transfer shot over the goalkeeper. He made five assists and scored two more goals.