Brazil: A big victory to remember for all Argentine supporters when Lionel Messi and his teammates overtook Brazil to become Copa America champions at the Maracana stadium on Sunday. His 15th Copa America title for the first time since 1993 helped Messi fill one of the biggest gaps of his illustrious football career, a trophy in an Argentine jersey.
The victory set social media on fire, with so many wishes pouring in for Messi from Indian fans across the country and the world.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai was one of the first persons to share his joy for Messi and Argentina. “Messi has given so much joy over the years and arguably the best ever, so well deserved. Congrats Argentina well played Brasil. Jogo Bonito. #CopaAmerica,” Pichai tweeted.
A fan tweeted a 26-second video of young men in Kerala out on their scooters with the Argentina flag in hand, celebrating the win.
Stand-up comedian Abijit Ganguly had a funny take on Messi’s win, equating the win to Sachin Tendulkar winning the 2011 World Cup title. “Argentina’s ‘We did it for Sachin’ moment,” tweeted Ganguly.
Former Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha praised the goal scorer in the final, Angel Di Maria. “Angel. That’s what you are Di Maria. I am thrilled for Argentina. And for the great Lionel Messi (Argentina flag emoji),” Jha tweeted.
Malayalam and Tamil cinema actor Nivin Pauly expressed his happiness on Argentina breaking the trophy drought. “The wait is finally over!!! Congratulations to Messi & Argentina!! What a match this is! (heart emoji) #CopaAmericaFinal,” tweeted Pauly.
IPL Franchise Kolkata Knight Riders weren’t far behind. “The 28-year drought comes to an end. Argentina! (claps emoji) #CopaAmericaFINAL,” said the tweet.
Post the Copa America triumph, Messi’s future is still undecided. He’s a free agent in club football after his Barcelona contract ended two weeks ago. On the international front, Messi might be eyeing the FIFA World Cup in Qatar in December next year.
For now, Messi and Argentina’s Indian supporters are enjoying the win.