Lionel Messi Breaks Down In Tears As He Celebrates Copa America Title In Front Of Argentinean People
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Lionel Messi broke down in tears as he celebrated the Copa America title in front of his own people following his stunning hat-trick against Bolivia.
Messi starred as Argentina beat Bolivia 3-0 in their World Cup qualifier on Friday.
He scored a great strike in the first-half before bagging a second-half brace to complete his hat-trick.
But Messi's moment of the day happened AFTER his heroics on the pitch.
After his side beat Bolivia, the 34-year-old and his international teammates celebrated their summer triumph by parading the title in front of Argentinean fans.
And it got too much for the Paris Saint-Germain superstar, who was reduced to tears in incredibly emotional scenes.
It just shows how much Argentina means to him. What a moment.
Video of the day. Leo Messi crying tears of joy after finally celebrating Copa America with Argentinian people. :flag_ar::trophy: #Messi
...and yes, it's even more beautiful than his great hattrick scored tonight, becoming best South American scorer in history.pic.twitter.com/28Hbl7LBEZ
- Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 10, 2021
In an interview following his sensational performance for his country, he said: "There was no better way to celebrate than by being here.
"My mum is here, my siblings are in the stands. They have suffered so much and they are here celebrating.
"I am very happy."
Messi had experienced Argentina heartbreak at the 2014 World Cup final and two Copa America final defeats to Chile.
He spoke about the peace of mind having finally secured an international trophy.
The six-time Ballon d'Or winner said: "I have peace of mind of having achieved the dream that has been denied to me so many times.
"It was like a dream, a spectacular moment. I couldn't believe it had happened. I enjoy watching the images now more than at the time as I was in a daze. I didn't quite understand what was happening."
Messi also marked the special moment with a touching social media post.
On Instagram, he wrote: "I dreamed a lot about this day and thank God it came. I have no words to thank you all for the love I have received. What a beautiful night, I enjoyed it so much. Unforgettable."