It was promised to be a mouthwatering encounter between the two heavyweights of South American continent , as Argentina won their first Copa America in so manyyears of my waiting.
Di Maria came up with the vital goal, but nobody did more to drive the Albiceleste to glory than Messi their veteran captain
Lionel Messi finally banished the memories of years of international despair as his Argentina team downed Brazil 1-0 to take the Copa America title in the Brazil own backyard.
And having played every single minute of the tournament, driving his bruised body to new limits amid the flying tackles of South America's fearsome defenders, there is now no doubt that this Copa, from start to finish, belonged to the 34-year-old wizard, who was seven years old in 1993, the last time argentina experienced glory in this competition.
Angel Dimaria has featured more from the bench in this Copa, but started this final and scored the only goal in the final match.
Messi nevertheless continued to scurry and scamper past defenders, ensuring that Brazil could never take their eye off the back as the minutes ticked by.
The final whistle came the joy on the captain's face was uplifting after so many heart-breaking defeats in international football, and perhaps nobody in the game deserved this more than him..