Argentina are Copa America favourites: Messi

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | June 08, 2024 IST

Lionel Messi

Buenos Aires, June 8: They are the reigning World Cup and Copa America champions. They are a very well organised, balanced and fiercely competitive side in major multi-nation global tournaments.

Their skipper Lionel Messi is likely to be very confident before a major tournament. 

 Argentina captain Messi has declared the Albiceleste frontrunners to win the upcoming Copa America in the United States. 

Argentina will begin their title defence against Canada on June 20 before also facing Chile and Peru in the group stage, reported Xinhua.

"I think that Argentina is always the favourite," Messi said in an interview with Argentine news service Infobae.

"Even before the current period (of success), Argentina was a candidate, just like Brazil. This Copa America will be no exception."

The 36-year-old Inter Miami forward added: "I think all of the South American teams are very strong right now. Uruguay is very good, Colombia, Ecuador. Each game will be a tough contest and it's going to be a very even tournament."

Argentina will finalize their preparations for the world's oldest continental football competition with friendlies against Ecuador and Guatemala on June 9 and 14.

Can Messi-led Argentina retain the Copa America title that would be of paramount interest to soccer fans. But for the time being Messi is sure his side is ready for the challenge. (With IANS support)

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