Lionel Messi wins an international trophy as Argentina beat Brazil in Superclasico de las Americas


Lionel Messi has finally got his hands on an international trophy as Argentina beat Brazil to win the Superclasico de las Americas.

The Barcelona superstar scored the only goal of the game, tapping in a rebound from close range after his early penalty was saved by Alisson. 

Gabriel Jesus also missed a penalty for Brazil, in a match that didn't exactly catch fire. 

But despite a rather disappointing 90 minutes of football, Messi finally got to lift an international trophy at the end - well, kind of. 

The Superclasico de las Americas - or Super classic of the Americas in English - is contested by just two teams, Brazil and Argentina and it's actually regarded as a friendly match. 

It was founded in 2011 and has been played five times, with Brazil winning the four previous editions. 

But 2019 is Messi's year. 

It may not be quite the same as winning the World Cup or Copa America, but let's not take that away from the Argentine captain - just look how happy he is holding the trophy! 

Messi holds his first international trophy

In fact, some fans are even claiming on social media that the Superclasico de las Americas holds as much value as the UEFA Nations League, which Cristiano Ronaldo won last summer.

That might be a little bit of a stretch though. But perhaps we can claim it's now 2-1 to CR7 in terms of international trophies.

There's no doubting that the goals count towards official records and on Friday night, Messi reached 69 for Argentina.

Messi finally gets his hands on an international trophy

The Messi vs Ronaldo debate continues to rumble on and although most supporters agree that the Juve star is superior on the international stage, Messi's first trophy might spark a renewed argument.   

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