Lionel Messi faced a heartbreaking moment in the 2016 Copa America final as his penalty miss contributed to Argentina’s defeat against Chile. In the aftermath, Messi announced his retirement from international football but later reversed the decision. Now, at 36, he has a chance for redemption as Argentina, the reigning champions, will face Chile in the 2024 Copa America, drawing added significance as it takes place at the MetLife Stadium, where Chile won in 2016. The tournament, featuring 16 teams, will run from June 20 to July 14 across 14 U.S. cities. The draw places Brazil in a challenging Group B with Colombia and Paraguay, while the USA hosts Group C alongside Uruguay, Panama, and Bolivia. The top two teams from each group advance to the quarterfinals, with the final scheduled at the Hard Rock Stadium in Florida. This could potentially mark Messi’s farewell from major tournaments, making the event highly anticipated.
Source – CGTN