“If you knew the way that he played in the Copa America you’d love him even more,” he added.
“You can never do without a player like him, even when he is not fully fit like in this game and the previous one.”
Messi wasn’t on the scoresheet in either game but did have a glorious chance to finish Brazil off in the final. The captain was sent clean through on goal in the dying minutes of the match but somehow managed to make a mess of the chance when faced by Ederson.
The miss didn’t matter as Angel Di Maria’s goal was enough for Argentina to claim a famous victory. However, there’s still no doubting the influence Messi had on the Argentina team at the tournament
The 34-year-old finished up with four goals and five assists and was the Copa America’s top scorer, top assister, the player of the tournament and captain of the winning team.