Copa America final: Neymar found Lionel Messi moments after Brazil’s 1-0 defeat in the Copa America final on Saturday night and gave the Argentina forward a hug as he congratulated his long-time friend.
The former Barcelona team-mates remain great friends off the pitch, so Neymar wanted to congratulate his tournament rival even as he still had tears in his eyes from the loss. Later, the duo sat next to one another on the field to talk.
Neymar had struggled with physical challenges from defenders during the match as Messi earned his first senior international tournament triumph.
The triumph also marks Messi’s maiden piece of major silverware with Argentina, with the six-time Ballon d’Or winner dominant throughout the tournament.
Messi also finished Copa America 2021 with the most goals (four) and most assists (five).
Reacting, Messi, in a post via his Instagram account, described the Copa America victory as a ‘beautiful madness’.