He ended up with a bloody left ankle and the comparison with Diego Maradona is already present among Argentines. In the second half of Argentina-Colombia, the Rosario star received a hard tackle from Frank Fabra, who 'ironed' Lionel Messi hard on his left foot, to the point of leaving his ankle bloody.
Leo continued like this for the remaining time and even so he executed his shot in the penalty shootout. Minutes after the punctual play, the television cameras captured and showed Messi's ankle: a red spot stood out on the clothing. A scene that has brought back memories of the greatest footballer in the history of his National Team.
The Argentine press echoed this news with reminiscences of the participation of Diego Armando Maradona in the 1990 World Cup in Italy, who played with his left ankle injured and who did so throughout the tournament until crashing in the final against Germany.
The newspaper ‘Olé’ recalls that Maradona suffered a blow in the game against Romania and that to continue in the competition he had to infiltrate in the middle of the game. In this way, Messi evoked the Maradonian feat in the match with Colombia for the semifinals of the Copa América.
Argentina drew 1-1 in regular time against the ‘coffee growers’ and won in the penalty shoot-out thanks to a superb performance by Emiliano ‘Draw’ Martínez, the goalkeeper who verbally challenged his executioners and managed to get away with saving three penalties. Despite the magnitude of Fabra's entry, it seems to have not wreaked havoc on the Argentine '10', so his presence in the final would be from the start, waiting to end the hegemony of Tité's 'Scratch'.