They're crazy for Messi: what will happen in Argentina's Copa America debut?

The world champions will try to repeat the 2021 title they won in Brazil.

By William Estrella

Messi will be there.
Messi will be there.
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Lionel Messi will have a very demanding 2024. With Inter Miami, this is the first time he has competed in a season from the start and so, along with other stars such as Luis Suarez, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba, he will have the pressure of leading the team to Major League Soccer and CONCACAF Champions League titles.

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But that's not all, as he will also have a very demanding challenge with the Argentina national team. This summer the Copa America will be played in the United States and there Lionel Scaloni's team will try to repeat the success they had in 2021, when they ended a 28-year drought without titles by defeating Brazil in the final at the Maracana stadium thanks to Angel Di Maria's goal.

This may be Lionel Messi's last major tournament with Argentina, considering that this year he will turn 37 and that his next opportunity will be the 2026 World Cup. On more than one occasion he has been asked if he plans to be in that tournament and he has assured that he does not know yet, but that it will be difficult considering his age and the demanding level that will be there.

That's why fans around the world want to be at this year's Copa America and enjoy one of the last chances to see Lionel competing at the highest level. That was demonstrated this week when tickets went on sale for Argentina's debut in the tournament, which will be June 20 at Mercedez-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Tickets were sold out in less than an hour, so the stands will be packed that day.

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Who will be Argentina's opponents?

The debut of the world champions in the Copa America will be against the winner of the playoff between Canada and Trinidad and Tobago, while the other two teams in Group A are Chile and Peru. Should they advance to the next stage as leaders, they will face the second place team in Group B, which includes Mexico, Venezuela, Ecuador and Jamaica.

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