(VIDEO) Madness for Messi in US, Argentina debuts in Copa America and this is how the fans welcomed Messi

Lionel Messi and the Argentina national team causes chaos in Atlanta, USA.

By Emmanuel Mendez

Lionel Messi looks up while wearing the away Argentina jersey and the Argentina national team badge is next to him. (Source: Messi Xtra X)
Lionel Messi looks up while wearing the away Argentina jersey and the Argentina national team badge is next to him. (Source: Messi Xtra X)
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Lionel Messi and the rest of the Argentina national team have landed in Atlanta for the opening match of the Copa America 2024 against Canada. The game will be played at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. Argentina has one of the biggest fanbases in the world, and they did not disappoint when receiving Messi and the rest of the team in the city of Atlanta. Thousands of fans were in the streets waiting for Messi and the rest of the national team to arrive at the hotel they would be staying at as they were focused on the match tonight. The fans are optimistic about the team going back-to-back in Copa America, and the national team is motivated as if they have not won the tournament before. The last Copa America was held in Brazil in 2021 when Argentina defeated Brazil 1-0 in the final.

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Messi will likely start in the match against Canada tonight, and the fans in the US will also be attending since the Inter Miami star has already caused excitement by playing in the MLS. The sight of fans gathering together to watch Messi play is something common in the US for the Argentine icon now, since every time Inter Miami travels away from home with Messi, fans gather around the team's hotel to see him. The Copa America will bring more fans excited since both US fans and Argentine fans are willing to watch Messi play. The match between Argentina and Canada will be sold out at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Messi adds some pressure on himself and his team ahead of Copa America even though they are the current World Champions and the holders of Copa America. Messi said, " Argentina is always the favorite, we are like that and we take things for granted, that's why we took so many blows. Today we are the best because we won the World Cup, but the Copa America is going to be difficult."

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Lionel Messi and Argentina's matches in Copa America

The Copa America starts tonight with Argentina taking on Canada at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Argentina will be playing in Group A of the Copa America. On Tuesday, June 25th, Argentina will be taking on Chile in their second match of the group stage. The match will take place at MetLife Stadium. Argentina's final match of the group stage will be on June 29th against Peru at the Hard Rock Stadium.

Argentina is the favorite to win this group, and regardless of whether they finish first or second in their group, their opponents in the quarter-finals would be the runners-up, or the group winners of Group B. Group B has the following teams involved: Mexico, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Jamaica. Argentina's last two friendly matches were against Ecuador and Guatemala. Argentina defeated Ecuador 1-0 and defeated Guatemala 4-1.

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