07/11/2021 2:31 PM
Updated 07/11/2021 2:31 PM
Neymar once again congratulated Lionel Messi on winning the Copa América with the Argentine National Team at Maracana and defined the Argentine captain as his "friend and brother."
"I HATE TO LOSE !!!! But
enjoy the title
, football was waiting for you for this moment," wrote the '10' from Brazil in a message on his Instagram account that he accompanied with a video of him hugging with the Argentine star. final of Saturday's game at the legendary Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.
Neymar and Messi were teammates at Barcelona, until the Brazilian left for Paris Saint-Germain.
On Saturday, the Brazilian star cried as soon as the match ended, but then he wrapped himself in an emotional hug with Messi, with whom he became close friends at Barcelona.
My friend and brother
MESSI, I was sad and I said 'hdp (son of a bitch), you beat me'. I am very sad to have lost. But this guy is amazing!
I have great respect for what he has done and does for football
and especially for me, "he added.
With a goal from Ángel di María, 'Ney's' teammate at PSG, Argentina beat Brazil in the Carioca temple in the final of the Copa América-2021, breaking a 28-year drought without titles and awarding Messi the first trophy with the albiceleste jacket, after five lost finals.
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When the celebrations ended, they were seen sitting on the steps of the locker room anteroom, the Argentine and the Brazilian chatted animatedly and Neymar regained the smile that had logically been erased at the time when he was defeated in his own country.
Losing hits me, it hurts
... it's something I haven't learned to live with yet. Yesterday when I lost I went to give a hug to the biggest and best in history that I saw play," said 'Ney'.
The defeat, however, left the Brazilian star without a title in the oldest national team tournament in the world.
Some media even questioned his performance.
Globo Esporte pointed to Neymar and assured that he added
"a new frustration in the Copa América"
and recalled the
performances in 2011 and 2015 and his absence in the 2019 conquest due to injury.
The hug between Neymar and Messi after the triumph of the Argentine Soccer Team and the obtaining of the Copa América.
Photo EFE / Andre Coelho
The '10' missed the victory in the Copa América 2019, also played in Brazil, due to injury, which he won by beating Peru 3-1 at the Maracana.
In addition to losing their first official match since the fall with Belgium in the quarterfinals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Brazil lost an undefeated 12-game match and a historic unbeaten record in the South American competition.
Folha de Sao Paulo chose to highlight the Argentine triumph and put Messi on its cover with the headline: "Maracana has Neymar crying and Messi's party for the Copa América title."
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