Watch: Nicolas Otamendi in no mood for Neymar shenanigans

Nicolas Otamendi wasn’t having any of Neymar’s horseplaying on the night. The rock-solid Argentina defender was caught on camera yanking the Brazilian superstar off the ground in one of the highlights of Argentina’s Copa America triumph on Sunday. Argentina won their first major trophy in 28 years after Angel Di Maria locked into a terrific…

Watch: Angel Di Maria lobs Argentina to first major title in 28 years

Angel Di Maria snapped Argentina’s 28-year drought without a major title with a goal worthy of being associated with the feat. The Albiceleste have been searching for a major tournament triumph since winning the Copa America back in 1993 and did just that after Di Maria capitalised on a defensive error from Renan Lodi. The…

Watch: Lionel Messi bodying players twice his size during Copa semi

Lionel Messi put on a signature dribbling masterclass as Argentina defeated Colombia on penalties to book their spot in the 2021 Copa America final against eternal rivals Brazil. The Argentina captain rolled back the years and showed that he has still got it, as he shrugged off much larger Colombian defenders as if it meant…

Watch: Emi Martinez trash-talking Colombia out of Copa semi

Emiliano Martinez backed all of his incessant trash-talking with skill as Argentina booked their spot in the 2021 Copa America final after getting past Colombia on penalties. An early goal by Lautaro Martinez set the tone for Argentina to ease their path into Sunday’s final against the already-qualified Brazil, but Luis Diaz struck back for…

Watch: Copa America is showing a side of Messi we rarely see

It would be an understatement to say that Lionel Messi was wholeheartedly invested in the penalty shootout against Colombia. The Argentina captain is no stranger to the heartbreak of spot-kick failure as he previously starred in two decisive shoot-outs in the last three editions of Copa America. It was his miss in 2016 final that…

Watch: Lionel Messi trash talks former Barcelona teammate during Copa America clash

Lionel Messi poked borax at former teammate Yerry Mina and challenged him to ‘dance again’ after the Colombian defender had missed his penalty during the shootout loss against Argentina. The Barcelona talisman was of course making a reference to the Everton defender’s little jig he did after scoring a penalty during Colombia’s quarterfinal win against…

Watch: Neymar rummages through Peru defence to set up Lucas Paqueta

Neymar produced a wonderful assist when he wriggled away from three opponents to find a way to tee up Lucas Paqueta on a pitch that did not deserve to see such quality of football. Brazil dominated the game but couldn’t find their finishing boots as much as they would have liked as the Selecao booked…

Watch: Lionel Messi foils 8-man wall with textbook free-kick against Ecuador

Lionel Messi wasted no time worryng about the 8-man wall Ecuador had set up as he smashed in a free-kick from close range during Argentina’s 3-0 win in the quarter-finals of Copa America. With the game done and dusted at this point, the Albiceleste captain decided to serve something special for the viewers as he…

Watch: Gabriel Jesus sees red for gruesome kick on opponent’s face

Gabriel Jesus was sent for an early bath by the referee after the Manchester City forward perhaps forgot which sport he was playing and planted a UFC-style flying kick on Eugenio Mena’s face. The incident took place during the Copa America quarter-final fixture between Brazil and Chile at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.…

Watch: Lionel Messi chips extraterrestrial reverse assist against Bolivia

Argentina made light work of 81st-ranked Bolivia as it turned out to be an eventful outing for Lionel Messi during the 4-1 win at Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba. The Barcelona legend showed no mercy during his record-breaking 148th appearance for Argentina as he scored two goals and provided a superhuman assist to start the rout.…

Copa America: Roberto Firmino denied signature assist after spellbinding through pass

Roberto Firmino was at his creative best as he produced a mesmeric backheel through pass in Brazil’s recent Copa America encounter with Colombia. The Liverpool forward is reputed for his creative ability, and he made sure to enhance that reputation with his performance for Brazil against Colombia in the 2021 Copa America – a performance…

Luis Suarez brings next-level dark arts to Copa America

Luis Suarez is undoubtedly one of the modern-day pioneers of the dark arts in the beautiful game as we know it. Be it his numerous counts of biting opposition players, the infamous handball in the 2010 World Cup against Ghana or the multiple allegations of simulation against his name over the years, Suarez has never…

Video: Lionel Messi embarrasses Paraguay duo with silky mechanics

No one is safe when Lionel Messi is around as a couple of Paraguay players found out the difficult way when they tried to pin down the Barcelona legend at injury-time. Argentina extended their unbeaten record to 16 matches and booked a quarterfinal birth at the ongoing Copa America with a 1-0 win over Paraguay…

Video: Lionel Messi runs amok during a trademark dribble against Uruguay

Lionel Messi was at his sensational best when Argentina met Uruguay in their Copa America group stage encounter. Not only did he set up Guido Rodriguez for the winner in the match that ended 1-0 to the Albiceleste, but he also was a menacing presence for Uruguayan defenders all throughout the outing – the best…

Video: Lionel Messi makes Copa America history with an imperious assist against Uruguay

Another game, another Lionel Messi assist, but this one turned out to be a record-breaking one as the Argentina captain became the top assist-provider in the history of Copa America after Guido Martinez guided his lavish cross inside Uruguay’s net in the first half. Even if you don’t count the assist, there was some of…