Lionel Messi ended his trophy drought and helped Argentina to clinched their first major title in 28 years after defeating Brazil 1-0 in the final of Copa America. We witnessed some great action in the last 3-4 weeks. So, as the tournament has finished now, let’s have a look at the five best players from the tournament.
5. Rodrigo De Paul (Argentina)
De Paul was one of Argentina’s best performers at Copa America 2021 after Lionel Messi. The 27-year-old was consistent throughout the tournament. Paul provided a brilliant assist for Angel Di Maria’s goal in the final against Brazil and was one of the vital players in Argentina’s winning campaign. He scored his first goal in the quarter-finals of the Copa America 2021 against Ecuador. Just a few hours after the historic win, Rodrigo De Paul has signed a five-year contract with Atlético Madrid.
2. Luis Diaz (Colombia)
In the absence of star midfielder James Rodriguez, it was Luis Diaz who took the responsibility and took his team to the semi-finals of Copa America 2021 before losing in the penalty shootout against Argentina. Diaz was unarguably, Colombia’s best player in the tournament. He scored the joint-most number of goals (4) in the tournament. Luiz Diaz scored the equalizer in the semi-final against Argentina and also scored two goals in the match for 3rd place against Peru.
3. Emiliano Martinez (Argentina)
The Aston Villa player produced some stunning performances in the Copa America 2021. Going with his current form, Martinez is one of the best keepers in the world right now. The 28-year-old carried his premier league form in the tournament. He claimed the Golden Glove award with the clean sheets in the Copa America 2021. Martinez saved three shots in the penalty shootout against Colombia in the semi-finals. He also produced two excellent saves against Brazil in the final.
4. Neymar (Brazil)
Neymar had a disappointing season with PSG, who finished second in Ligue 1 and were eliminated in the Champions League semi-finals by Manchester City. However, he scored 17 goals and 11 assists in just 31 appearances this campaign. The 29-year-old looked in phenomenal touch and high on confidence in the Copa America 2021. He scored two goals and also provided three assists in the tournament. Neymar enjoyed a good Copa America campaign and was one of the reasons behind Brazil’s success in the tournament, although it ended in heartbreak.
5. Lionel Messi (Argentina)
The Argentine legend came to Copa America 2021 on the back of an excellent season with his club. He scored 30 goals in 33 appearances with nine assists in the 2020-21 season. Messi continued his form and won his 1st international trophy. He was awarded Golden Boot and also was the top scorer in the tournament. Messi netted four goals and laying on five assists.