A little more than a month after hoisting his first ever league title with Inter, Lautaro Martínez has added a Copa America to his rapidly growing trophy cabinet. Argentina defeated Brazil 1-0 with a crafty Angel Di Maria finish to claim its first international trophy in 28 years. Lautaro started and lasted until the 79th minute before he was replaced by Fiorentina-bound Nico Gonzalez.
The Nerazzurri striker had an eventful tournament, scoring three goals and starting five of Argentina’s seven games. Lautaro scored in both of La Albiceleste’s knockout clashes, including the opener in the semifinal against Colombia. While Martínez made a very respectable showing in Brazil, the star of the show was undoubtedly Lionel Messi. His four goals and five assists powered Argentina to the final and gave Messi his first ever piece of international silverware.
AND JUST LIKE THAT ARGENTINA TAKE THE LEAD— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 7, 2021
Messi sets it up and Lautaro Martínez sends it home pic.twitter.com/zl0X0Yw6c2
El Toro will only have a few weeks of well-deserved rest before reporting for preseason training under Simone Inzaghi. He’s sure to be a key player in the coming season and now can add the experience of winning a Copa to his belt.