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Lionel Messi Leads Argentina To Second International Trophy In A Year

Argentine Lionel Scaloni's side cruised to a comfortable three-goal win over Italy thanks to Lionel Messi.

Argentina's star player, Lionel Messi

In the buildup to the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup, Lionel Messi and his Argentina teammates are doing well.

Second trophy in 12 months for Argentina after lifting the trophy for the first time in 18 years earlier this month.

The superstar playmaker inspired his nation to their first Copa America title since 1993 last summer.

That title ensured their participation in the 2022 Finalissima against Italy, the European champions, at Wembley on Wednesday night.

For the second time in a year, Lionel Scaloni's side had a three-goal lead over the Azzurri, who have been on a downward spiral since their Euro 2020 triumph at this venue last year, resulting in a World Cup omission.

Two minutes before the half-hour mark, Paris Saint-Germain star Messi provided a sumptuous assist for striker Lautaro Martinez. Gianluigi Donnarumma's club teammate Gianluigi Martinez provided a classy finish to the goal.

It wasn't long before Argentina's lead was doubled in first-half stoppage time thanks to Martinez's second-half contribution. PSG star Angel Di Maria, who is set to leave the Parc des Princes at the end of the season after his contract expires, received an assist from Inter striker Mario Balotelli, who sped past Giorgio Chiellini before slamming home a wonderful dinked goal.

There were tears in Chiellini's eyes as he played his final game in an Italy shirt, and he was taken off at halftime on the pitch where his best moment for Italy had occurred when he lifted the European Championships last summer. Chiellini is retiring from international football.

Argentina's dominance over a demoralized Italian side continued after the break. In this match, Roberto Mancini's side acted more like the team they have been since last summer, when they were crowned European champions before an abrupt decline in form led to a World Cup snub. After a Messi goal attempt was blocked, substitute Paulo Dybala scored a deserving third for the hosts.

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