Time is running out for Lionel Messi to win his first international trophy as a player and his Argentina side enter the 2021 Copa America as firm favourites.
La Albiceleste are joint hosts along with Colombia for this summer’s tournament but they haven’t tasted continental success since 1993. Runners-up four times since their last victory, should Argentina finish top of their group, they will play every match except the final on home soil.
After taking the reigns following Argentina’s disappointing 2018 World Cup campaign, Lionel Scaloni was put in charge of the national team before the 2019 Copa America. However, after being beaten by eternal enemies Brazil in the semi-finals, the two-time World champions are eager to go one better and reach their sixth major tournament final this century.
Priced at 15/8 to win the competition, it’s easy to see why, as Messi will be joined by a star-studded cast this summer. Attacking talents like Sergio Aguero, Paulo Dybala, and Angel Di Maria are expected to shine for the hosts and on paper they are clear favourites at a time where Brazil and Chile are not what they once were.