ATLANTA, GEORGIA—Brazilian soccer superstar Neymar congratulated and hail good friend Lionel Messi as the ‘biggest and best in history’ after Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 in the Copa America final last July 10 in Rio de Janeiro.
Neymar, who played with Messi at Barcelona between 2013 and 2017 before he joined Paris Saint-Germain, hugged and congratulated Messi after Argentina beat his team in their championship duel.
In his Instagram account, Neymar revealed he felt bad about their defeat but Messi and Argentina deserve the championship trophy for the way the team plays in the final.
“Losing hurts me, it hurts me… it’s something I haven’t learned to live with yet. When I lost, I went to give a hug to the biggest and best in history that I saw playing,” Neymar said.
Aside from winning the Copa America trophy, Messi a six-time Ballon d’Or winner was also voted the player of the tournament after his four goals and five assists in the competition.
Messi took time to thank God for their victory on Saturday over the home team Brazil.
“Thank you, God, for all you gave me and thanks for making me Argentinian!!!,” Messi said on his Instagram account.