Copa America 2021 will bring us an eagerly awaited grand final between Argentina and Brazil. The reigning champions might look like the strongest side on the continent right now, but La Albiceleste and Lionel Messi have also shown what they're capable of doing.
Besides, this will mean a massive opportunity for Lionel Scaloni's boys to bring home a long-awaited trophy following many painful memories, especially over the last few years. Argentina got close to succeeding recently but came up short every time.
It's been a long time since the two-time world champions were crowned, despite they've had great generations of players, including Messi, who is seeking silverware with the national team. Argentina head to the Copa America 2021 final looking to end a long drought.
The last time Argentina lifted a Copa America trophy
The fact that Lionel Messi hasn't won a major prize with Argentina's senior team sums up pretty well how La Albiceleste have been struggling to succeed. Not even one of the greatest players of all time has been able to end the team's trophyless streak so far, but he hopes to do so this Saturday.
Argentina have not won the Copa America since 1993, being 28 years without claiming the continental title. That time, Alfio Basile's men recorded a back-to-back Copa America championship leaving Brazil and Colombia on the way through penalties and beating Mexico in the final.
From then on, however, Argentina have failed to repeat that finish even though they were close to it, losing four finals in the last six tournaments. Will they finally end the drought at Maracana Stadium against the hosts?