Copa America top scorers: Messi beats Neymar to the golden boot


Argentina captain Lionel Messi beat Neymar and other top strikers to win the 2021 Copa America Golden Boot accolade.

The Barcelona forward finished the tournament with four goals, the same as Colombia’s Luis Díaz, but his five assists could not be matched.

Messi failed to influence the final game at the Maracana Stadium, but they fought as a team for long periods and eventually won 1-0 courtesy of an Angel di Maria goal mid-way through the first half.

Meanwhile, Messi’s former teammate at Barcelona, Neymar, who was the star of the tournament finished on two goals.

Here is the final top scorers’ chart.

Lionel Messi – 4 goals (5 assists)
Luis Díaz – 4 goals (0 assists)
Gianluca Lapadula – 3 goals (1 assist)
Lautaro Martínez – 3 goals (2 assists)
Neymar – 2 goals (3 assists)
Eduardo Vargas – 2 goals (1 assist)
André Carrillo – 2 goals (0 assists)
Yoshimar Yotún – 2 goals (0 assists)
Papu Gómez – 2 goals (0 assists)
Ayrton Preciado – 2 goals (0 assists)
Erwin Saavedra – 2 goals (0 assists)
Lucas Paquetá – 2 goals (0 assists)
Ángel Romero – 2 goals(0 assists)
Edinson Cavani – 2 goals(0 assists)

Messi also won the tournament’s best player, alongside Neymar.


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