This date [July 10th] in the calendar holds some sort of special memory in the international football careers of both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
It was only two years ago on this dateline, did Lionel Messi lift the Copa America title for Argentina following a1-0 win over rivals Brazil at the Maracana Stadium.
the former Barcelona and PSG star won his first International trophy for the Albiceleste, breaking the age long hoodoo of him not being able to win a major trophy for his national team.
Angel Di Maria, Messi’s team mate for so long a time was the one who got the match winner on that Night at the Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.
Just before Argentina’s success at the 2021 Copa America on the 10 of July 2021, it was Cristiano Ronaldo who won his first International trophy for Portugal on the 10th of July 2016.
The Selecao of Portugal defeated Host France in the final of the Euro 2016 championship at the magnificent Stade De France, courtesy of a 1-0 scoreline.. Substitute Eder rose off the bench to score the match winner in extra time , a goal that silenced majority of the fans at the Stade de France..
ollowing those special feat in the lives of both players, Messi has gone on to win two more international trophies.The first after that was the Conmebol- UEFA cup of Champions a year ago in England and more importantly, the FIFA World Cup in Qatar in the same.
Ronaldo on the other hand, has only managed to lift the UEFA Nations League trophy for Portugal in 2019.