Lionel Messi heartbroken over postponement of Copa America due to COVID-19 pandemic

Lionel Messi heartbroken over postponement of Copa America due to COVID-19 pandemic

- Lionel Messi is heartbroken over the postponement of 2020 Copa America

- The championship will now be staged next summer by both Colombia and Argentina

- The 32-year-old admitted that it was the right thing to do for the safety of the players and fans

Lionel Messi's dream to win silverware with the Argentine national team this year suffered a major setback following the postponement of this year's Copa America tournament.

The South America's Nations' Cup was scheduled for this summer but the outbreak of deadly coronavirus has forced the championship to be pushed back by another 12 months.

By then, the Barcelona captain would be 34 - meaning it is highly unlikely for him to inspire his national team to glory.

Though the date for the event has changed, the tourney will still be hosted by both Colombia and Argentina nest year as reported by The Mirror.

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Messi admitted that the organisers were right to shift the date due to COVID-19 but insisted that he was heartbroken he has to wait a little longer for a chance to taste national team glory.

The world has recorded close to 6 million cases of the infection while 357,892 people have died in the process.

"Pushing back the Copa América was a huge disappointment, but of course it was to be expected and was the reasonable thing to do," he told Adidas' Mindfulness Matters series.

"The Copa was going to be a big occasion for me this year, and I was extremely excited to compete in it again."It hit me hard when I learned it would be postponed, but I completely understood."

Messi and his teammates recently returned to Barcelona training ahead of the Spanish League return after about eight weeks of no action.

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The six-time Ballon d'Or winner also led his colleagues to accept pay cut from the club in a bid to cater for other staff members.

Games in Spain's La Liga are due to restart next month with a view to the season reaching a conclusion later in the summer as Barca bid for another title. earlier reported that Barcelona chiefs were once scared that Lionel Messi might be wrongly influenced by his former teammate Ronaldinho while he was at the club.

The Brazilian parted ways with the Catalans in 2008 having spent five seasons at Camp Nou and they feared the Argentine's future could be in danger.

He was highly influential that his manager back then Frank Rijkaard allowed some of his excesses slide.

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