The Chile international forward headed into the final showdown with Argentina having scored just once in five Copa America matches, a tally which hadn’t done his efforts much justice at all.
Despite his lack of goals, Sanchez has been one of the tournament’s outstanding players, and he lived up to his world-class billing with another top performance in the final.
Outshining his former Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi over the 120 minutes, the Gunners ace’s crowning moment came when he scored the tournament winning goal via a Panenka penalty.
Sanchez’s nerves of steel were widely recognised worldwide, and Arsenal teammate Bellerin was quick to congratulate him on his incredible feat.
The victory was host nation Chile’s first ever Copa America triumph, a staggering fact given the country’s longstanding history of producing top-quality players.
That said, likewise with fellow South American nation Colombia, La Roja are currently in the midst of a golden generation with Sanchez, Arturo Vidal and Barcelona’s Claudio Bravo leading the way.
With an FA Cup and a Copa America title crowning a dream 12 months for Sanchez, he and the Gunners’ supporters will be hoping he can achieve yet more success in the 2015-16 campaign in North London.