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Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi pips Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez to Copa America best XI spot

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano and Claudio Bravo made the best XI.

As published by the official Barcelona website, the Nou Camp trio of Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano and Claudio Bravo were named among the Copa America best XI.

The tournament came to its conclusion on Saturday, host nation Chile defeating Argentine 4-1 on penalties following a 0-0 draw to lift their first ever Copa America trophy.

It was harsh on the Albiceleste, considering they topped their group and impressively saw off the much more difficult opponents of Colombia and Paraguay to reach the final.

However, Chile were also fair winners after they impressively navigated their way through to the final and more than matched their opponents over the course of the 120 minutes plus.

As a result, as many of five Chilean internationals made the end-of-tournament best XI but one surprise absentee was Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, his attacking spot pipped by superstar Lionel Messi.

The Gunners’ ace only found the net once in normal time over the course of the tournament, but his creativity and endeavour proved invaluable attributes as La Roja triumphed on their own turf.

Moreover, it was his cheeky Panenka penalty which crowned Chile’s long-awaited moment, a fitting finale to a terrific tournament overall.

Yet, Messi once again picks up what can only be described as a consolation honour, though his displays over the past few weeks have been excellent if not unrewarding in-front of goal.

Here is the official Copa America XI in a 3-4-3 line-up, chosen by CONMEBOL and published by the Barcelona official site:

Claudio Bravo (CHI), Jeison Murillo (COL), Guy Medel (CHI), Nicolas Otamendi (ARG), Christian Cueva (PER), Marcelo Diaz (CHI), Javier Mascherano (ARG), Arturo Vidal (CHI), Eduardo Vargas (CHI), Paulo Guerrero (PER), Lionel Messi (ARG).

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