Messi will return to the Maracana almost five years after losing the World Cup final to Germany in 2014.
This time he will play in the quarter-finals of the Copa America against Venezuela.
The Maracana is a stadium that brings back bad memories for Lionel Messi since July 13, 2014. Indeed, the Argentinian star lost there a World Cup final against Germany.
The defeat had been painful for Argentina and Messi, Germany had won in extra time in the 113th minute with a goal from Mario Götze.
Since then, Argentina has never made it back to the final, after the last of the World Cup’s the ‘Albiceleste’ was criticized after very bad matches in the group phase and the elimination in the Round of 16 against France.
The Brazilian stadium asked Messi to print his footsteps in cement as a gesture of honor.
For this, Messi is working on his rematch. A quarter-final is important, regardless of the tournament or adversary, Messi will be keen to redeem himself for the defeat at the Maracana.
Three years after that, Messi will have the opportunity to forget this bad memory by winning his quarter-final against Venezuela.