Lionel Messi admitted he had been below his best at the Copa America so far, but said Argentina’s progress to the semi-finals was most important. Argentina set up a blockbuster semi-final against hosts Brazil by beating Venezuela 2-0 at the Maracana on Friday .
Messi has scored just once in Argentina’s four games, and his goal came from the penalty spot against Paraguay in the group stage. The Barcelona star, whose team face Brazil on Tuesday, accepted he was yet to hit top form at the tournament.
“The truth is that it’s not been my best Copa America, not what I expected,” Messi said.
“There are matches that occur in this way. You cannot play a lot, it’s complicated for those of us who want to do something different, to avoid rivals.
“The important thing is that we won and we continue.” He continued