Argentina´s player Lionel Messi (R) and Pablo Higuain practice during a training session at the Quest Diagnostics in Cape May, New Jersey, on June 24, 2016. / AFP / ALFREDO ESTRELLA
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Lionel Messi will bid to gild his legacy as the greatest footballer of his generation Sunday by ending Argentina's 23-year wait for a major title in a dream final against holders Chile in the Copa America Centenario.For Messi's many millions of admirers, the five-time world footballer of the year has already achieved enough in his glittering career to be considered in the same bracket as Pele and Diego Maradona. It is the third final in as many years for Messi and his teammates, who suffered agonizing defeats in the 2014 World Cup final against Germany and to the Chileans on penalties in Santiago last year.Although Messi admits that losing another final would be a "great disappointment", so far in the tournament he has shown no sign of being overburdened by pressure.Chile's razor sharp attack, which features tournament top scorer Eduardo Vargas (six goals) and Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez, should also pose more questions than Argentina's back four has been required to answer en route to the final.
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