Sachin Tendulkar congratulates Lionel Messi on Argentina's Copa America win

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Image tweeted by @sachin_rt
Image tweeted by @sachin_rt

New Delhi : Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on Sunday extended his greetings to footballer Lionel Messi and his national football team Argentina for winning the Copa America final against Brazil. In a tweet, he called the win 'historic' and 'icing on the cake' for Messi.

Tendulkar shared a few images from the game that showed the Argentina team celebrating, while he also had some comforting words for Brazil star Neymar who was in tears following the loss. "Heartiest congratulations to @Argentina on winning the #CopaAmericaFINAL," said Tendulkar.

In another tweet, he comforted Neymar after his team lost the game.

In a second tweet, which accompanied Neymar's images, Tendulkar wrote, "The pain of losing a final is understandable. But this is just a bend in the road, not end of the road for @neymarjr & @CBF_Futebol." 

He added that Brazil will "bounce back stronger and do themselves proud".

The victory was special for Messi as it ended his wait to bring a major international trophy with his national side. It also ended Argentina's 28-year-long title drought as the side last won an international tournament (Copa America) in 1993.

Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. The only goal scored in the final was by Angel Di Maria, in the 22nd minute.