The golden generation of Chile get to pit their wits against the greatest footballer in the world, as the host nation take on the glamour of Argentina in the 2015 Copa America final.
Lionel Messi is yet to add a Copa win to his list of distinguished honours, with the Argentinians without a tournament win since 1993. However, Chile have never won the competition—often lagging behind the superiority of their next opponents, Brazil and Uruguay.
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In years gone by, this contest would be easy to predict. Argentina have gone through multiple incarnations with a host of superstars in their ranks, whereas Chile have often remained down the pecking order in South American football.
But things have changed in recent times, with the Chilean’s experiencing a period of exaltation—with players who fit into the best club teams in the world.
No individuals underline this fact better than Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal. The two players—from Arsenal and Juventus respectively—have become genuine world-class talents and staples of the Champions League, and both represent La Roja’s best chances of home glory.
Di Maria may well be a game-changing player, but Chile have a similar weapon in Sanchez. The player’s transfer to north London last year was underpinned by a wonderful first season in England, and the attacker has the opportunity to cap off a fantastic 12 months.