EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JUNE 26: Lionel Messi #10 of Argentina looks on against Chile during the Copa America Centenario Championship match at MetLife Stadium on June 26, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Chile defeated Argentina 4-2 in penalty kicks. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Argentina have defeated Brazil 1-0 to claim the 2021 Copa America and finally give Lionel Messi a senior international trophy.

Messi has long been chasing his crowning moment in an Argentinian shirt and finally was able to get his team over the line.

An Angel Di Maria chip after 21 minutes proved to be the difference between the two teams in a clash that saw tempers flare on several occasions as the Brazilians attempted to reel in the narrow lead.

Argentina had lost their last seven tournament finals heading into this decider with the time for Messi to claim an international title running thin. However, they were able to hold their nerve against a Brazil team that looked short of genuine ideas in the final third.

After the Di Maria goal, Argentina happily sat back and welcomed waves of attack from Brazil. They were able to withstand everything thrown at them throughout the following 70 minutes.

Everton striker Richarlison had seemingly levelled the game when he hit the back of the net after 52 minutes only for his celebrations to be cut cruelly short by the dreaded offside flag.

Messi was presented with a golden opportunity late to seal the win and secure the trophy his career had been missing but he uncharacteristically made a hash of the golden chance.

Brazil tempers were running thin as the second-half wore on with Argentina's delaying tactics breaking down any chance of Brazil getting any form of constant pressure on the eventual champions.

Messi now has the final piece to his crown and it comes as his club future remains firmly in the air. The Barcelona star is out of contract and currently without a club for next season.