In an unprecedented decision, CONMEBOL have announced that Argentina captain Lionel Messi and Brazil star Neymar are the joint winners of the Player of the Tournament award at this summer’s Copa America.
Argentina and Brazil will face off at the Maracana in the final this Saturday night, but the CONMEBOL committee struggled to pick a winner when it came to the Messi vs Neymar battle for the MVP award.
“It is not possible to choose only one player, because this competition has two best players,” CONMEBOL said in a statement.
“They demonstrated in each match their different qualities that make them players of integrity, with technical and tactical quality, for their intelligence with and without the ball, and their decision making, which is always decisive.
“Both are finalists with their national teams, they have performed at a high level, being key players in the goalscoring charts in this tournament.
“In addition, they are leaders in assists – the Argentine has five and the Brazilian has provided three – which demonstrates how decisive they have been on the pitch during this CONMEBOLCopa America 2021.”
This decision is based on the study and monitoring of CONMEBOL‘s Technical Review Group. This is the first time that this award has been split between two players.