Messi to lead Argentina against Australia in Copa America


The draw for the 2020 Copa America took place on Tuesday, with the 12-team tournament bringing together 10 countries from South America along with Australia and Qatar on an invite basis. The first match is set for June 12, when co-hosts Argentina will face Chile.

Messi will be a star attraction for 14-time winners Argentina, who finished third at this year's Copa America, and he will enter the tournament as the reigning men's Ballon d'Or victor, an award he has claimed on a record six occasions. Argentina, despite not winning the trophy since 1993, could equal that total this summer.

'Argentina need the title, more than just Messi, ' Scaloni said.

The Socceroos have won twice against Paraguay but have never defeated Chile, while their fixture with Bolivia will be the first between the two nations in a men's worldwide.

Australia are one of two guest nations competing in the tournament along with Qatar.

Brazil will enter the next tournament as the defending Champions after defeating Peru 3-1 in the finals earlier this year.

Argentina last won the Copa America in 1993 and the nation is desperate to finally get their hands on the trophy once again.

While the draw took place on Tuesday, the nations already knew nearly all of their opponents with teams split into zones for next year's tournament in Argentina and Colombia. After losing back-to-back Copa America finals to La Roja on penalties, Argentina will reignite their rivalry with the 2015 and 2016 champions.