Alexis Sanchez admitted he was emotional following Chile’s second Copa America win in as many years and explained his injury.
The final wasn’t just any final, either. After 180 minutes, both teams were down to 10 men and would have been exhausted. The score remained at 0-0 and went to penalties, which saw Lionel Messi miss and Chile win 4-2, prompting the Barcelona talisman to quit international football.
You can understand what an emotional occasion it was for both sides.
Speaking afterwards, Alexis told Deportes 13, “I have no words. Thanks to the people who came to support us, to my team-mates. This is all so incredible.
“I am very emotional, even though I don’t fully understand what is happening, that we are champions, against an Argentinean team that are among the best in the world.
“We are in Chilean football history. This is the best thing to happen to me in my life. You don’t win two finals every day.
“I am happy for my team-mates, I think the people, to everyone. I hope that the Chilean people enjoy this a lot.”
The 27-year-old was initially a doubt for the match considering he had to leave training and was even pictured with an ice pack on his ankle after the game. However, he insists that this is all just part of the job.
“Ten minutes in I had to put a bandage on, and I dealt with the pain,” he explained.
“One must do this for the national team.”
Why does this not surprise me?
Hopefully, it’s not too serious and he’ll take this opportunity to rest until next season.