#CopaAmerica

.Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Diego Maradona was paid tribute during Argentina's Copa America opener. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@CopaAmerica)

  • In the video, Maradona was shown doing kick-ups
  • He played for Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli, Sevilla, Newell’s Old Boys and Argentina
  • The Argentine football star died last year at the age of 60

.Goiânia, State of Goiás, Brazil
Paraguay played against Bolivia on Tuesday at Estadio Olimpico Pedro Ludovico. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@Albirroja)

  • Bolivia's Erwin Saavedra scored the opening goal in the 10th minute
  • Bolivia's Jaume Cuellar was sent off in 45+9th minute
  • Paraguay had a total of 34 shots, against Bolivia’s four

.Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Lionel Messi helped Argentina break the deadlock against Chile in their Copa America 2021.(Photo credit: Twitter/@TeamMessi)

  • Lionel Messi gave Argentina the lead in the first half
  • Argentina took 33 minutes to find the opening goal
  • The score stayed 1-1 for the rest of the encounter

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Lionel Messi is the top goal scorer of Argentina (Photo Credits: Instagram/@leomessi)

  • The Argentina national football team is also known as La Albiceleste
  • Argentina have successfully won 14 Copa America cups but have not won a single cup since 1993
  • Argentina was set to host the Copa America 2021 campaign but was cancelled due to surge in COVID cases in the country

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Lionel Messi is Argentina's all-time top scorer with 72 goals. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@Argentina)

  • Lionel Messi has only won an Olympic gold medal with Argentina
  • He has lost four major tournament finals in his international career
  • Argentina have not won a major trophy since the 1993 Copa America

.Cuiabá - State of Mato Grosso, Brazil
Edwin Cardona scored a volley for Colombia against Ecuador. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@FCFSeleccionCol)

  • Colombia's Edwin Cardona scored the winner in the 42nd minute, which was initially ruled out for offside
  • Colombia are currently second on Group A of Copa America
  • Ecuador had greater number of shots, possession and pass accuracy in the match 

.Brasília - Brasilia, Federal District, Brazil
The Venezuela side were plagued by COVID-19. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@CBF_Futebol)

  • Centre-back Marquinhos opened the scoring for Selecao in the first half
  • Neymar tucked home a second-half penalty
  • Gabriel Barbosa, coming off the bench, put the final nail in the coffin

.São Paulo, State of São Paulo, Brazil
(Photo Credit: Instagram/@cbf_futebol)

  • Neymar will be Brazil's captain in the championship
  • Brazil won Copa America in 2019
  • The team will be playing four matches in the group stage

Copa America is one of the biggest football tournaments of South America. (Photo Credit:

  • The 12 reported cases include players and staff of the Venezuelan national football team
  • This comes a day before they play their opening match of the tournament
  • They were scheduled to play hosts Brazil in their opener

.Brazil
Brazil's Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that this year's tournament could go ahead. (Photo Credit: Representational/ UnSplash)

  • The 1918 edition of Copa America was called off over the Spanish flu
  • Spanish flu wrecked havoc around the globe on its way to killing an estimated 50 million people in two years
  • Just days ago, the current Copa America, which opens Sunday, looked set to suffer the same fate