Alexis Sanchez named player of Copa America ahead of Leo Messi

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With Lionel Messi seeming to retire from international duty in the aftermath of the Copa America Centenario, much of the early attention has been on the losers rather than the champions.

Chile, of course, created history when they beat Argentina on penalties in the early hours of Monday morning. They retained the title they originally won in their homeland a year before in eerily similar circumstances.

Much of that success can be put down to Alexis Sanchez, the pocket rocket that can usually be found plying his trade for Premier League club Arsenal. He took the Golden Ball on Sunday night, given to the tournament's best player and he certainly deserved it.


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The 27-year-old started every one of Chile's six games, scoring three goals and assisting a further two en route to winning the special centenary edition of the famous South American trophy. 

Following the game, Sanchez posted a photo on Instagram of him in his pants with three separate pieces of silverware. Needless to say, it has quite a lot of likes. Take a look below:

He celebrated the win with a simple: "I am speechless."

More reaction

Twitter, as usual, has come up with some pretty hilarious messages in the aftermath of the game including the suggestion that Sanchez single-handedly sent Messi into international retirement.

Other messages have been more sincere with Mesut Ozil the biggest star to have sent across some congratulations to his Arsenal team-mate.

After inspiring Germany into the Euro 2016 quarter-final, Ozil will be hoping Sanchez will be given the chance to return the favour.

Best of the rest:

Best moment

Although this moment did not lead to a goal or an assist, it will still go down as one of GiveMeSport's all-time favourite videos. The moment came in the semi-final between Chile and Colombia, in which Sanchez came up against high-profile Real Madrid star James Rodriguez.

While Rodriguez certainly has the quality to match Sanchez, on this evidence he certainly does not have the strength.

Chile's tournament

Although Argentina came within a few kicks of the trophy, it was Chile who dominated the tournament. Indeed, Eduardo Vargas, formerly of QPR, took home the Golden Boot with six goals while the Copa America XI included no less than eight Chile players.

The other three were from Argentina, one being Messi. Nicolas Otamendi and Javier Mascherano were the other two.

Final performance

Sanchez was substituted in extra time so was unable to take a penalty but he relied on his team-mates and the poor form of Messi to seal the trophy. Seeing the full highlights below:

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