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Copa America: We want to become legends, says Di Maria

Star striker says Argentina are desperate to cement their place in history by beating Chile to win the Copa America title after 22 years today

Santiago (Chile): Angel Di Maria says he and his Argentina teammates want to become legends by winning Copa America 2015.

Argentina's forward Angel Di Maria celebrates a goal during the Copa America semi-final tie against Paraguay on Tuesday. Pic/AFP
Argentina's forward Angel Di Maria celebrates a goal during the Copa America semi-final tie against Paraguay on Tuesday. Pic/AFP

The Albiceleste have won the tournament 14 times but they have not lifted the trophy since 1993.

However, Argentina will play hosts Chile in the final in Santiago on Saturday and Di Maria has revealed how Gerardo Martino's men are desperate to cement their place in their country's proud footballing history.

"Reaching a final is something very important, so we have to rise to the occasion," he is quoted as saying by Marca on the eve of the tournament decider.

"We must carry on working hard because it's what's needed to reach our goal.

"Getting to the final is no walk in the park and we have made history in doing so.

"But now we want to become legends. Hopefully, we can pull it off."

Di Maria arrived in Chile on the back of a difficult debut season at Manchester United, but he insisted that he is now brimming with belief again after bagging two goals in Argentina's 6-1 demolition of Paraguay in the Copa semi-finals.

"In attack, things hadn't been working out for me, but now, after scoring, I'm happy about a job well done and the goals," the winger added.

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