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Messi scored one and set up two goals against Ecuador to send his side through to face Colombia in the semis of Copa America.

Argentina captain Lionel Messi says winning the Copa America title is more important than bagging individual awards.

The 34-year-old was speaking after guiding his side to a 3-0 win over Ecuador in their quarter-final clash.

Messi scored one and set up two goals to send his side through to face Colombia in the semis.

He said, "I've always said that individual prizes are secondary - we're here for something else."

"We have an objective and we're focused on that," he added.

The Barcelona forward's free-kick goal was his 76th strike for his country Argentina, who have not won the Copa America since 1993.


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