The upcoming continental showpiece could see several milestones uprooted.
The Copa America 2021 will take place in Brazil after Argentina and Colombia dropped out of hosting this edition. The oldest active international championship will see the South American countries clash for the title.
Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil have dominated the tournament in the past. However, the level of competition has evened out over the last few years. Teams like Chile can spring up a surprise and any team could beat anyone on their day.
The competition will be fierce and teams will back themselves to lift the trophy, smashing old records and creating new ones. Here are the five records that might be broken at Copa America 2021.
5. Brazil becoming only the third team to win 10 or more Copa America titles
Historically, Uruguay and Argentina have won the tournament the most number of times. While Uruguay have lifted the trophy a record 15 times, Argentina are close second with 14 titles. The third country in the all-time winners ranking is Brazil.
The Selecao have won nine titles in their history. If they win the tournament this year, Brazil will become only the third nation to win the competition on 10 or more occasions. Brazil will also be hosting the tournament, which could be an added advantage for them.
4. Paolo Guerrero becoming the all-time leading goalscorer
He is one of the oldest players heading into the tournament. The Peru international is 37-years-old and this could be his final major international tournament for the country. The veteran striker has scored 14 goals in Copa America so far in his career.
Paolo Guerrero will be hoping to guide his country to a first Copa America title since 1975. Zizinho and Norberto Mendez are joint top-scorers in the competition’s history with 17 goals each. As it stands, Guerrero only needs four goals to overtake them and become the all-time leading goalscorer in Copa America.
3. Argentina ending a 28-year Copa America drought
Argentina have traditionally underperformed at the Copa America. They have won the tournament only twice since the tournament was rebranded as the Copa America. The last time Argentina won the competition was in 1993, 19 years ago.
If they miss out on the championship yet again, it would be 29 years till the next edition arrives. Amongst the top three teams with the most title wins, this will also be the longest drought in the Copa America era.
2. Brazil could become third-time winners as hosts
The Copa America era started from 1975 and since then only four teams have won the competition as hosts. Brazil won as hosts first in 1989, Uruguay won as hosts in 1995, Colombia won in their backyard in 2001, Chile won the trophy as hosts in 2015 and Brazil are the defending champions after winning the Copa America in 2019.
Tite’s men have the chance of extending their record of winning the title as hosts three times. The competition is hosted by Brazil as Colombia and Argentina could not due to different reasons
1. Argentina equaling Uruguay for most titles
With 15 victories, Uruguay have won the title the most number of times in the history of the competition. Their last triumph came during the 2011 edition and La Celeste would look to add to their overall number with players like Rodrigo Bentancur, Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani in their ranks.
Argentina are at the second spot with 14 titles. The outfit will equal Uruguay’s record of 15 titles if they manage to go all the way and become champions. However, this will be a tough feat to achieve, since the trophy has eluded La Albiceleste for the past 28 years.