Messi's Argentina outclass Italy to win 'Finalissima'

Messi's Argentina outclass Italy to win 'Finalissima'

Argentina marked the revival of the Cup of Champions in style as an inspired Lionel Messi helped them outclass Italy 3-0.

First-half goals by Lautaro Martinez and Angel di Maria put the south American champions in complete control against an Italy side.

With thousands of their supporters in the 87,000 crowd determined to turn northwest London into Buenos Aires for the night,

Messi set up two goals as Argentina proved simply too quick and slick for the lumbering Azzurri.

Martinez tapped home from close range in the 28th minute from Messi's low cross to reward Argentina's early dominance.

Inter Milan's Martinez then slid a pass-through for Di Maria to outpace Giorgio Chiellini and double the lead with a dinked finish on the stroke.

Substitute Paulo Dybala finally underlined Argentina's superiority with a drilled low finish in stoppage time after another mesmerizing run by Messi.

Messi, who lit up the evening with a series of trademark dribbles, was hoisted into the air by his teammates who danced jigs of joy on the lush Wembley turf.

It was a beautiful final, full of Argentines. What we experienced here was beautiful," Messi said.