The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, predicted this Thursday a resounding victory for his country’s team by 5-0 over Argentina in the final of the Copa América to be played on Saturday at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
“The only rivalry between us will take place next Saturday at Maracana. I will advance the result: 5-0,” predicted the president with laughter, addressing his Argentine counterpart, Alberto Fernández, at the virtual summit of Mercosur.
Canarinha and Albiceleste, led by Neymar and Lionel Messi, respectively, will fight to be the new champion of a Copa América that has been involved in a huge controversy to be held in Brazil with the coronavirus pandemic out of control.
Bolsonaro, the leader of a Brazilian extreme right that denies the seriousness of COVID-19, was one of the main drivers in bringing the tournament to Brazil at the last minute, after Argentina and Colombia gave up on it for various reasons, including the pandemic. .
The Copa América, which began on June 13, was held without fans in the stadium stands and in the midst of a climate of disinterest on the part of the Brazilian population, motivated in part by the serious health and economic situation.
With almost 530,000 deaths and 19 million positives, Brazil is the Latin American country most affected by covid-19, the second in the world with the most fatalities and the third with the most infected, behind only the United States and India