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Alexis Sanchez Wins Golden Ball As Chile Are Crowned Copa America Champions

Arsenal and Chile star Alexis Sanchez was awarded the Golden Ball
Arsenal and Chile star Alexis Sanchez was awarded the Golden Ball (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez won the Golden Ball following Chile’s penalty shootout victory over Argentina in the Copa America final.

The Golden Ball, which is handed to the best player at the tournament, was awarded to Sanchez after he picked up three goals and one assist.

Chile beat Argentina 4-2 on penalties in the final, with the match finishing 0-0 after 120 minutes at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

It was a repeat of the 2015 final where Chile beat Argentina 4-1 on penalties.

The result prompted Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi to retire from international football following Argentina’s fourth major final defeat in nine years.

Sanchez’s Chile teammate Eduardo Vargas won the Golden Boot for the second Copa America on the trot after scoring six goals at the tournament.

Meanwhile, Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, who made a key save in the penalty shootout on Sunday night, was awarded the Golden Glove.

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