The Argentine national team will be hoping to win the first major title after a 23 – year wait when they take to the field to face hosts USA, seeking a place in the final.
Judging from their opening four matches of the tournament, definitely the team goes to the semi with one hand on the trophy and will be hoping to put behind them the disappointment of Brazil 2014 and Chile 2015 and one figure, Lionel Messi will be pivotal here as an entire nation is willing the team on to go one step further and finally break a 23-year title curse.
In 1993 Argentina fought to the Copa América in Ecuador, beating Mexico 2-1 in the final to repeat the triumph of two years previously.
The 1993 Copa América marked the confirmation of Gabriel Batistuta as a force in world soccer and Messi will definitely want to have his name etched in history for his country after getting all he can at club and personal level.
Batistuta smashed six goals in the 1991 edition to give Argentina the title, and followed up the feat with a pair in the final two years later to down Mexico and Messi, with four already, can take the mantle.
With 54 goals, Batistuta has for over a decade stood as the highest scorer in Albiceleste history. That milestone, however, may well fall tomorrow if Lionel Messi has anything to say about it.
Having missed the first match of the Centenario against Chile, and after playing a bit-part in wins over Panama and Bolivia, the Argentina captain showed he is ready to once more take his team by the scruff of the neck in a major tournament.
Messi scored once against Venezuela to draw level with Batistuta in the all-time rankings, and added another two assists as the team pulled away 4-1 to set up a clash against hosts United States in the semifinals. Whether he is scoring or laying on for team-mates, at his best he can be hard to contain.
However, Messi, who is coming from injury will need to be astute against a US side that has been growing constantly in the tournament since the opening loss to Colombia and especially on home turf, the team cannot be taken lightly.
None of the teams in the semis represents an easy path to the title for the Albiceleste and definitely after the 2014 and 2015 misses in the finals, Messi knows the drill. So do Javier Mascherano, Sergio Romero, Gonzalo Higuaín, Sergio Agüero and the rest of the team that have been involved in both of the final defeats to date.