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Diego Maradona to Argentina in Copa final: Win or don't return

Argentina legend Diego Maradona has said that the Albiceleste should win Sunday's Copa America Centenario final against Chile in New Jersey, but warned his compatriots that if they lose they should not return home.

Argentina advanced to the tournament decider with a 4-0 victory over the United States as Lionel Messi became the nation's all-time leading scorer. Messi has now scored more goals for Argentina (38) as captain than Maradona (34) did in his entire Argentina career. 

Argentina are out to clinch their first continental title since 1993, this time in a rematch against the same side that beat them on penalties in last year's final.

Maradona, who led the Argentines to World Cup glory in 1986, told C5N on Wednesday: "Of course I think we'll win."

But he also issued a warning to Tata Martino's men: "But if you don't win, don't come back."

On the 30th anniversary of his famous solo goal against England at Mexico '86, Maradona looked back on the strike.

"[England defender Terry] Butcher gave me a real big kick," he recalled. "But when I saw the ball going in it stopped hurting right away. It was a dream goal."

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