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Copa America records: Most wins, top goalscorer, biggest victory & more

The United States will stage the 48th edition of the Copa America this summer, with Argentina looking to defend the title they won in Brazil three years ago.

As the 16 teams get ready for the tournament, being staged from June 20th to July 14th, we take a look back at some of the teams and players who have carved their name into the Copa America history books.

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Most Copa America participations

Just four countries - Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and Chile - contested the first Copa America in 1916.

Uruguay have gone on to participate in the tournament far more times than any other country, with 46 appearances at the finals, followed by Argentina (44), Chile (41), Paraguay (39) and Brazil (38).

Most Copa America wins

When Argentina won their 15th Copa America title in Brazil in 2021 they joined Uruguay on the list of most wins.

The bitter rivals stand six triumphs clear of Brazil, while no other nation has lifted the trophy more than twice.

Most Copa America appearances

Twice crowned Copa America's Player of the Tournament, Lionel Messi made a joint-record 34th appearance for Argentina in the 2021 final against Brazil.

That put him level with Chile's Sergio Livingstone (1941-53) in appearances made, a record Messi should claim for himself this summer.

Most Copa America wins

Uruguay won six of the first 10 Copa Americas between 1916 and 1926 and striker Angel Romano played in all six finals.

That puts him two titles clear of a quartet of compatriots from the same era - Pascual Somma, Alfredo Zibechi, Hector Scarone and Jose Nasazzi.

Most Copa America goals

Argentina's Norberto Mendez, a three-time Copa America champion, holds the record for the most career goals with 17. He shares the record with Brazil's Zizinho.

Most Copa America goals in single tournament

Three players have scored nine goals in a single tournament, the first being Brazilian frontman Jair in 1949.

Eight years later both Argentina's Humberto Maschio and Uruguay's Javier Ambrois each scored nine times.

Uruguay only scored 15 goals in their six games that year, with Ambrois twice bagging four in a game.

Biggest Copa America win

Ecuador lost all six games at the 1942 Copa America in Uruguay, including a 12-0 demolition by Argentina, the biggest win in the tournament's history.

Jose Moreno scored five for Argentina and Herminio Masantonio added another four.

Fastest Copa America goal

Argentina's Dario Franco takes the award for fastest Copa America goal during his country's 3-2 win over Brazil in 1991.

The Brazilians had touched the ball just once by the time Franco headed in the opening goal after 50 seconds.

Most times hosted Copa America

Argentina has hosted the Copa America a record nine times, followed by Uruguay and Chile with seven apiece.

The United States will be hosting the tournament for the second time in 2024.

Highest Copa America attendance

The Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, one of world football's great theatres, boasted a crowd of 132,743 when Brazil and Uruguay clashed in what was effectively the title decider in 1989.

It was Brazil who would win the game 1-0, with Romario the game's only goal.

Ten years earlier a crowd of 130,000 was recorded for Brazil's 2-1 group-stage success over Argentina.

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