Marquinhos Says Lionel Messi Never Complains When Things Happen In Favour Of Him In Barcelona

Marquinhos has savagely fired back at Lionel Messi for claiming the Copa America was "fixed" for Brazil.

The Argentina captain launched a scathing rant after he was sent off in their 2-1 third-place play-off victory over Chile.

"The cup's fixed for Brazil," he said. "We don't have to be part of this corruption. They have showed us a lack of respect throughout this tournament.

"Sadly, the corruption, the referees, they don't allow people to enjoy football, they ruined it a bit."

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The Paris Saint-Germain defender has responded to Messi's outlandish words by saying he never complains when things happen in favour of him in Barcelona.

"Many things happened in favor of him in Barcelona and in the national team, and I never saw him complaining about refereeing," the 25-year-old said, per Rodrigo Mattos.

"He has lost, [he] has to accept [it] quietly.

"It is frustrating to be held up against a player of his quality, a star who is admired by all, but the arbitrators have also favoured Messi a lot at Barcelona and in the national team," he added.

Barcelona's victory against Chelsea back in 2009 remains one of the most controversial results in Champions League history.

Chelsea were denied a penalty as Barcelona advanced to the final, where they beat Manchester United.

The South American Football Confederation Conmebol released a statement regarding Messi's verbal attack.

"A fundamental pillar of fair play is to accept the results with loyalty and respect," the statement read.

"It is unacceptable that as a result of incidents typical in competitions, involving 12 teams, all on equal terms, unfounded accusations have been launched that lack the truth and question the integrity of the Copa America.

"These accusations represent a lack of respect for the competition, all the participating players and the hundreds of professionals of Conmebol."

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Brazil would go on to win the Copa America after beating Peru 3-1 in the final.

Goals from Everton Soares, Gabriel Jesus and Richarlison secured Brazil's ninth Copa America title.

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