Neymar Consoles Lionel Messi After Argentina's Defeat To Brazil In The Copa America

Neymar consoled a visibly distraught Lionel Messi as he made his way back to the dressing room following Argentina's devastating defeat to Brazil in the Copa America.

Neymar and Messi were involved in a brief embrace as the Argentina captain trudged around backstage after the semi-final clash.

However, Spanish outlet SPORT say the pair resumed their meet-up for "several minutes".

It's claimed that 'this is not a casual meeting'. It's the latest move by the ex-Barcelona attacker as he looks to accelerate a transfer back to Spain.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Neymar remains subject to intense transfer speculation with Messi reportedly playing a key role in Barcelona's bid to resign the 27-year-old Brazilian from Paris Saint-Germain.

He's spent two seasons away from Catalonia after completing a world record transfer to PSG in 2017, but it appears his days in France are numbered.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Messi, meanwhile, continues his international drought. Brazil beat Argentina 2-0 to secure a spot in the Copa America final, but it wasn't without controversy.

Controversial officiating marred the game as the Barcelona superstar blasted the "bulls**t" refereeing decisions.

"They were not better than us," he said. "They found the net early and the second goal came from a penalty [to Sergio Agüero] they didn't award.

"They [the officials] had booked a lot of bulls**t, but they didn't even check the VAR, that's incredible.

"That happened all over the game. At the first glance of contact, they ruled in their [Brazil's] favour and this kind of bulls**t distracted us from the game.

"There is no excuses for us, but we need to review this, analyse it and let's hope CONMEBOL does something about it.

"I think we played a great game. We made a great effort and they were not superior to us."

Tournament hosts Brazil will face Peru at the iconic Maracana in the Copa America final on Sunday.

Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.

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