Lionel Messi Scores Winner On International Return And Silences Brazil Boss Tite
Lionel Messi told Brazil coach Tite to "shut his mouth" during a furious bust-up on his Argentina return.
Messi returned to international duty following a three-month ban by scoring the match-winner in his side's 1-0 victory over fiercest rivals Brazil.
He scored a penalty rebound in the 14th minute and shortly after his goal, he exchanged heated words with Tite who complained to the referee.
Thiago Silva pistola com Messi:- globoesportecom (@globoesportecom) November 16, 2019
"Um dos caras mais admirados do futebol mandar um treinador calar a boca, por mais que você tenha rivalidade, a educação tem que estar em primeiro lugar"
Leia a entrevista indignada de Thiago Silva https://t.co/HYj6xR7Www pic.twitter.com/64xfc4LE75
And speaking after Brazil's defeat, the 58-year-old coach explained his side of the story while revealing his clash with Messi.
"I complained because he [Messi] should have been shown a yellow card and he told me to shut my mouth and I told him to shut his mouth," he said.
"I don't want to answer anymore on it. You need a strong referee because he'll swallow you... It should have been a card, I was right to complain. And that was it."
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Brazil captain Thiago Silva also slammed Messi after their defeat to Argentina in Saudi Arabia.
"He wanted to run the game, wanted to blow the whistle. He gave two balls to the ball and the referee did nothing. He argued with the referee and the referee kept laughing. Admiration has to be set aside," he explained.
"It's hard, because we talk so much about education and one of the most admired guys in football say... I'm not going to tell an old man, because he'll be mad at me, but have a coach shut up. As much as you have rivalry, education must come first."
Messi's first half goal leaves Brazil without a win in their last five games. Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus had the chance to level the match, but he fluffed his lines from the spot.