Marquinhos Reveals He Had To Mark Lionel Messi With Diarrhea
Marquinhos has revealed that he marked Lionel Messi while suffering with diarrhea during Brazil's victory over Argentina in the Copa America.
Trying to contain Messi is hard enough as it is. But imagine having to man-mark him while suffering from the s**ts.
Well, that's exactly what Marquinhos went through during Brazil's semi-final clash against Argentina.
The Paris Saint-Germain defender stopped Messi in his tracks as Brazil beat Argentina to book a spot in the Copa America final.
Marquinhos ain't any @GaryLineker :
"The day I played with Argentina and marked Messi, I had a virus and diarrhoea all day long.
Resisted during the game, but couldn't hold anymore and at 64' that's what I was changed"
- Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) July 6, 2019
Following his side's 2-0 victory, he spoke about his virus which effected him as he lined up opposite Messi.
"It was not easy, no," he said when asked about his on-field battle with the Barcelona superstar.
"He [Lionel Messi] was on inspired [form that] night. Not only him as the Argentine team [as a whole] made a great game.
"On the day of the game, I ended up taking [suffering from] a virus and I spent the day at the hotel.
"[It was] very complicated. [I had] diarrhea and vomiting, I still managed to play a little, but when it started to tighten, with the effort it got worse [into] game."
Marquinho's heroic effort even got the attention of Gary Lineker who infamously s**t himself while on international duty with England.
Talking of s**t, that's how Messi described the officiating during his side's defeat to Brazil.
"They were not better than us. They found the net early and the second goal came from a penalty [to Sergio Agüero] they didn't award," he told reporters after crashing out of the tournament.
"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."