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Lionel Messi Immediately Stops His Argentina Teammate From Singing A Derogatory Pele Chant

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Lionel Messi Immediately Stops His Argentina Teammate From Singing A Derogatory Pele Chant

Lionel Messi showed the ultimate sign of respect after Argentina beat Brazil to win the Copa America.

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Messi won his first international trophy for Argentina as they secured the Copa America title at the Maracana last weekend.

The 34-year-old broke down in tears when the referee blew the final whistle, with his teammates celebrating with him on the pitch.

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Despite emotions running high, he had the presence of mind to stop a derogatory Pele chant in the post-match celebrations.

Rodrigo De Paul, who assisted Angel Di Maria's first-half goal, was set to sing a song about footballing legends Pele and Diego Maradona.

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Via Roy Nemer, it's a chant essentially saying: "Brazilians, how bitter you look, Maradona is bigger/greater, greater than Pele."

However, the six-time Ballon d'Or winner immediately stopped him from singing it, gesturing to him during the celebrations.

Sergio Aguero sided with Messi and also told him to stop singing it in a classy moment amid Argentina's triumph over Brazil.

Humble in victory - brilliant from Messi.

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Messi dedicated Argentina's Copa America success to his family and friends, not to mention Maradona.

On social media, he wrote: "I want to dedicate this success to my family who always gave me the strength to move forward, to my friends that I love so much, to all the people who back us and especially to the 45 million Argentines who had such a bad time with this sh*t virus, especially those that affected them more closely.

"It goes for all of you. And of course, also for Diego [Maradona] who surely backed us from wherever he is."

Topics: Football News, Football, Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona, Pele, Argentina, Brazil

Nasir Jabbar
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