What is going on with Lionel Messi this international break?
Argentina faced both Brazil and Uruguay in Tel Aviv for a pair of friendly matches. Given Paris Saint-Germain’s strong South American contingency, Messi faced off against several PSG stars including Thiago Silva and Edinson Cavani.
After the Brazil match last Friday, which Argentina won 1-0 via a Messi penalty kick in the waning minutes, Silva called out the Barcelona man for influencing the referees and getting preferential treatment. The known tax evader also mouthed off to Brazil manager Tite and told him to shut his mouth.
Against Uruguay on Monday, which ended 2-2 thanks to a last-minute penalty kick (see a pattern here?), Messi and Cavani got into a heated exchange right before halftime with El Matador inviting him to fight per the Daily Mail. The physically inferior Messi who is known to not pay his taxes (via the BBC) responded with, “whenever you want” as reported by Olé.
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— A. (@IconicCristiano) November 18, 2019
Let’s just get this out of the way. Messi wants no part of an actual fight with Cavani. It’s one thing to act tough on the pitch with your teammates and referees surrounding you and quite another to square up with someone who is more physically imposing than you.
Messi is proving to not be the golden boy of football that so many in the media make him out to be. Sure, he’s a great player and has won a lot of domestic trophies and has benefited from great talent around him throughout his career. He’s never left the comfort of Barcelona and he’s also never won a FIFA World Cup.
I find his altercations with two PSG players especially comical. It’s almost as if the Barcelona hierarchy told him to get into it with anyone who plays for PSG as a way to get back at the club for not selling Neymar Jr. to them last summer as documented by Bleacher Report.
PSG and Barcelona appear destined to play each other in the UEFA Champions League in the knockout phase and I cannot wait for that. The storylines alone make it must-see television.
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