The Argentina and Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi blasted Copa America organisers after receiving his second ever red card of professional career as Argentina secured bronze medal beating Chile 2-1.
Lionel Messi has received a red card after 670 games with club and country in his career.
The only other time he has been sent off was during his debut game for Argentina vs. Hungary in 2005.
Messi laid on Argentina’s first goal on Saturday for Sergio Aguero to convert, before Paulo Dybala made it 2-0 within 22 minutes.
While Medel appeared to be the clear aggressor in their clash, referee Mario Diaz de Vivar showed both men the red card while players from both sides continued to join the brawl.
Messi was left bemused by the decision and walked off the pitch, as Argentina held on to win the third place play-off 2-1 despite Arturo Vidal’s penalty after half time.
But when the Argentina team came back out on the Arena Corinthians turf to receive their medals, Leo was nowhere to be seen.
The star didn’t hold his words and said,”Brazil champion? I believe that there is no doubt. Unfortunately I think it is armed for Brazil. Hopefully, the referees and the VAR have nothing to do and that Peru can compete, because it has the equipment to do so. But I see it difficult”.
“With a yellow card it would have been over for both of us, but well, maybe what i said last time passes bills. The important thing is that the team finished the Cup well, ” Messi said.