Lionel Messi is embroiled in spat with Brazil boss Tite as he orders his rival to ‘shut his mouth’ and makes ‘shush’ gesture during ill-tempered return to action with Argentina after three-month ban
- Lionel Messi told Brazil coach Tite to shut up during international friendly
- Messi scored the only goal of the game on his return to the Argentina set-up
- Thiago Silva claims Messi tried to referee the match and was disrespectful to Tite
Published:06: EST, 16 N Ovember 2019|Updated:
Messi looked to the touchline and put his finger to his lips before making another hand sign that appeared to tell the Brazil coach he had too much to say for himself.
Tite admitted he had been complaining to the refer ee during the first half and said the two men exchanged words.
Lionel Messi told Brazil coach Tite to shut up during Argentina’s 1-0 win over Brazil on Friday
Messi exchanged words with Tite on his return to international football following his ban
The Barcelona forward scored the only goal of the game during the friendly match
Thiago Silva pistola com Messi:
“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”
– globoesportecom (@globoesportecom) (November) , 2019
‘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, ‘Tite said. ‘And that was it.’
Brazil captain Thiago Silva hit out at Messi for being disrespectful to his coach during his side’s 1-0
‘He wanted to run the game, wanted to blow the whistle. He argued with the referee and the referee kept laughing. Admiration has to be set aside, ‘Silva said.
‘ 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. ‘
The Barcelona forward was one of the outstanding performers for Argentina on his return to international football after missing four games through suspension.
Messi was involved in a spat with Brazil coach Tite (pictured) during the match in Saudi Arabia
Thiago Silva (left) was not happy with how Messi was trying to referee the game
He scored the only goal after 14 minutes. His penalty was saved but he followed up to beat Alisson and could have had another couple of goals but for some stout defending and the keeper’s awareness.
The result was encouraging for Argentina, who have now gone six games without defeat – their longest such run since 2016.
‘From the very start we tried to play. We had a couple of misses and they had their chances, ‘Messi said. ‘But in the second half we were much better.
‘ When you win, it puts you more at ease and that is very positive for what lies ahead. I ended the match well, we all ran quite a bit. And that is what we were there to do. ‘
Argentina play Uruguay in a friendly next week while Brazil face South Korea.