Brazil coach blasts Messi after winning 2019 Copa America

Brazil coach, Tite, has lashed out at Argentina captain, Lionel Messi, for his lack of respect. Messi had claimed the Copa America was set...

Brazil coach, Tite, has lashed out at Argentina captain, Lionel Messi, for his lack of respect.

Messi had claimed the Copa America was set up for the host nation to win, following his red card in the third-place playoff against Chile.

Tite, speaking after his side’s 3-1 victory over Peru in the final, told the Barcelona superstar to always accept defeat graciously.

“The one I treated as extraordinary, as extraterrestrial, needs to have more respect and accept when he is beaten.

“We were harmed [by referees] in several games. We played fair against Argentina the whole time.

“I am being honest. He put huge pressure [on] because of his reputation,” he said.

Although he was unhappy with Messi’s conduct, Tite however accepted that the 32-year-old did not deserve a sending off.

“He was expelled in an unfair way. It was Medel.

“For him, it was a yellow card, at max,” Tite added.

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