Lionel Messi raged at Brazil forward Rodrygo while backing up Argentina team-mate Rodrigo De Paul after a delayed start to the game at the Maracana.
Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier was pushed back half-an-hour following clashes with Albiceleste supporters at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium – and the hostilities didn’t end there.
Immediately after the players returned to the pitch, De Paul and Rodrygo could be seen in deep – and antagonistic – conversation, before Messi rushed over to support his Argentina colleague.
According to reports from TyC Sports, Rodrygo accused Messi, De Paul and Argentina of being “cowards”, after the Albiceleste captain threatened a walk-off due to continued brutality from Brazilian police.
In response, Messi is said to have retorted: “We are the world champions, why are we cowards? Watch your mouth.”
The match was eventually played despite the initial lengthy delay.
However, a Nicolas Otamendi goal was enough to consign Brazil to their third straight defeat and their first ever at home in World Cup qualifying games.
The rivalry was far from over after the full-time whistle, as Messi took to Instagram to call out the “crazy” violence suffered by Argentina fans at the hands of Brazilian authorities.