Lionel Messi took to social media to call for an end to the “crazy repression” of Argentina fans in Brazil after violent scenes at the Maracana.

Messi Calls For An End To 'Crazy Repression' Of Argentina Fans
Lionel Messi

The World Cup qualifier at Rio de Janeiro’s famous stadium was delayed by over 30 minutes on Tuesday night after police intervened to reported booing of the Brazilian national anthem by Albiceleste supporters.


This set the tone for a feisty encounter from which Argentina emerged victorious, thanks to a Nicolas Otamendi strike.

But Messi was sure to draw attention to fans suffering after the full-time whistle.

However, the 2023 Ballon d’Or winner wrote on Instagram: “This team continues to make history…

“Great victory in the Maracana although it will be marked by the repression of the Argentinians once again in Brazil.


“This can’t be tolerated, it’s crazy and it needs to end now!!”

The rivalry between Brazil and Argentina is one of the fiercest in world football.

Also, it isn’t even the first time this month that opposing fans from the respective countries have come to blows.

The Copa Libertadores final between Fluminense and Boca Juniors earlier this month saw crazy scenes of violence on Rio’s Copacabana beach, sparking a similarly brutal response from Brazilian authorities.


However, uncertainty continues to surround his future at international level.

The Inter Miami star will turn 39 at the 2026 World Cup.


An appearance which some feel depends on his team’s success at the upcoming Copa America.

Read more: Felipe Melo Explains How Lionel Messi Is Better Than Before

Messi could even find himself without a mentor for both tournaments, after manager Lionel Scaloni’s shock resignation hint on Tuesday night.

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