Brazil boss blasts 'disrespectful' Lionel Messi
 Brazil boss blasts 'disrespectful' Lionel Messi

Brazil boss blasts 'disrespectful' Lionel Messi

Brazil coach Tite has blasted Argentine star Lionel Messi, after his recent claims that the Copa America was set up for Brazil.

Tite spoke after his side beat Peru 3-1 to lift the title after more than a decade, saying the Barcelona star needs to show more respect. 

"The one I treated as extraordinary, as extraterrestrial, needs to have more respect and accept when he is beaten," Tite said of Messi post-match.

"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," 

Messi's Argentina was tossed out of the competition by Brazil in the semis, with the star man claiming officials were favouring the hosts. 

It got worse for Messi when he was shown a straight redcard in the third-place match against Chile on Saturday, ending a largely unimpressive tournament. 

Former teammate Dani Alves, who was voted the player of the tournament, too disagreed with his sentiments.

"I don't agree with what Messi said, we have worked hard to be champions. We sweat a lot. I can understand that Messi is upset, but I don't agree that it was set up because we sweat a lot to get this,"  he added. 

In a bizarre incident, the Barcelona legend refused to accept his third-place medal declaring the Copa America corrupt. 

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