givemesport: For every football fan who is enthralled by Lionel Messi’s return to international football, there is an opponent who is utterly infuriated.
First, the Argentine wriggled his way into Brazilian minds with the only goal in the Superclasico de las America, also telling Selecao boss Tite to ‘shut up’ for good measure.
On Monday, he turned his attention to Uruguay as the Albiceleste fought back for a 2-2 draw.
Edinson Cavani opened the scoring, only to be cancelled out by Sergio Aguero getting on the end of a Messi set-piece.
Luis Suarez then looked to have won it for Uruguay, before his Barcelona partner scored from the spot to level it up in the second minute of injury time.
However, the most extraordinary scenes of the night came not from the boots of one of a plethora of high-profile goalscorers.
Cavani told ESPN, per the Mail, afterwards that this was a “classic…South American” match, hence why it got very heated.
Indeed, the striker was actually seen offering Messi out for a fight at one stage. Ole claim Cavani said “let’s fight” during his clash with the Barcelona forward.
In turn, Messi is said to have replied, “whenever you want”.
The incident can be seen in the footage below:
En exclusivité les paroles violentes de Lionel Messi qui auraient été à l’origine de sa bagarre avec Cavani pic.twitter.com/CSDt4tdIOg
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— Bernard Cls (@BernardCls) November 18, 2019
There is undoubtedly a more volatile side we are seeing to the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Messi has never been a demure player, but he has been rattling players and managers alike over the past week on international duty.
That three-month CONMEBOL ban has allowed him to stew and he has returned with a vengeance.
Diego Godin was left to try and resolve the dispute.
Afterwards, Cavani added:
“On both sides there are good things, we leave with a positive feeling and we try to play football, then it was already a classic, we live it like this.”
It seems the two players have quickly made amends despite what looked to be a moment of considerable tension.
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