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Lionel Messi lashed out at Real Madrid star during Brazil vs Argentina game

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Argentina’s World Cup qualifier against Brazil last night had no shortage of drama. As such, Argentina captain Lionel Messi alleged that the Brazilian police engaged in brutal tactics, leading to a 30-minute delay in the start of the match at Maracana Stadium. 

It is to be noted that the disturbance arose from confrontations between law enforcement and the visiting fans after violent clashes erupted behind one of the goals as the national anthems played, leading to a police intervention. 

Officers charged at the travelling contingent with nightsticks and in retaliation, some Argentina fans tore up seats and hurled them at the officers, causing panic among other spectators who rushed onto the pitch to evade the turmoil. 

The match eventually started after a brief pause and ended 1-0 in favour of Argentina.

Messi had an argument of his own

Leading to the story, a report from the Mirror has emerged that Messi had an altercation with Rodrygo moments before the start of the game.

Lionel Messi had an altercation with Real Madrid forward Rodrygo. (Photo by CARL DE SOUZA/AFP via Getty Images)

After Argentina walked back onto the field after a brief delay, the Real Madrid forward confronted Messi, audibly expressing to the Argentine captain and his teammate Rodrigo De Paul, “You cowards.”

In response, Messi calmly placed his hand on Rodrygo’s shoulder and then on the back of his neck, saying, “We are the world champions. Why are we cowards? Watch your mouth.” With that, the 36-year-old departed, leaving De Paul to carry on the exchange.

Coaches and players from both teams rushed onto the field to calm the confrontation. The intensity of the incident, however, failed to subside, contributing to a troubled and fiery first half, which had a high frequency of fouls that hampered the overall flow of the game.

Towards the end of the match, Joelinton was sent off after Nicolas Otamendi had given Argentina the lead.

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France manager talks Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid, Tchouameni injury

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After unveiling the final squad for France for the upcoming European Championship, coach Didier Deschamps appeared in front of the media to discuss the nation’s preparations for the tournament.

Deschamps was notably asked about Kylian Mbappe and his potential move to Real Madrid in the coming summer.

Deschamps on Mbappe announcement

When asked when Real Madrid may announce the signing of Mbappe, the French coach replied (h/t L’Equipe), “They will decide when it’s time to make it official. As far as possible, I will adapt to the squad.”

This comes on the back of earlier reports which claim that Real Madrid are desperate to announce the signing of Mbappe before the start of Euro 2024.

Mbappe might become a Real Madrid player before the start of Euro 2024 (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

The coveted tournament begins June 14, though France’s opening game is on June 18 as they take on Austria in the city of Dusseldorf.

Deschamps also dismissed concerns over Mbappe’s form, stating, “You don’t find Kylian Mbappé in good shape? He only scored 44 goals in the season. It’s true that he could have done better.”

Deschamps on Tchouameni’s fitness

As things stand, a total of three Real Madrid players are a part of the France squad for the European Championship.

One of them is Aurelien Tchouameni, who picked up a knock earlier this month which could keep him out of the upcoming Champions League final.

Deschamps, though, is not worried about his fitness and is hopeful of having the midfielder back for the Euros.

“Tchouaméni? I’m not worried. The deadline is too short for the UCL final but for the Euro it’s more than doable,” he said.

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