Brazil captain Dani Alves has hit out at former Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi for his controversial comments during Copa America 2019. The Argentine superstar had criticised the CONMEBOL (South American Football federation) for alleged favoritism towards the host nation and eventual champions, Brazil.
After Argentina’s loss to Brazil in the semi-finals, Messi had accused the referees of making ‘bu*****t’ decisions and claimed that it had prevented Argentina from playing their best. The situation further intensified when Messi was given a red card for clashing with Chile’s Gary Medel in the 3rd place match. The furious 32-year-old even refused to collect his third place medal after the match.
Speaking out on Messi’s reaction, Dani Alves in an explosive interview on SporTV’s ‘Bem Amigos’ labelled his former teammate’s and friend’s comments as ‘disrespectful’
The Brazilian captain said:
“A friend is not always right just because he’s a friend. You can say it in the heat of the moment, but I still won’t agree. Firstly, he’s disrespecting an institution such as the Selecao, in my view. Secondly, he’s being disrespectful with several professionals who put a lot of things aside so they could be there fighting for a dream.”
He added, “I’m a friend who always tells the truth when it’s due, and I think he was wrong for saying these things.”
Dani Alves and Lionel Messi had formed a fruitful partnership at Barcelona with the Brazilian right back having almost a telepathic understanding with the 5-time Ballon d’Or winner on the right flank. With Alves currently a free agent after his one year stint at Paris Saint-Germain last year, it will be interesting to see where the right-back will be playing in the coming season.