Edinson Cavani is reported to have asked Lionel Messi if he wanted to him in the friendly between Argentina VS Uruguay on Monday night. According to an Argentine newspaper, Cavani wanted to fight with Messi during the match. To which Lionel Messi reportedly stated, ‘whenever you want.’
It is reported that the argument further continued as they walked down the tunnel after the half-time whistle as well, and Messi’s Barcelona team-mate Luis Suarez intervened and separated the two. The heavy foul on Messi is what caused the argument between him and Cavani. Uruguay defender Diego Godin put an arm around Messi to try and calm the situation.
Cavani while speaking to ESPN said, “It was a classic, a match with lots of friction and strong tackles, as we have in South American football. Both sides have done good things, we leave with a positive feeling and we try to play good football. It was already a classic.”
This is Messi’s second controversy in just four days. Previously Tite and Messi were seen exchanging words during Argentina’s match against Brazil. But Messi had the last laugh after his team beat Saudi Arabia 1-0. Messi was then seen looking at the touchline and put a finger to his lip while making a hand gesture that appeared to tell Tite he had too much to talk.
Tite later admitted that he was complaining to the referee during the first half and said the two had indeed exchanged words.