Brazil captain Thiago Silva was not happy with Argentina star Lionel Messi after he told Selecao head coach Tite to shut up. Notably, the Argentina superstar had told the Brazilian tactician to 'shut up during an global friendly encounter between these two countries in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Friday.
"I complained because he [Messi] should have been shown a yellow card and he told me to shut my mouth and I told him to shut his mouth", Tite said, as per Mirror.
After the match, Silva slammed Messi for his gesture, saying that "education comes first" despite the rivalry between the two sides.
Messi and the Argentinians will face his Barcelona teammate Luis Suarez and the Uruguayans in a game as eagerly anticipated for its political ramifications as its sporting star power.
"He committed two bad fouls, argued with the referee and the referee did nothing, he didn't give him a card".
Silva was also not impressed with the way Messi tried to inlfuence the game and feels the referees need to be stronger. "You have to put admiration to one side", said the defender. We have spoken with players in Spain and they say the same; he always attempts to control the game and influence the referee.
Rodrygo, the 18-year-old who scored a sensational Champions League hat-trick with Real Madrid this month, made his Brazil debut as he replaced Willian for the final 20 minutes. "As much as you have a rivalry, education must come first", he added.
"We, Brazil, were at a disadvantage in the game because we didn't have Neymar in the starting eleven".