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Brazil players blast Messi over corruption claims

Brazilian players aim dig at Lionel Messi over 'fixed' Copa América claims

July 7, 2019 By Oscar Rojas
The Argentine superstar's claims did not go down well among A Canarinha's players, who labeled Barcelona's ace as a poor loser.

Brazilian midfielder Casemiro shared a few words regarding Messi's complaints about a "fixed" Copa América.

Earlier this week, Lionel Messi shared his views on the competition and how he believed CONMEBOL had rigged the tournament to see A Canarinha lift the trophy. While some fans agreed with Messi's views due to some controversial calls, Real Madrid's midfielder did not support his claims and ended up aiming a dig at the Argentine superstar.

"It's not up to us to judge the refs, it's a delicate subject. There are some people out there that voice their thoughts just because they have a mouth," Casemiro said in the mixed-zone right after the Brazil vs Peru clash.

Later, center back Marquinhos aimed the most scathing attack against "La Pulga", recalling some incidents throughout Messi's career where the refs "helped" Messi's teams.

"It's frustrating to see a player of his status saying something like that, because he is looked up by everyone. There were times when referees also favored Barcelona or his national team and he did not go out there to speak about corrupt referees. He lost and he has to live with it,"Marquinhos said.

Later, Thiago Silva recalled the UEFA Champions League tie between PSG and Barcelona, which was sorted out with a disappointing job by Turkish ref Denis Aytekin.

"It's hard to say something about that, because when you lose a game you try to blame others to diminish your responsibility on that loss. Those words were not necessary. It's sad to see him say something about the tournament when he did not step up to say something about that 6-1 game against PSG, which they won due to a ridiculous performance by the ref. When that happened, no one from PSG stepped up to say UEFA handed Barcelona that tie," Silva said.

The Brazilian international urged Messi to respect his opponents, because he is also disrespecting history with claims such as the ones he voiced this week.

"It's important to respect our history. Brazil has five World Cup titles and none of them can be considered as an act of corruption," Thiago Silva concluded.

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