Brazil captain Thiago Silva criticized Lionel Messi after Argentina beat his country 1-0 on Friday in a friendly in Saudi Arabia.
“He wanted to rule over the game,” said Silva. “He kicked two people and the referee did nothing. I argued with the ref and he kept laughing. You have to put admiration to one side,” said the defender.
“He always looks to force the referee to give them free-kicks in dangerous areas, he always acts in that way. We spoke with some players who play in Spain and the same thing happens, he looks to control the game and the referee’s decisions.
“In the Champions League he doesn’t have that advantage because the referees are tougher. You don’t see him trying to rule so much. There are referees that, because of their admiration for him, start to weigh in on his side. That we didn’t have Neymar on our side was a disadvantage.”
Messi told Brazil coach Tite to shut it.