Brazil won the Copa America with a great display against Peru, defeating them 3-1 on their own turf to secure yet another major trophy for the world’s winningest national team.
However, their victory was kind of tainted by Lionel Messi’s remarks, as the Argentina captain and Barcelona legend claimed that CONMEBOL was always working in Brazil’s favor and referees were bound to help them win the tournament one way or the other.
A clearly disturbed and angry Messi told the media that ‘Brazil ran everything at CONMEBOL’ and ‘the pitch was tilted against them’, some serious accusations considering they’re coming from one of the world’s most beloved and respected athletes.
That’s why Dani Alves, a great friend and former teammate of Messi went on record to claim that he thinks the Argentinean was ‘disrespectful’ towards Brazil and their victory.
“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. I’m a friend who always tells the truth when it’s due, and I think he was wrong for saying these things,” Alves told Bem Amigos.
Alves became the world’s winningest player by securing his 40th trophy with that victory over Peru and showed no signs of slowing down even despite coming off a major injury and being already 36 years old.
His deal with Paris Saint-Germain recently expired but he’s expected to continue to find a new home and play for a couple of more years, as he dreams with having the chance of winning the World Cup with his national team.