The Argentinean superstar received a red card after a clash with Gary Mendel in the 37th minute of today’s Third-Place match in the Copa America.
The Copa America is simply not the best tournament to see Lionel Messi shine.
He has lost two finals against Chile, one at his rival’s home, and the other during the Copa America Centenario in the United States.
And today Argentina is playing against Chile in the Third-Place Match of the competition, and Messi was sent off.
Since the kick-off, La Roja’s Gary Mendel put a fight against the Barcelona footballer, always fighting the ball with the Argentinean and saying some things under his breath.
But in the 37th minute, both players were fighting for a long ball in Chile’s own area, with Mendel pushing Messi, trying to provoke him.
The Blaugrana player started saying something to the Chilean, pushing him as well as being pushed, and the referee had enough.
The main official Mario Diaz de Vivar showed both players the red card without having to look at the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology.
This is the second time in Messi’s career he has received a red card.
The first one was during his debut with Argentina in a friendly match against Hungary 13 years ago just 40 seconds after being subbed in.
But today’s card is the first he has received during an official match.
Hoy hace 13 años debutó Lionel Messi con la selección de Argentina.
El escenario fue un duelo amistoso ante Hungría en Budapest. Entrando de cambio por Lisandro López al 64', Messi saldría expulsado a los 40 segundos por un codazo.
Sigue siendo la única expulsión en su carrera pic.twitter.com/TBniKavyTJ
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