Thiago Silva has criticized Lionel Messi saying that he forces referees to make decisions in his favor.
Brazil faced Argentina last night in Saudi Arabia. Lionel Messi, after initially missing the penalty, scored on the rebound which proved to be the winning goal for his side. Thiago Silva later was very bitter but not because his side lost.
Brazil defender Thiago Silva called out the Argentina captain saying he is too controlling of the game. The 35-year old complained that Messi forces referees to make decisions in his favor. Messi told Brazil coach Tite to ‘shut it’ and Silva raised his opinion on the Barcelona star’s disrespectful gesture.
“He wanted to rule over the game. 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 Thiago Silva in a report by Metro.
“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.”
“It’s hard to understand when we talk about respect on the pitch, and one of the most admired players in the world does that, you don’t do that to an older person but being that it was a coach… as much as there is rivalry, respect has to come first,” added Thiago Silva.
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