Edinson Cavani allegedly asked Lionel Messi if he wanted to fight him during Argentina’s 2-2 draw with Uruguay on Monday night.
According to Argentine newspaper Ole, Cavani was spotted on camera suggesting he wanted to brawl with Messi during the match.
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Ole claim Messi said “whenever you want” in response.
And, according to reports, the argument continued in the tunnel after the half-time whistle as well. Messi’s Barcelona team-mate Luis Suarez had to intervene to separate the pair.
The clash happened during the so-called friendly match played in Tel Aviv, Israel on Monday night.
It followed a heavy foul on Messi that sparked an argument between him and Cavani as the action continued.
Uruguay defender Diego Godin was seen putting his arm around Messi to try and diffuse the situation.
Cavani played down the incident after the match, quoted by ESPN as saying: ‘It was a classic, a match with lots of friction and strong tackles, as we have in South American football.
“Both sides have done good things, we leave with a positive feeling and we try to play good football. It was already a classic.”
This is the second time in four days Messi has been involved in a controversial incident.
The Barcelona star and Tite exchanged words during Argentina’s win over Brazil but it was the forward who had the last laugh after his team’s good run continued with a 1-0 victory in Saudi Arabia.