Messi vs Rodrygo: Why Real Madrid Star Refuses to Address Altercation With Argentina Captain

Messi vs Rodrygo: Why Real Madrid Star Refuses to Address Altercation With Argentina Captain

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at November 30, 2023 at 9:34 AM
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  • Brazil vs Argentina World Cup qualifier encounter delivered
  • Lionel Messi had a heated discussion with Brazil's Rodrygo de Goes
  • The Real Madrid star was recently asked to address the war of words with Messi

Argentina got a rare win against Brazil last week in the South American 2026 World Cup qualifiers at the Maracana.

However, the match was filled with drama, as always. It was delayed for 30 minutes because of violence, and players clashed on the pitch during the game, including Lionel Messi and Rodrygo Goes.

The two appeared to be in a heated argument, something which the Brazilian has finally addressed.

Lionel Messi, Rodrygo Goes, Real Madrid, Inter Miami, Brazil, Argentina, 2026 World Cup, Rodrigo De Paul
Rodrygo Goes is in red-hot form for Real Madrid. Photo by Carl De Souza.
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The discussion between Messi and Rodrygo happened as Argentina returned to the field after they walked off following the violent clashes between Argentina fans and the police.

According to TyC Sports, via GOAL, the Real Madrid star apparently called Argentina players "cowards." Messi responded by saying, "We are the world champions, why are we cowards? Watch your mouth."

Nicolas Otamendi's 83rd-minute goal handed Brazil their third straight defeat in the qualifiers and their first-ever home loss in a World Cup qualifier.

After the game, Messi took to Instagram to condemn the violence.

"This team continues to make history... Great victory in the Maracana although it will be marked by the repression of the Argentinians once again in Brazil. This can't be tolerated, it's crazy and it needs to end now!!"

Rodrygo's response to Messi question

After Real Madrid beat Napoli 4-2 in the Champions League, the 22-year-old was asked about his argument with Messi. He scored Madrid's first goal.

“Messi? I can’t talk about this. Why? Madrid won’t let me," via Madrid Xtra.

Rodrygo has now scored in Real Madrid's last four games. With Vinicius Junior injured, the youngster will carry the scoring burden for Real Madrid alongside Bellingham.

We definitely haven't seen the last of Messi vs Rodrygo. The two teams will meet again on March 25, 2025, but a few things might change before that clash. Argentina are top of the standings, with 15 points after six games. Brazil are 6th with seven points.

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Rodrygo dazzles with incredible skills

Real Madrid narrowed the gap to their title rivals, Girona, with a 5-1 victory over Ruben Baraja's Valencia side, Sports Brief reported.

Brazilian forward Rodrygo Goes delivered a masterclass performance for the team, playing a pivotal role in four of his side's five goals.

The young attacker scored two goals, as well as assisted two other goals for Brazilian teammate Vinicius Junior, as Madrid ran riot.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.