After his infamous rant following Argentina's semi-final loss to Brazil at the 2019 Copa America, Lionel Messi gave a speech to his teammates that had everyone in tears. Angel Di Maria has now reportedly revealed what the FC Barcelona superstar said.
Click through the gallery above to see some pictures from Argentina's semi-final defeat to the Selecao.
While the Albiceleste had their chances against the Selecao, they were unable to find the back of the net in a 2-0 defeat to their great South American rivals.
After that result, Messi did not hold back when he claimed that the referees at the tournament were doing their best to help the host nation lift the trophy, which they went on to do in the final against Peru.
Those remarks landed him in hot water, but there were also things he said, this time to his colleagues, that reduced those in the dressing room to tears.
Di Maria, a long-time teammate and friend of Messi's, has now revealed that the 32-year-old gave an inspired talk after their loss, during which he praised the team for their dedication, especially the younger players in the squad.
"Messi said some beautiful words when we were eliminated by Brazil," he told ESPN Argentina.
"Messi told us he was proud of the team we had built. That we had not been together much as some had not been called up before.
"Yet, it felt as though we had all been together for many years. He said that we had all rowed in the same direction from the first day.
"That he was very proud of the youngsters for their commitment to this jersey and if they were there and gave what they gave at the Copa America, it was because they more than deserved to be there.
"Once he finished, everyone was in tears because it touched everyone's hearts, especially the youngsters. The young players are the ones that have to carry on in the same path.
"It will not be easy for them. They will have to work and continue giving their all as, sooner or later, luck will be on our side."
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