Lionel Messi shocked many when he aggressively taunted Colombia defender and former Barcelona teammate Yerry Mina during a penalty shootout earlier this month. Here is how the player has reacted.
Throughout his career, Messi has been seen as someone who, for the most part, minds his own business during a game, but he seemingly showed a different side of himself during his country's triumphant 2021 Copa America campaign.
When Argentina met Colombia at the semi-final stage, the match was to be decided in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw in 90 minutes. Aston Villa shot-stopper Emiliano Martinez stole the show with three excellent saves, but Messi also made headlines for his constant shouting from the centre circle.
Colombia defender Mina was among those whose efforts were saved by Martinez, and Messi seemingly reveled in his misery, appearing to aggressively taunt the former Barca man with chants of "how about dancing now?".
It was later learned that Messi's actions were inspired by a video clip of Mina dancing that had gone viral following Colombia's successful shootout win over Uruguay in the quarter-finals of the competition.
Speaking about the incident, the Everton centre-back seemed to suggest he holds nothing against his former club colleague.
"What happened with Leo is something that can occur at any moment; it is football," he said, according to Marca.
"Life turns around, it gives revenge, but I am calm because I know that Leo is a great person. I met him in Barcelona, and I thank him for the support that he gave me; I will always respect him.
"I admire Messi for what he is; at that time, we were both defending our National Team; if I can give my life for my National Team, I will give it, but what happened was left there; nothing else happens."
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