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Lionel Messi refused man of the match award after Argentina clash

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Lionel Messi refused to accept the man of the match award after Argentine were held 2-2 against Paraguay on Saturday. 

This has been reported by Goal.com, who claim that the Barcelona forward, who put his country 2-0 up from the penalty spot in the first-half in Chile, wasn't in the mood to collect the award after he failed to score again to secure the win for Argentina. 

The report goes on to reveal that a representative from MasterCard went to the Argentina dressing room to tell the superstar he had been selected for the award, but was told the forward didn't want to receive the honour. 

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In fact, Goal have suggested that Messi was left furious after his national side failed to secure all three points against Paraguay.

Incredibly, MasterCard were then ready to hand another Argentine the award, but they were quickly told that none of Gerardo Martino's men were willing to accept it after such a poor second half. 

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Award finally accepted 

Ultimately, Nelson Valdez, who gave Paraguay a lifeline with their first goal of the clash, was finally handed the man of the match award in a bizarre turn of events. 

Messi and Co., then, will now be hoping to secure their first win of the competition against current Group B leaders Uruguay this evening, while Paraguay will also be hoping to pick up all three points when they take on Jamaica, who sit bottom of the group. 

Determined Messi 

One thing's for sure, you can hardly blame Messi for opting out of securing the man of the match award. At the end of the day, he was rightly left frustrated and disappointed following his side's 2-2 draw, but he will no doubt be hoping to make amends sooner rather than later. 

Of course, Messi, who is regarded by many as the world's best player, will be desperate to secure Copa Amercia glory for Argentina, especially after last summer's heartbreaking World Cup final defeat to Germany. 

Following a glorious season on the club scene with Barcelona, Messi must now deliver the goods for his country, and he will certainly be hoping to be on top form this evening. A so called furious Messi may well prove a worrying sight for Uruguay. 

Will Messi inspire Argentina to Copa America success? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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