Cristiano Ronaldo was blasted for his post-match comments after Portugal’s 1-1 draw with Iceland on Tuesday night, but he isn’t the only Ballon d’Or winner to have been criticised for his behaviour this week.
Lionel Messi, football’s golden boy, has also angered the citizens of a relatively small nation; one of them, at least.
The Argentina and Barcelona superstar made headlines by nutmegging Carlos Lampe in the Copa America on Tuesday evening, but the Bolivia goalkeeper’s teammate Jhasmani Campos has blasted the world-class forward for his 45-minute cameo in the second half.
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"He came on to make fun of us," the 28-year-old playmaker told Goal after the match. "A player of his talent should not be doing what he did. He carried out some unnecessary moves to make fun of my team-mates and that is not on.”
Campos was also annoyed with Messi after the Argentine squared up to him following a challenge. However, he still admitted that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is the “best player in the world” and wished Argentina well for the rest of the tournament.
"It happened all so fast. I tackled him, and he got up to confront me,” Campos added. “Then he said something I did not like.
"I won't repeat it, it was ugly. I'd rather keep it to myself.
"I was congratulated in the dressing room afterwards, it is a question of egos. Nobody likes to be treated badly.
"But it's over, he is the best player in the world and Argentina are a great team, and I hope they do really well."
Video: Campos v Messi
Argentina to win the Copa America?
Bolivia have exited the competition following their 3-0 defeat to Argentina, who will take on Venezuela in the quarter-finals on Saturday night.
La Albiceleste are desperate to win their first major title since 1993 and, with Brazil out of the competition, appear to stand an excellent chance of ending their 23-year drought.
Victory in the Copa America would also mean the world to Messi, who has made no secret of his desire to win a title with his national team throughout his career.
The 28-year-old went agonisingly close at both the 2014 World Cup and the 2015 Copa America - Argentina suffered defeats in both finals - and is determined to get that maiden title, if you don’t count the 2008 Olympic gold medal he won, under his belt this summer.
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