- Lionel Messi saw his Argentina World Cup qualifying match against Brazil disrupted by health authorities
- The Paris Saint-Germain star, along with his friend Neymar, were captured laughing following the dramatic scenes
- Brazil health authorities claimed for UK-based Argentine stars had lied to get into the country just to evade quarantine
The South American heavyweight match was halted following bizarre scenes when Brazilian authorities walked up to the pitch over COVID-19 protocol.
They claim four UK-based Argentine players had falsified their documents just to evade quarantine as they entered the country.
Brazilian laws stipulate that non-Brazilian national entering from the UK must observe a 14-day isolation upon arrival.
Dybala reacts after spotting Messi wearing photographer's vest during on-field chaos at Brazil vs Argentina game
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The four players involved were Emiliano Martinez and Emiliano Buendia of Aston Villa, and Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso of Tottenham Hotspur.
It was gathered that these Premier League players failed to inform the authorities that they had been in England.
Brazil’s federal government, as well as the CBF and Conmebol, had reportedly granted the players go ahead to play the game, but health authorities rejected the exemption.
They headed for the stadium in their bid to arrest the players and barely five minutes into the encounter, they charged unto the pitch and the match was stopped Sky Sports reports.
Lionel Messi, meanwhile, tried his best to find out what was going on, but prior to that, an incredible photo was captured by photographer Nelson Almeida.
It shows Messi and his Paris Saint-Germain team-mate (and international opponent) Neymar, seemingly unable to quite understand what they had witnessed as they burst into laughter.
What did Messi say?
What Messi said According to RMC Sport, Messi told the official:
"We've been here for three days, we were waiting to play the match, why didn't you come earlier? This is a m*ss, we're off!"
Messi escapes career-ending tackle
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Paris Saint-German star, Lionel Messi, luckily escaped a dangerous tackle during Argentina’s 3-1 win over Venezuela in a World Cup qualifying encounter.
Goals from Lautaro Martínez, Joaquin Correa and Angel Correa were enough to hand La Albiceleste all crucial three points after the final whistle.
But Adrian Martinez handed Messi a nasty challenge in the first half and upon VAR review, he was shown a straight red.