​Argentina talisman, ​Lionel Messi was not included in 2019 Copa America Best XI that was released on Tuesday, with his snub coming as a surprise despite leading the tournament figures in several notable offensive categories.


The Copa America Best XI selected by by the coaches of South American Confederation CONMEBOL, saw winners Brazil have five players in the team, while two Peruvians and one player each from Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay and Chile made the cut.


Alisson Becker, Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, Arthur and Everton from Brazil were included in the squad, while the two Peru players were, Miguel Trauco and Paolo Guerrero, with midfielder Leandro Paredas the only player from La Alcibeste to make the team, despite them reaching the semi-final stage.



While he did not set the tournament on fire, the 31-year-old did register most through balls in the tournament and suffered the most fouls in his opponents' half, and surprisingly found himself in controversy after ​going on a rant against the officiating in the competition.

The striker who was sent off during their 2-1 win over Chile in the third place playoff, boycotted the medal ceremony in protest against what he felt was a competition fixed in the favour of Brazil.

Messi was included in the on the Best XI of the 2015 and 2016 editions of Copa America and it will be interesting to see whether he takes part in future editions of the competition.

Copa America Best XI:

Alisson Becker (Brazil), Dani Alves (Brazil), Jose María Giménez (Uruguay), Thiago Silva (Brazil), Miguel Trauco (Peru), Arthur (Brazil), Leandro Paredas (Argentina), Arturo Vidal (Chile), James Rodríguez (Colombia), Paolo Guerrero (Peru), Everton (Brazil).