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.
Este es el equipo ideal de la CONMEBOL Copa América Brasil 2019, seleccionado por el Grupo de Estudio Técnico (GET) de la @CONMEBOL— Copa América (@CopaAmerica) July 9, 2019
Este é o time ideal da CONMEBOL Copa América Brasil 2019, selecionado pelo Grupo de Estudo Técnico (GET) da @CONMEBOL pic.twitter.com/nhxYSMFODe
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.