Brazil head coach Tite has claimed that he was told to ‘shut up’ by Argentina captain Lionel Messi in the friendly between the South American rivals.

La Albiceleste beat the Selecao 1-0 in Saudi Arabia thanks to Messi’s first-half goal and Gabriel Jesus’ miss from the penalty spot.

Messi looked to the touchline and put his fingers to his lips before making another hand sign that appeared to tell the Brazil coach he was talking too much.

"I complained because he [Messi] should have been shown a yellow card and he told me to shut my mouth and I told him to shut his mouth. And that was it," Tite said during his ​post-match press conference, as per ​The National.

He added, "I don't want to answer anymore on it. You need a strong referee because he'll swallow you… It should have been a card, I was right to complain."

The ​Barcelona forward was phenomenal for Argentina as he made his way back straight into the starting XI after missing four games through suspension.

He scored the only goal after 14 minutes -- his penalty was saved but he followed up to beat Alisson -- and could have had another couple of goals but for some solid defending and the keeper's awareness.

Messi was delighted with his team’s performance, and said, “From the very start we tried to play. We had a couple of misses and they had their chances. But in the second half, we were much better.

"When you win, it puts you more at ease and that is very positive for what lies ahead. I ended the match well, we all ran quite a bit. And that is what we were there to do," he concluded.

Argentina play Uruguay in a friendly next week while Brazil face South Korea.