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.
Messi telling Tite (Brazilian coach) to be quiet. https://t.co/0ESYuFkMvA— 퐀퐅퐂 퐀퐉퐀퐗 (@TheEuropeanLad) November 15, 2019
"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.
Lionel Messi in touchline exchange with Brazil boss Tite: 'He told me to shut my mouth and I told him to shut his mouth' https://t.co/gjQI2ZWFGf— The National (@TheNationalUAE) November 16, 2019
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.