Copa America 2019: Dani Alves pays heart-warming tribute to Lionel Messi after Brazil-Argentina clash
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Argentina suffered yet another international heartbreak after they succumbed to a 2-0 defeat to Brazil in the semi-finals of the Copa America on Tuesday.
The game was embroiled in controversy as the Argentine players accused the referees of making decisions that were biased, with Alves' challenge on Sergio Aguero as one of the major points to back the claims.
Alves played alongside Messi at Barcelona for eight years before moving to Serie A heavyweights Juventus in 2016. Together, they won three Champions League crowns and six La Liga titles from a total of 23 trophies.
The Brazil international left the Old Lady after a brief one-year stint to join Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain. The defender is now set to leave the Parc des Princes with his next destination yet to be ascertained.
The heart of the matter
Following Brazil's win over Argentina, Alves took to Instagram to pay an emotional tribute to Argentina captain, Messi.
The full-back posted a picture of the two friends in an embrace and accompanied it with a caption that translates to, "Football is often about winning, often about losing, however, will never cease to exist the affection, respect, admiration, and connection with those who helped you put food in my house."
"There will never be any more gratitude to those who helped you put your name in the history of football. The greatness of people is measured not only by what they represent in their countries or the feelings they arouse with their profession. Often, it’s about what’s behind it all."
"Thank you for being part of my life and it is always a great honour to have you close to my brother again, even if we are separated by a shirt, we are connected by our essences! My respect!"
Brazil are scheduled to face Peru in the much-awaited Copa America final on Sunday.