Brazil forward player Gabriel Jesus has criticised football superstar Lionel Messi for his harsh comments which he made following his team’s exit in the Copa America 2019.

Notably, Lionel Messi captained Argentina had been knocked out of the Copa America competition after they experienced a 2-0 defeat against rival team Brazil. Jesus and Firmino scored the two goals for Brazil.

However, things took a sour turn when Messi was shown the red card and asked to leave the ground in Argentina’s match for the third place against Chile. However, a Messi-less Argentina managed to win the match 2-1 and take the bronze medal home.

“We don’t have to be part of this corruption. The lack of respect that they have showed us throughout this tournament. Sadly, the corruption, the referees, they don’t allow people to enjoy football, they ruined it a bit. I think the cup is fixed for Brazil,” Lionel Messi had stated after the match, addressing the media.

Now, Brazil striker Jesus has also criticised Leo for his comments.

“I was upset with Messi because I see him as intelligent and the best in the world. We worked a lot during this match as much as he did, and just because things didn’t go well he couldn’t devalue our work,” he said while talking to Esporte Interativo television channel.

“It was unfortunate, but it must have been hot-headed because he is not someone we see in controversy. Now that he is more cold headed, I hope he will reflect and realise that the things he complained were nothing,” Gabriel mentioned.

“It was very important for us to win the competition in Brazil and keep the tradition of being victorious every time the Copa America is hosted by us,” the footballer said about Brazil’ s competition-winning campaign in Copa America.