“¡OƄtén respeto!”

“¡OƄtén respeto!”

“Get respect!” – Lionel Messi responds to the ‘bottle feeder’ gesture made by Manuel Ugarte towards Rodrigo De Paul.


In response to Manuel Ugarte’s offensive gesture towards Rodrigo De Paul, Lionel Messi told some Uruguayan players to “learn respect.”

The neighbouring South American countries engaged in a fierce 2026 World Cup qualifying match on Thursday night at Boca Juniors’ La Bombonera stadium. In that match, Argentina lost badly—2-0—becoming the Albiceleste’s first losing team since winning the world championship in Qatar 2022.

Ronald Araujo and Darwin Nunez scored goals for the visiting team during the game, which featured multiple flashpoints. In one particular first-half skirmish, Ugarte and De Paul collided. With a disgusting gesture added, the Uruguayan midfielder accused World Cup winner De Paul of being Messi’s “bottle feeder,” which resulted in players from both teams getting into an ugly fight.

When questioned about the incident later, Messi told reporters, “It’s normal.” It is always the same in these types of matches, qualifiers against Uruguay. I would rather not express my opinions. Elders must teach respect to the younger generation. This classic was always fierce, hard, and respectfully delivered. They must acquire some knowledge.

Messi continued, “We never felt comfortable,” regarding the actual match, in which Argentina trailed late in the first half before giving up a second goal in the 87th minute. They are a physically strong squad that plays well together, and they posed a serious threat on the counterattack. It was our turn to lose today. This is an exam. In Brazil, we need to get back up and play an amazing game.

Argentina’s next matchup is with bitter rivals Brazil on Tuesday. They have a two-point lead over Uruguay going into that match, and they will still be atop the CONMEBOL qualification standings, with Brazil in fifth place and an inconsistent record.




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