Tue. Jun 28th, 2022

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The PSG superstar is not a fan of Brazilian match official Wilton Sampaio, but he is happy to have three more points on the road to Qatar 2022

Lionel Messi took aim at the weather and referee Wilton Sampaio after Argentina’s narrow 1-0 win over Peru in World Cup qualifying, with the Paris Saint-Germain superstar claiming that the Brazilian match official makes contentious decisions “on purpose”.

Six-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi endured an off night as he struggled to make an impact, with the 34-year-old suggesting afterwards that testing conditions and those calling the shots conspired against him.

Messi posted on Instagram: “Difficult match, difficult to play. A lot of wind, they were playing deep, leaving little space for us.

“The referee always does this when he referees us, as if he does it on purpose. But well, three important points and we’re close to our objective.”

Argentina toiled for long periods against Peru and were fortunate to leave with maximum points after seeing the hosts awarded a second-half penalty.

That may have been the decision that incurred Messi’s wrath, but he and his international team-mates were let off the hook when Yoshimar Yotun cannoned his spot-kick off the crossbar.

Argentina’s meeting with Peru represented the fifth time in which they have been officiated by Sampaio.

Messi clearly is not a fan, but the Albiceleste are unbeaten when the Brazilian is the man in the middle.

Their first outing under Sampaio also came against Peru in a World Cup qualifier back in October 2017, with that game ending 0-0.

A group-stage meeting with Paraguay at the 2019 Copa America finished 1-1, before Argentina got into the winning habit.

A further Copa America contest against Uruguay saw Guido Rodriguez net a decisive goal, while Ecuador were seen off 3-0 in the same competition.

By Nwosu Chizoba David

Nwosu Chizoba David is an entertainment and football lover, promoter, analyst and writer. He aspires to make a name in the media company. He is the CEO of Soccercruz (News site, Podcast, Radio and Television). email: zobanwosu88@gmail.com, phone number: +2348063046744.

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