Argentina captain Lionel Messi has received a one-game suspension from World Cup qualifying after a controversial red card at this summer's Copa America in Brazil.
The Barcelona star was also handed a $1,500 fine for criticising the tournament's refereeing and the quality of the pitches. Argentina was eliminated 2-0 by the hosts and eventual champions in the semifinals.
In the Copa America final on July 7, Everton gave Brazil the lead, and Paolo Guerrero equalised for Peru before the hosts sealed a 3-1 win. Just three days later, both were in action for their clubs in the quarterfinals of the Brazilian Cup.
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Argentina star Lionel Messi was not included among the 2019 Copa America Best XI that was released on Tuesday, even though he led the tournament in several notable offensive categories.
Five Brazilians, two Peruvians and one player each from Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay and Chile made the cut for the all-star squad that was selected by the coaches of South American Confederation CONMEBOL.
Este es el equipo ideal de la CONMEBOL Copa América Brasil 2019, seleccionado por el Grupo de Estudio Técnico (GET) de la @CONMEBOL •⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Este é o time ideal da CONMEBOL Copa América Brasil 2019, selecionado pelo Grupo de Estudo Técnico (GET) da @CONMEBOLpic.twitter.com/nhxYSMFODe