Lionel Messi and Edinson Cavani clashed during Argentina’s 2-2 draw with Uruguay on Monday.
The Barcelona legend scored a stoppage time penalty to cancel out club teammate Luis Suarez’s strike in a ‘friendly’ in Israel.
But the game’s goals were overlooked by a confrontation involving Messi and Cavani.
Argentine newspaper Ole claim Cavani offered to fight Messi, with the latter believed to have said ‘whenever you want’ in a surprise response.
Suarez is thought to have acted as the peacemaker as the argument continued in the tunnel at half-time.
The row was sparked by a poor challenge on Messi, who was clearly unhappy with Cavani’s reaction.
Uruguay captain Diego Godin put his arm around Messi, with Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira close by, in an attempt to diffuse the situation.
Sergio Aguero nodded home a Messi free-kick to equalise in the 63rd minute after Cavani had opened the scoring for Uruguay in the first-half.
Suarez restored Uruguay’s lead five minutes later, before Messi’s 70th goal for his country salvaged a draw.
Cavani played down his argument with Messi in a post-match interview.
The Paris Saint-Germain striker said: “It was a classic. There was a lot of friction, but that’s the nature of South American football.
“On both sides there are good things, we leave with a positive feeling and we try to play football.”
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