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Messi was shown the red card after clashing with Gary Medel and afterwards alleged that the tournament had been fixed in favour of the hosts Brazil, who beat Argentina in a controversial semi-final on their way to claiming the title.

Argentina were beaten 2-0 by Brazil in Belo Horizonte overnight, with their semi-final exit ensuring the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has still never won his home continental tournament.

Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi is the world’s highest paid athlete, earning $127 million (£99.8 million) in the past 12 months, according to the Forbes top 100 ranking.