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DC United soccer star SLAMMED over Lionel Messi interaction… but do you think he did anything wrong?


DC United’s Pedro Santos has come under fire for his interaction with Lionel Messi following their 1-0 defeat to Inter Miami on Saturday.

Miami grabbed a last-gasp win against DC at Chase Stadium, and Leonardo Campana’s superb strike in the 94th minute condemned the visitors to their fifth loss of the season.

Despite this cruel end to the game for United, Santos still made the most of the all-time great’s presence as he returned to the dressing room.

In the controversial clip on social media, the Portuguese left-back is seen asking Messi for his shirt in the tunnel after the match before taking a photo with him while holding the shirt up.

His antics divided opinion online, with some fans protesting Santos for assaulting the Argentina captain straight after the DC loss.

Santos has come under fire on social media

DC United’s Pedro Santos has come under fire for his interaction with Lionel Messi following their 1-0 defeat to Inter Miami.

Some fans hit out at Santos for asking Messi for brief moments after United's loss

Some fans hit out at Santos for asking Messi for brief moments after United’s loss

One captioned the video: “When will it end? Your team just lost…”

Another user replied: “This is embarrassing. Messi didn’t even ask about the jersey. When you see that there is a real exchange, Messi takes their shirt.’

While a third noted, «If the opposition treated him the way they should, Miami would have lost a lot more games.»

However, not all users on the platform were critical of Santos for getting Messi’s jersey. Others were quick to insist that the tradition is long-standing in soccer around the world and that the DC defender was acting like anyone else.

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«That’s Messi…» said one.

Another argued: ‘Is it shameless? Sure. But how many opportunities does a player have to play against and possibly win the jersey of the greatest player of all time? Especially mid level players. They use capital letters.

A third emphasized: «Exchanging shirts is part of football, it never ends, yes the team lost, but to meet Messi and exchange shirts with the greatest player in football history is a greater honor».

But other users on X stood up for the Portuguese defender and insisted his actions were fine

But other users on X stood up for the Portuguese defender and insisted his actions were fine

Leonardo Campana's strike in the 94th minute condemned DC to its fifth defeat of the season

Leonardo Campana’s strike in the 94th minute condemned DC to its fifth defeat of the season

«Are they only supposed to trade when they have a tie?» asked another.

While one said to the original question: ‘It will end when Messi retires.’

Messi, who was named in Argentina’s squad ahead of the Copa America on Monday, has scored 12 goals in 13 games for Miami this term.

Tata Martino’s men are currently top of the Eastern Conference with 31 points and DC are ninth on 17.



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