Neymar takes aim at Messi and Argentina as bitter rivalry ensues for World Cup

Neymar has taken a swipe at Argentina and PSG club mate Lionel Messi following their victory in the Finalissima at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday.

Messi inspired his country to a 3-0 win over European Champions Italy, with goals from Lautaro Martinez, Angel Di Maria and Paulo Dybala separating the two sides on the night, though Messi was named man of the match after providing two assists.

It's just the second trophy that Argentina have managed to get their hands on in 29 years, and despite the game having a bit of a pre-season feel to it, the players made the most of a rare moment of triumph.

That being said, Neymar wasn't all that impressed and took a swipe at Messi and co once footage of their celebrations starting doing the rounds online.

"Have they won the World Cup?" Neymar posted sarcastically on Instagram.

Brazil's rivalry with Argentina is as old as football itself and is steeped in tension and fierce competitiveness, so it's little surprise to see the talisman of the Seleção throwing pot-shots their neighbour's way, but the fact that his teammate – and by all accounts close personal friend – Messi was at the centre of all the jubilation has raised a few eyebrows.

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Whether Neymar's comment was genuinely vitriolic or not, it's always fun to see rivalries intensify ahead of the World Cup, which officially kicks off in November.

Argentina and Aston Villa goalkeeper Emi Martinez insists Argentina will be "one of the favourites" in Qatar, despite their underwhelming performance four years ago in Russia, because they have Messi in their side.

"We always will be one of the favourites for the World Cup, because we have the best player in the world and we will all fight like lions for him."

Messi meanwhile has hinted that he will retire from international football at the end of the year, regardless of how he gets on in Qatar.

"After the World Cup, I don’t know, I’m going to have to rethink a lot of things. Surely many things will change."

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