The Argentine captain shouts ‘bailá ahora’ at the Everton center, after seeing his spot kick saved by Emiliano Martinez.
Lionel Messi was caught teasing Colombian center-back Yerry Mina after his penalty shootout in the Copa America on Tuesday night.
The Everton center, who played with Messi during his time in Barcelona, saw his penalty saved by Emiliano Martinez, while Argentina would win the heat to set up a mouth-watering clash with Brazil in the final.
And Messi was caught on camera shouting ‘bailá ahora’, which translates into English as ‘now dancing’, at Mina immediately after he missed his punch.
Why did Messi defy Mina?
Messi did not speak publicly about the incident, although the suggestion is that he would respond to Mina’s celebration after succeeding in the Colombian penalty shootout victory over Uruguay in the quarterfinals of the competition.
The Everton defender won Colombia’s third shot of the shootout – which Reinaldo Rueda’s team continued – 4-2 during the last eight draws – sucking his thumb and then dancing on the spot in celebration.
Mina, however, was not so lucky in the semi-finals, but Martinez dived to his left to hold out the penalty kick, which put Colombia ahead to a 2-1 lead.
And it sparked scenes of joy from the Argentina camp, with Messi in particular rejoicing over his former Barcelona team-mate’s failure to switch from 12 yards out.
The Argentine captain Messi is seen jumping for joy and then ‘bailá ahora’ in the direction of Mina, which translates to ‘dance now’ in English.
Messi calls Martinez
Messi was one of Argentina’s successful scorers on the night against Colombia, with Leandro Paredes and Lautaro Martinez also taking away their penalties to secure a 3-2 victory after the game was 1-1 after extra time.
However, Aston Villa goalkeeper Martinez was the hero as he saved three of Colombia’s hits, from Mina, Davinson Sanchez and Edwin Cardona.
And the 34-year-old Barca legend Messi was full of praise for his international team-mate and told reporters after the match: ‘We have Emi, which is a phenomenon.
“We trusted him. We achieved the goal of being able to play all the matches and now we are going to the final.”