Carlos Tevez has moved to dispel rumours that he and Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi do not get along on and off the pitch.
There has been suggestions in the media [via Sky Sports] in the past year that Tevez’s shock omission from Argentina’s World Cup squad last summer in particular was down to his frosty relationship with Messi, who is now the captain of the national team.
However, the Juventus forward dismissed those claims whilst speaking to the media ahead of their Copa America opener against Paraguay on Saturday night:
“With Messi we laugh at everything that was said,” he said, via Spanish publication Marca.
“They speak more of a non-friendship than the actual friendship the two of us have,” Tevez added.
The two forwards have been in superb form this season and both played key roles in helping their clubs claim a domestic double in Italy and Spain respectively.
Messi would come out on top during last weekend’s Champions League final as Barca beat the Old Lady 3-1 to win their fourth European title in nine years and clinch a historic treble.
Speculation surrounding Tevez’s future has been rife in the media in the past week with suggestions in Italian publication Tuttomercatoweb that Premier League outfit Liverpool are interested in the former Manchester United man as they finally look to replace the goals of Luis Suarez, who left for Barcelona last summer.