Nicolas Burdisso reveals he had “a physical confrontation in the locker room” with Lionel Messi while playing for Argentina.
The 37-year-old defender spent most of his career in Italy with Inter, Roma, Genoa and Torino, but is currently a free agent.
His international duty came to a rather abrupt end after the 2011 edition of the Copa America.
“We had a physical confrontation in the locker room,” Burdisso told Telefe in Argentina.
“I don’t think I was the only one who ever shouted at him, but things can happen in a locker room. Admittedly, that time we went over the line.
“We’d already argued on the pitch, as he wanted the ball and I tried to pass it to him, but couldn’t. He got angry about the game, I was angry at the situation.
“We walked into the locker room and when I saw that he was coming over, I waited for him. They had to physically separate us.
“These things happen in football. Lionel does have a strong personality and so do I. It all ended fine.”
Burdisso has 49 senior caps for Argentina, but none after November 2011.