Deshorn Brown pulled Lionel Messi aside for a selfie after Argentina's 1-0 win over Jamaica in the Copa America on June 21.
Deshorn Brown pulled Lionel Messi aside for a selfie on June 21.
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This may sound nothing out of the ordinary. However, Brown did so on the field after Argentina's 1-0 win over Jamaica in the Copa America on Sunday, per Mirror Online's James Whaling.
Brown, a Jamaican forward, whipped out his mobile phone after the match and then pulled Messi aside for the selfie. As of 8:34 p.m. ET on June 21, Whaling's article had 23,463 shares.
Whaling says "Messi didn't look too impressed, but wasn't about to say no."
Brown's teammate on the Jamaican side, Jobi McAnuff, tried to get him to finish the matter as soon as possible knowing his move will make headlines and go viral online. Instead, Brown took his time and smiled for the camera together with one of the world's best players, per Mirror Online.
Brown currently plays for Valerenga in the Norwegian league. He moved there after a two-year stint with Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids.
Gonzalo Higuain scored the only goal of the match to secure the victory for the Argentinans. It was Jamaica's third straight loss, all with the same score, per Whaling.
With the loss, Jamaica ends up in the cellar of Group B and is eliminated from further contention, per Mirror Online.
As for Argentina, Whaling stresses it locked up its division and moved on to the last eight teams standing.
Despite the win, Messi told ESPN FC on Sunday he wasn't all that impressed with Argentina's second-half effort against Jamaica:
"We reached the first goal, which was to advance in the first place. We played a great first half and we could've scored more, but in the second we didn't have the same intensity, everything was slower.
"In the knockout matches we can't let that happen."
Messi is determined to help Argentina win its first major tournament since the 1993 Copa America, per ESPN FC.
In a related development, Messi told BBC Sport on June 21 he regrets not being able to play against Brazilian sensation Neymar for the rest of the Copa America.
The league suspended the 23-year-old Neymar for four games and consequently, the rest of the tournament when he kicked the ball at Colombia's Pablo Armero and then seemed to head butt Jeison Murillo during Brazil's 1-0 loss on June 17, per ESPN FC.
A separate ESPN FC update says Neymar "confronted and verbally abused the referee" as he made his way to the locker room.
According to BBC Sport, the Brazilian Football Confederation "is considering an appeal against the ban."
For his part, Messi told BBC Sport on Sunday he's sorry Neymar, his FC Barcelona teammate, won't play in the tournament anymore:
"I'm sorry he's no longer in this Copa America," Messi said. "Neymar is a friend and I care about him. I'm sorry about the suspension he was given because I believe he is a very important player for Brazil."
Brazil's coach Dunga also chimed in on Neymar's suspension, per BBC Sport:
"Legal experts will respond to all the action taken against Neymar," he quipped. "We don't want anything in our favor, we don't want anything against us, we just want it to be balanced."
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