Lionel Messi was engaged in an angry post-match exchange with members of the Bolivian coaching staff after Argentina claimed a rare high-altitude World Cup qualifying victory in La Paz.
Argentina came back to win a 2-1 win, which was Bolivia’s first since 2005.
Their excitement was visible as they celebrated the final whistle, but tensions also erupted over Messi’s exchanging remarks with rival captain Marcelo Martins and Bolivian fitness coach Lucas Nava, who is an Argentinian.
According to Argentine outlets that caught the angry conversation between Messi and Nava, the Barcelona star smoked “what’s your problem, bald?” while also tossing out an insult that could be translated as “motherfcker” or “son of a btch.”
Star number 10 has also been heard accusing Nava of “screaming for the entire game.”
Tensions were finally eased as Argentina retained its 100 percent start to qualifying for the World Cup, finishing off Ecuador on Friday thanks to the Messi penalty.
In La Paz, they found themselves 1-0 down after 24 minutes of opposition skipper Martins heading home from a cross, but they leveled things up thanks to the fortuitous finish of Lautaro Martinez – who scored when defenseman Jose Maria Carrasco struck him directly on a half-time stroke.
The goal was notable in that Martinez became the first non-Messi player to score for Argentina in the World Cup qualifying – except own goals – since November 2016.