Lionel Messi ‘calls Bolivia boss baldie’ during bust-up in Argentina match
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Lionel Messi allegedly called Bolivia’s head coach “baldie” during a furious bust-up with Argentina’s South American rivals on international duty.
The Barcelona legend helped Argentina claim a 2-1 win over Bolivia on Tuesday night, with Lionel Scaloni’s side coming from behind to earn victory thanks to goals from Lautaro Martinez and Joaquin Correa.
However, the World Cup qualifier ended in ugly fashion when a brawl broke out between both teams at the full-time whistle in La Paz.
According to TyC Sports, footage from the incident shows Messi subjecting Bolivia head coach Lucas Nava to a foul-mouthed tirade during the scuffle.
He first shakes hands with the referee at the Estadio Hernando Siles before turning his attention to Nava – who is actually from Argentina.
And a lip-reading expert claims the 33-year-old says to his compatriot: “The c*** of your mother. What’s up baldie?”
Messi is then said to have added: “You were screaming the whole game. What are you doing? From the bench you are yelling at me the whole game.”
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After the fallout, Nava told Argentinian outlet Ole : “The best thing [would be] that he doesn't say anything … I honestly don't like it.
“I just tried to separate so that no one is harmed by any expulsion. The few who know me know well how I am.
“And I respect Leo like every Argentine player and like any human being on this earth.
“I have already received many insults, the best thing is that he does not come out to speak.”
Messi sent shockwaves rippling through European football by handing in a transfer request at Barca over the summer.
Following their humiliating 8-2 defeat against Bayern Munich, he informed Catalans chiefs of his desire to embark on a new challenge.
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The Spanish giants were not prepared to let him leave, nevertheless, and in the end he agreed to see out the final year of his contract before waving goodbye in 2021.
He has racked up three appearances under new boss Ronald Koeman so far this season, scoring one goal.
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