The normally level-headed Barcelona forward reacted angrily during his nation’s defeat by Croatia on Thursday
The Barcelona forward – widely considered to be the best player on the planet – looked stressed from the off as the Argentina team lined up for their national anthem ahead of the group game.
Messi failed to make any impact on the match as Croatia dominated the two-time winners of the competition.
Fans took to social media to comment on Messi throughout the match; first to point out how stress he looked with the weight of a nation’s expectations on his shoulders, and then to try and find a reason as to why he appeared so lost on the pitch.
Viewers then noticed an exchange between Messi and Ivan Strinic, and many were stunned by the way in which the Argentine reacted.
Messi is known for being a calm and collected character who never play acts, dives or looks for trouble, but rather gets on with his game.