Lionel Messi has hit out at people he claims are spreading "lies" about every aspect of his life, after it was claimed he made a gesture towards Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino after being substituted.
Spanish newspaper AS ran a story with a video supposedly showing Messi making a gesture towards Martino when heading to the bench after being replaced by Sergi Robero in the 80th minute.
Barcelona were already 4-1 up in the Premiera Division clash with Real Sociedad at Camp Nou on Tuesday night, but Messi admitted to being unhappy at not being able to play the full match.
However, he completely denied he made the gesture and then retorted with a claim that certain media outlets were determined to spread mistruths about him at every turn.
"Nobody likes to be replaced, but we must accept it because it is the best for our team,' he wrote," he said on his official Facebook page.
"What I will not accept is that certain media tell lies about any situation that happens around me."
Martino also acknowledged his star man was not exactly pleased to be taken off, but insisted it was necessary for him to protect the Catalan club's most important player.
"Messi never wants to be subbed off, but it's my task to take care of him. We need him at end of season as well as now," he told reporters after the game.
Messi had earlier made it 2-0 to Barcelona inside the first ten minutes after new boy Neymar had opened the scoring on five minutes.
It was the first time both players had scored in the same match and it was Neymar's first La Liga goal since his £50million move from Santos this summer.