Lionel Messi behaved outrageously towards the officials against Chile


Lionel Messi was Argentina's hero as his goal against Chile kept their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup alive.

The Barcelona superstar stepped up to take a penalty against Claudio Bravo, and there was only going to be one winner in that face-off.

However, as you might expect of a player of Messi's standard, we seem to see another side to him when he plays for his country.

Argentina have endured a frustrating period over the last few years, losing both the World Cup and Copa America finals in 2014 and 2016 respectively.

Messi even briefly retired from international football last year, such was his frustration.

Too often, the 29-year-old has to shoulder the responsibility, and it just doesn't look like he enjoys playing the game as much as he does for Barca.

It's not going to help that he could now find himself in hot water with FIFA for his behaviour towards the match officials against Chile.

Outrageous behaviour 

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner did not cast himself in the best light, and his match-winner is now likely to be overshadowed by his extremely poor conduct.

Admittedly, Messi took a bit of a kicking, which he should be used to by now. Several challenges went unpunished, though, and he showed his disgust for those decisions by channelling his inner Jamie Vardy and swearing at the linesman.

Here's the footage, which is a bit too rude to translate - but you get the idea:

He then followed that up by refusing to shake hands with one of the officials:

Alexis Sanchez had one of his frequent meltdowns as his Chile side slipped to the defeat, and that seemed to grab the headlines in the immediate aftermath of the game.

Yet, Messi's crude actions haven't gone entirely unnoticed. It's thought that the referee has included the incidents in his report, so it's now a waiting game to see what, if any, action the authorities will take.

With Argentina still far from certain to qualify for next year's World Cup, they could really do without their main man receiving a ban, but it's hard to argue he doesn't deserve one.

It's disappointing to see Messi's frustrations getting the better of him once again in an Argentina shirt.

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