What the referee appeared to say in response to Lionel Messi shouting at him

Lionel Messi & the referee

Barcelona have endured a torrid week in La Liga.

The Blaugrana have dropped seven points in their last three games, with their latest performance seeing them scrape a 1-1 draw against Athletic Bilbao at the Nou Camp.

Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets were rested and Ernesto Valverde paid the price, with Oscar De Marcos putting the visitors in front before the break.

Both Messi and Busquets were summoned by the manager in the second-half, with Messi teeing up Munir for Barca's equaliser.

The Argentine proved in 35 minutes of action why Valverde can't really afford to rest him.

Without him, the attack looks so stale, with Ousmane Dembele having a real off day - Philippe Coutinho was the only one creating anything.

It's a frustrating time for Barca right now and Messi really let his anger get the better of him after the final whistle.

He was seen shouting at the referee on the pitch, with the Argentine receiving a deserved yellow card for his actions.

And Spanish publication AS claim they know what the referee said in response to Messi's yelling.

Messi gets booked

Santiago Jaime Latre allegedly said "I do the best I can" as Messi was venting his frustration in his face.

It does make you feel sorry for the officials at times. After all, they're only human.

Messi appears to be developing a knack for challenging the officials after a game and it's a trait that he must cut out as soon as possible.

The 31-year-old is evidently frustrated and said after the game that Barca cannot be reliant on one player.

Messi and the referee clash

"We have the squad and the players to be a great team, to be a strong team and to not depend on anyone," he said.

"This is Barca. We have enough players to not depend on one. These results have been a shame, but we have to stay calm because it’s a long season."

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