Lionel Messi allegedly labels Bolivia boss ‘baldie’ in furious bust-up

Lionel Messi is alleged to have dubbed Bolivia’s head coach “baldie” in a furious bust-up on international duty.

The Argentine helped his side to a 2-1 win over their South American rivals in the World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday.

Going behind after 25 minutes at the high-altitude ground, Lautaro Martinez and Joaquin Correa found the net to pull off a comeback.

But blood rushed to the heads of several players at the end of the match, though, as a brawl spilled out.

And TyC Sports have suggested that footage from the tussle shows Messi using some strong language.

In the clip, the full-time whistle has blown at the Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz, when a massive brawl breaks out.

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The Barcelona captain has just shook hands with the referee when he turns to Bolivia’s head coach Lucas Nava, who is actually Argentine and has praised Messi previously.

According to a lip-reading, he then says: “The c*** of your mother. What’s up baldie?”

Messi also adds: “You were screaming the whole game. What are you doing? From the bench you are yelling at me the whole game.”

The forward’s part in the win saw Argentina get their first win in Bolivia since 2005, having scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win over Ecuador last week.

It has been a tough summer for the 33-year-old, expressing his desire to leave Barcelona before making a U-turn within days.

This saw him come head-to-head with new manager Ronald Koeman over the issue – and it was the same when the club let pal Luis Suarez leave.

And the Dutchman has detailed the furious reaction he received from Messi when he heard the transfer news.

"If you have someone in the locker room with whom you and your wife and children also hang out outside football, then such a reaction makes sense," said the Dutchman.

"I also said that to Messi: 'I understand that you are disappointed and think it is a terrible shame that he is leaving, but these are choices of the club’.”

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