Lionel Messi makes his feelings clear over disallowed ghost goal as Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde fumes at referee
Lionel Messi scores a lot of goals... but it doesn't make it any easier when he has a perfectly good one ruled out.The Argentine's first-half strike against Valencia comfortably crossed the line, but neither referee Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva or assistant Jose Enrique Ramos spotted it.
And the usually reserved Messi fumed as he walked to the dressing room at half-time, making his feelings to the officials perfectly clear. The 30-year-old initially didn't realise his goal had not been given as he celebrated with teammate Luis Suarez.
But he lost his temper when he realised, and gestured to the referee with his hands just how far the ball was over the line. Messi wasn't the only one who vented his ire at the officials, with Barca boss Ernesto Valverde taking aim in his post-match interview.
And he also called for VAR to be introduced in La Liga to prevent such incident happening in the future. "I think we all agree that in these plays so evident, the topic of VAR is not about re-refereeing the games, but it was clear that it had crossed and that we are still with this issues puts us on the spot," he said.
"The other day against Malaga there was a ball that went out, we scored and it benefited us.
"We were in total control in the first half and we had a goal cancelled. In the second half, Valencia decided to pressure us and move forward more. Their goal hurt us, so we moved forward to attack more.
"The cancelled goal damaged us and it was the wrong decision by the assistant referee."