The 1986 World Cup victor described himself as "furious and upset" and lashed out at the Argentina Football Association President Claudio Tapia as the "guilty party" after Thursday's result. And then seeing the emotion that goes with it.
And his 31st birthday on Sunday only served to highlight how time is running out for Messi to win a major worldwide tournament.
"I have won all the most important tournaments but I am ambitious to the end".
Argentina now need to win their final game and hope Nigeria beat Iceland in order to have a chance to get out of the group stage.
ESPN's team of reporters in Russian Federation have messages for birthday boy Lionel Messi as he faces elimination.
Croatia are the team that France want to avoid at all costs in the Round of 16 at the World Cup in Russian Federation, although that means playing instead against Lionel Messi's Argentina.
For all his heroics with Barcelona at club level, Messi is still often compared unfavourably in his homeland for his inability to recreate Maradona's success for the national team. Notably, this will be the last World Cup in which the Argentinian great will play.
"Leo is fine", he told a news conference.
Portugal are in a good shape to reach the knockout stages after Ronaldo's four goals gave them a draw and an win in their opening two games and Petit said that if Argentina are to join them, Messi needs to "wake up".
"He's human and he has his own frustrations but he's desperate to turn the situation around".
According to a report in Reuters, Lionel Messi's structure will also be showcased in Bronnitsy, a city located about 50 kilometres from Moscow that is Argentina's base during the month-long Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018 tournament.
The star, along with his team-mates, came under heavy criticism following a shock 3-0 defeat to Croatia in the second game of the group.
He said he would bring along other Argentina greats of the past for the motivational talk. "But sometimes you have to cling to something".
The 90 minutes of one-sided action revealed the result as 3-0 with fans at the venue witnessing a complete mockery of Argentine defence.