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Referee tells Lionel Messi that he is making him 'nervous

The Spanish press have stated that Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz told the Barcelona star to stop protesting against Espanyol.

Lionel Messi’s ability to dribble with the ball and glide past defenders has had made plenty of opponents nervous in the past - but it appears that the Barcelona star is now having the same effect on referees.

The Argentine attacker was seemingly reprimanded by referee Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz in the Blaugrana’s 2-0 win over local rivals Espanyol at the weekend for protesting too much.

The official sent Barcelona left-back Jordi Alba in the clash for two bookable offences, with the four-time Ballon d’Or winner protesting the decision.

Marca have revealed that the conversation between Mateu and Messi was picked up on television cameras, with the referee’s comments deciphered.

"You're probably right Leo. However, protesting every decision I make really p***** me off. Do me a favour. You know it makes me nervous”, the Spanish newspaper claim Mateu stated.

The current La Liga leaders have their potential title success in their own hands, with the opportunity for a momentous treble for the Camp Nou side this season.

Messi has been in incredible form since the turn of the year, scoring 36 goals and providing 16 assists for the Blaugrana in La Liga alone.

Barcelona fill face Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final, while they have been drawn against Bayern Munich and former head coach Pep Guardiola in the semi-finals of the Champions League.

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