Since Bolivia’s home field is located on a plateau, the visiting team players are often not used to the high altitude. Messi was photographed during the half-time break and had a great reaction. He was unwell due to altitude sickness and said to himself: "I feel like I am going to die."
Despite the physical discomfort, Messi's performance on the field was very good in this game. The Argentine media scored 9 points for him after the game and tied for the highest score of the team.