But he could not stand the thrashing until the end.
La Roja ran riot in the international friendly played at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, with Isco bagging a hat-trick. Diego Costa, Thiago and Iago Aspas also got on the scoresheet.
Messi missed the game and Friday night’s 2-0 win over Italy due to fatigue in his hamstring and adductor.
He watched the match from a hospitality box with teammate and West Ham star Manuel Lanzini and showed a range of emotions including frustration, disbelief and pure exasperation.
But soon after Isco had completed his treble in the 74th minute and the embarrassment was almost complete, Messi was seen walking back into the box.
Argentina have been drawn with Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.