Argentina faced Mexico in an international friendly on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning in America, and the state of the pitch caused plenty of concern.
The match was played in the AT&T stadium in Dallas, Texas, but rather than have the world class array of talent perform on a perfect surface, the teams were forced to play on temporary grass.
That gave rise to a shocking scene in the first half, as Lionel Messi tore up a huge chunk of the pitch in a quick turn.
The poor surface could have lead to Messi breaking his ankle.
See the footage below, together with tweets on the terrible state of the Dallas pitch.
GIF: A cutting Lionel Messi tears up a strip of grass, laying it over turf not working pic.twitter.com/MrZIKWCBmZ
— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) September 9, 2015
If all 5 foot 7 inches of Leo Messi puts a dent in your turf… maybe it's time for new turf. pic.twitter.com/yMGYZg9jh5
— BuzzFeed Sports (@BuzzFeedSports) September 9, 2015
@GrantWahl that’s a disgrace. FYI- Dallas in Gold Cup 2013 worst artificial surface I’ve ever played on…tore ACL next match.
— Stuart Holden (@stuholden) September 9, 2015