Real Madrid players feel like their La Liga title hopes are "sinking" into a black hole after they let a 2-1 lead against Celta Vigo slip through their fingers in the final eight minutes, leaving them 16 points adrift of leaders Barcelona.
Gareth Bale instantly responded by scoring twice in three minutes to put the stuttering champions in front before halftime but Celta came right back at Zinedine Zidane's side, with Iago Aspas squandering a penalty before Maxi Gomez levelled with a header in the 82nd minute.
"We had the chance to go 3-2 up [in the last minute] with Lucas [Vazquez], but this is football".
Madrid president Florentino Perez made his way down to the dressing room post-match, but Zinedine said: "He has gone to the dressing room to cheer on the team, nothing more".
"It is one of the worst situations I've experienced here", added the 29-year-old who has been with the club for over a decade.
'We lose a lot because he's our leader and our captain.
"He has shown everything he can do for us in three or four minutes". They are good players and I think what they are doing is very good and we understand the difficulty of tomorrow's game well.
If Catalonia becomes independent and Barcelona are booted out of La Liga and cannot persuade another major league (France, Italy, Germany or England) to give them a home, Messi could leave without having to pay his 700 million euro ($843 million) buyout clause, said El Mundo.
"It's hard. We played very well in the first half, but in the second we didn't get out of our half". If that changes by June or if we sit down and talk about it, we may sign players in certain positions. If we keep losing points we're not going to get there.