Lionel Messi has finally revealed why he dramatically switched his look and bleached his hair this summer.
The Barcelona star was first spotted with his new hair do in late July, turning heads with a platinum blonde look after his partner Antonella Roccuzzo posted an Instagram picture of the transformed star.
The 29-year-old Barcelona forward scored the winner for Argentina against Uruguay on his return to international football, after announcing his retirement straight after this summer’s Copa America defeat to Chile.
And after the game he broke his silence on the reason for dying his hair blonde, after heart-breaking Copa America defeat against Chile.
“I made a change to start from zero,” he said.
“I was emerging from a lot of controversies, of things that had happened to me and I said to myself: ‘You’ve got to break this and start again.’”
Referring to his short-lived retirement, Messi added:
“It was just what I felt in that moment.
“Everything was falling around me.
“I had felt like that was going to be our time, because of the way the team was playing and how we got to the final.
“It was a huge disappointment.”