Lionel Messi has been seen lately showing off his daring new look in what many have described as an attempt to physically embody the Ballon d’Or.
The Barcelona star’s new look has left the social media hilariously agog, as he has been compared to a whole host of figures across popular cultures.
Many people have questioned what the hell Messi was thinking when he joined football ever-expanding band of bleached-hair-stars.
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With this, Messi joins the ranks of footballers before him who have taken the plunge and gone blonde, including Phil Jones, Mario Balotelli, Marouane Fellaini, David James, Aaron Ramsey, and the entire Romanian squad from the 1998 World Cup.
Also, as part of the spice up for his new look, Messi has suddenly become a very big fan of plastering tattoos all over himself.
On Monday, Messi – who was clearly in good spirits after what has been a frustrating summer – and his Barcelona team-mates were seen training at St George’s Park ahead of their friendly against Celtic this weekend.
Barcelona arrived in the UK on Monday, making the short trip from Birmingham Airport before a short training exercise.
Messi was on duty with Argentina as they came up short in the final of the Copa America, subsequently saying his international career was over.
But there was no hint of any malaise on Monday, with Messi joking with Luis Suarez. The final member of Barcelona’s deadly attacking trio, Neymar, is on Olympics duty with Brazil, meaning he will miss the next months’ preparations.
After the Celtic game on Saturday, Barcelona will then travel to Sweden to take on Leicester, before returning to England, where they will take on Liverpool at Wembley Stadium.
It is the second time that Barcelona have used the facilities at St George’s Park, having first used them during their pre-season tour of 2014.