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Lionel Messi Barcelona forward reveals he kept his beards because of heartbreak

Lionel Messi says he started to keep his beard because of the Copa America heartbreak he suffered with Argentina.

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Lionel Messi play Lionel Messi says he kept his beard and blond hair because of Copa America heartbreak (Insatgram/Antonella )

Lionel Messi shocked the world when he started spotting his full beard and peroxide blond hair.

Messi has now revealed that he did that because of the heartbreak he suffered in losing the 2016 Copa America final to Chile.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi applauds fans as he celebrates after the game Action Images via Reuters / Lee Smith Livepic play Lionel Messi shocked fans with his blonde hair and full beard


That was Messi’s second loss consecutive loss to Argentina in the final of Copa America.

The 29-year-old missed a spot-kick in the penalty shoot-out of the final and was utterly devastated that he announced his retirement from the Argentina national team afterwards.

The heartbreak also led the forward to start keeping his beard and dye his hair to peroxide blond hair.

Lionel Messi play Lionel Messi said not winning Copa America broke his heart (AFP/Getty Images )

Behind the change in look there is a little bit of everything,” Messi said.

The craziness of the moment, to change a little, to start from zero, a new season, a new start after the Copa America when we once lost again on penalties.

Messi has recovered from the heartbreak and returned to the Argentina national team.

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