It’s been a summer from hell for Lionel Messi – so perhaps we shouldn’t be too surprised at a dramatic reinvention revealed on Sunday.
The Barcelona superstar – now a convicted criminal after he was found guilty in his tax trial – has had to see great rival Cristiano Ronaldo pick up an international trophy while he lost in the Copa America final.
So it’s fair to say the past couple of months have been a bit tricky.
But Messi clearly wants to emerge from these difficult times a man renewed.
At least that is what we are reading into this new haircut, revealed by his wife on Instagram…