Barcelona’s Lionel Messi caused a storm when he dyed his hair blonde just after 2016 Copa America Centenario.
Many wondered why the game’s greatest player followed the footsteps of Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey to go blond.
Messi has now put the reason to bed saying he went blonde as part of a time of soul-searching following his nation’s Copa America failure.
“One particularly tough day I dyed my hair, I had to start again from scratch. I said to myself, ‘I have to make a clean break and start over”, he explained during an interview with cult Argentine comedy figure ‘Mingo’ on Telefe’s ‘Polemica en el bar’.
Messi also admitted that his young son Thiago might not be following in his footsteps, as he shows little interest in football.
“I try not to give Thiago balls as presents, he doesn’t like football much,” he said.
“We’ll see if he gets into it now as he’s started playing in a club.”