Lionel Messi explains decision to dye hair blond this summer

  • Lionel Messi showed off a new blond hairstyle at the end of July
  • He has now revealed his reasons behind the dramatic change in style
  • Barcelona star says he wanted a fresh start after months of controversy
  • Messi was found guilty of tax evasion and quit the Argentina national side

Ben Nagle for MailOnline

Lionel Messi has finally shed some light on his decision to go blond this summer, admitting he needed a fresh start after a tough few months.

The Barcelona star has been embroiled in controversy with a tax evasion case and his premature retirement from the Argentina national side, and July saw the 29-year-old ditch his usual dark hair colour.

Speaking to a television channel back in Argentina following his return to the national fold this week, Messi said: ‘I made a…

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