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Lionel Messi reveals the real reason for his new look this season after a summer of heartbreak

But even the world’s best had to do some soul searching this summer – which explains why he decided to overhaul his appearance.

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And there was a valid reason for his sudden change of appearance which he revealed at a promotional event this week.

After Argentina crashed out of Copa America following their final defeat against Chile, Messi wanted “to start from zero.”

He said: “Behind the change in look there is a little bit of everything.

“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.”

Argentina’s defeat led to Messi retiring from the national side before returning months later.

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It was a hammer blow for the South American side who also suffered heartbreak when they lost the 2014 World Cup final.

Messi’s new-look certainly hasn’t impacted his form this campaign.

The 29-year-old has already scored an incredible 20 goals this season for both club and country including nine in just Champions League starts.

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