Messi had the area of his left peg usually covered in matches by a sock on full display and the result is shocking
It might well be the most valuable commodity in world sport, the left leg that has bamboozled countless defender and left fans besotted.
But that doesn’t stop Lionel Messi from ordering some extreme work from the tattooist’s needle.
Messi had the area of his magical left peg usually covered in matches by a sock on full display while on duty with Argentina and the result is shocking.
Where once there was an intricate design, he now has solid black – a sock in itself – with only his customay No 10 and two hands by the name of his son Thiago.
Solid black has covered up flowers, wings, a football and a sword.
Whatever the reasoning, Messi will be hoping it helps a bid to turn around the fortunes of Argentina in World Cup qualifying.
They are currently sixth in South American qualification group and need a top-four place to qualifying automatically, with their next task a tough one against Brazil in Belo Horizonte on Wednesday night.
Back in Barcelona, Messi awaits the ruling on his club’s appeal against a yellow card given to him for time wasting in the Catalans’ 2-1 win at Sevilla on Sunday.
Messi was booked while attempting to put his boot back on following a challenge with Steven N’Zonzi late in the match.
Boss Luis Enrique said the 29-year-old’s laces were broken.