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Messi returns ahead of schedule, sporting golden hair (photo)

Argentina v Chile: Championship - Copa America Centenario

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JUNE 26: Lionel Messi #10 of Argentina looks on against Chile during the Copa America Centenario Championship match at MetLife Stadium on June 26, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Chile defeated Argentina 4-2 in penalty kicks. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

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Lionel Messi is back with Barcelona a week earlier than expected, as the Camp Nou set prepares to defend another La Liga title.

That means Messi will be on the roster for the International Champions Cup, as Barcelona is slated to play Celtic, Leicester City, and Liverpool.

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That’s not the only surprise from the 29-year-old, who has pulled an Aaron Ramsey and dramatically altered his ‘do.

Platinum blonde look for Leo Messi ahead of 2016/17 pre-seasonhttps://t.co/TyoS8c0Iga#FCB#Messipic.twitter.com/Ic1zJj4YBQ

— AS English (@English_AS) July 24, 2016


Glad to have him back on our screens a bit earlier than planned, and -- although I’m far from a style icon -- I’ll be just as glad when the blonde grows/washes out of his head.

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