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Messi's remarkable tattoo

Barcelona and Argentina star Leo Messi showed off his new, surprising, tattoo at Argentina training. The design covers up most of an old tatoo and leaves his leg almost all black.

Messi surprises with remarkable new tattoo

Messi surprises with new tattoo

Leo Messi had a surprise for the onlookers when he turned out for training with the Argentina national side on Tuesday. At first glance it looked like the Barcelona star was was wearing one long black football sock on his left leg, however closer inspection revealed that he was actually wearing short white socks, and the black lower leg was in fact a new tattoo.

Messi paints it black

Messi's new tat: a 10, a football, his child's hands and a lot of black

Messi, who is preparing for Argentina's World Cup qualifying match against Brazil in Belo Horizonte on Thursday, has had the new tattoo placed over an old one on the left leg. He previously sported his child Thiago's hands and his name. The Barcelona ace has now covered up Thiago's name, but kept his hands, while adding a football, Messi's number 10, and a lot of black.

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