Barcelona: Koeman hopes Messi stays for 'many more years'
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Lionel Messi cancelled his summer holiday plans after being caught up in a bomb scare at Rosario airport this week. The 34-year-old recently helped Argentina to their first Copa America title since 1993 and was due to jet off for a break with his family ahead of the new footballing season.
But Messi has now decided against traveling abroad after a man who claimed to have a bomb in his suitcase.
Flights were grounded and an evacuation of the airport took place as the footballing icon prepared to board his private jet.
The matter was resolved in an under an hour, though the disruption caused led to a backlog of flights.
An airport statement read: “At 11:50 am, the airport security police (PSA) activated the preventive emergency plan due to a situation of suspicion. The building was evacuated as a precaution.”
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Messi will now spend the next few weeks in his home country as he gears up for another season competing at the top level.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner became a free agent at the end of June after his deal with Barcelona expired, though looks set to continue his legacy at the club.
Messi is expected to sign a new five-year contract with Barcelona in the coming days, having agreed a 50 per cent pay-cut to remain at Camp Nou.
The La Liga giants are in a desperate financial situation and are looking to cut the salaries of a number of stars as well as offloading unwanted players such as Philippe Coutinho.
Messi will be in high spirits ahead of the new campaign, having secured his first major honour at international level.
He helped Argentina defeat Brazil 1-0 last weekend and was visibly emotional at the full-time whistle after securing this title.
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Describing his feelings after guiding his country to Copa America glory, Messi said:
“It’s crazy, the happiness I feel is inexplicable.
“I had to leave sad but I knew that at some point it was going to happen.
“I had a lot of confidence in this group that became very strong since the last Copa América. It is a group of very good people, who always push forward, who never complain about anything.
“I thought of my family when the game ended. Many times we had to suffer, go on vacation and spend the first days feeling sad. This time it is different.
“We are still not aware that we were champions, of what we achieved. But I think it will be a game that will go down in history, not only because we were champions of America but also because we beat Brazil in his country.”
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