Dejected Lionel Messi received at airport by wife alone

Lionel Messi was received at Barcelona airport by his wife as he returned empty-handed from another World Cup last Sunday. Wife Antonella Roccuzzo picked him up from the airport after a four-hour flight home to Barcelona. He made his way through the airport on his own, having flown to Spain with Javier Mascherano, instead of the 18-hour flight to Buenos Aires made by their Argentina teammates. Messi snubbed reporters as he walked to meet his wife, who collected him in a Range Rover.

The 31-year-old is rumoured to be considering his international future after a fourth World Cup failure, with his side having fallen to France in the last 16 in Russia. After 128 caps and 65 goals, Messi is thought to be strongly considering retiring from Argentina duty. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner scored just once at the tournament and maintained his record of never having netted in a World Cup knockout game.

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