Bomb scare: Lionel Messi’s private jet delayed from leaving airport after Copa America heroics

July 14th, 2021 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Lionel Messi’s private jet was delayed due to a bomb scare at Argentina’s Rosario aiport

The 34-year-old was due to jet off to Spain for his summer holidays on Tuesday following his Copa America heroics.

But, according to The Sun, just hours before he was meant to leave his homeland, a man claimed to have a bomb in his suitcase.

Security immediately implemented their emergency protocols, evacuating the airport and suspending all flights.

The matter was resolved in under an hour, although the incident caused a serious 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.”

Messi – who picked up his first international trophy last weekend – had hoped to spend a few weeks abroad with his family.

But the six-time Ballon d’Or winner has reportedly shelved those plans for ‘security reasons’.

Messi is currently a free agent following the expiration of his jaw-dropping £480,000-a-week contract with Spanish giants Barcelona.

Barca allowed their talisman’s deal to expire in order to renegotiate his staggering wages.

The Spanish club is in dire financial straits due to excessive spending over the years and the coronavirus pandemic.

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