Scandalous photographs published in the Argentine magazines MUY and Pronto of FC Barcelona striker Lionel Messi cuddling up to an apparent stripper have unleashed a firestorm.
But Messi is claiming the photos are fake and a sports photographer is backing him up.
The soccer player was photographed with a woman — who is not his fiancee — in a compromising position during a party he attended in Las Vegas, Nev., known, for good reason, as Sin City.
Miguel Morenatti, a regular photographer to the sports journal AS, is working on proving that the images are fake and that they have been altered using photos of the football player in which he appeared with his son Thiago.
In one of them we see Lionel Messi, supposedly, dancing with the woman, but upon closer examination and comparison to older photos, the image could be doctored from an older photo in which he is really carrying his baby in his arms. Another snapshot is alleged to be taken from the cover of Hello! in which the player is really looking at his child, not the cleavage of a stripper.
Fake or not, the images may just be the trigger to another crisis between Messi and his fiancee. Perhaps it is the beginning of a stormy chapter in the love life of another King of Argentine football, according the newspaper Clarin.
Lionel Messi’s relationship in jeopardy over ‘stripper’ photos
Many celebrity couples end up divorced after public fiascoes added to the stress of their marriage.
La Pulga’s relationship, like all the rest, is in trouble. Rumors say that before the appearance of the scandalous photos, Messi and fiancee Antonella Roccuzzo, the mother of his son, may have already put an end to their relationship.
The soccer player called into question the authenticity of the images, but the magazine ensures that they are entirely real. They reported that it was only after Lionel Messi was aware of the presence of a photographer that he stopped his partying behavior.
As reported by MUY magazine, Messi was accompanied by a blonde woman who is believed to be a stripper at the club. He enjoyed an erotic dance and directed a sultry gaze toward his provocative companion’s cleavage.
The party took place in the beginning of July, in the midst of the player’s vacation and at which point Roccuzzo and their son Thiago, just 8 months old, were enjoying the beaches of Ibiza.
Meanwhile, 26-year-old Messi had embarked on a philanthropic solidarity tour around the world. He traveled to the U.S. and then met up with retired Brazilian soccer player Ronaldo who invited him to his birthday at the Wynn Las Vegas & Encore Resort.
According to the Argentine press, Messi interrupted his charity tour for the party where the provocative photos were taken.
While this is not the first time this couple has gone through a crisis, this could be the definitive end of the relationship between Messi and Roccuzzo.
Is it possible that there is a curse in the relationships of the world’s top soccer players like Maradona and Messi? Perhaps they share more than talent and stature, after all.