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Lionel Messi’s private jet grounded in Argentina amid bomb scare at Rosario airport  (photos)

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Lionel Messi’s private jet was delayed from leaving Argentina’s Rosario airport due to a bomb scare which saw all flights halted.

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The 34-year-old briefly returned to Rosario on Monday following Argentina’s Copa America triumph at the Maracana where he clinched the nation’s first major trophy since 1993.

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Messi was due to jet off for Miami, Florida to spend some time on holiday with his family, but his flight was delayed after a man claimed to have left a bomb in his suitcase.

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Security had to immediately step in before enforcing emergency protocols, evacuating the airport, and suspending all flights. Shortly after, the matter was resolved but the delayed caused a huge flight backlog which dented Messi’s plans.

 

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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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The news comes after Messi agreed to take a 50 percent pay-cut to sign a new five-year deal with the LaLiga side. The contract will see Messi stay at Camp Nou until he is 39.

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