Lionel Messi poses with wife and kids on holiday as he puts Argentina misery behind him
Despite winning La Liga and the Copa del Rey with Barcelona it was ultimatley a season of what could have been for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
First Barca were dumped out of the Champions League in a shock 4-3 reverse to eventual winners Liverpool, before Argentine’s bid for Copa America glory was ended by Brazil in the semi-finals.
Lionel Messi was furious after that game, launching an attack on the referee and authorities after Brazil’s win.
But the Argentine was all smiles this week when posing for a few snaps on holiday.
Messi uploaded three pics of himself, wife Antonella Roccuzzo and their three sons Thiago, Mateo and Ciro chilling in a tropical palm-tree laden paradise.
In one, Leo and Antonella pose on what looks to be a deserted beach.
And in the others the Messi family are all pictured together, one on the shore and another in a soft-top four-wheeler further up the beach.
Antoine Griezmann was slapped around the head by his new Barca team-mates as he joined them for the first time yesterday.
Real Betis travel to the Nou Camp the following week in what could be the first time Messi and Griezmann line-up together in front of the club’s home fans.
The France star admits he can’t wait to play alongside the Barcelona legend.
“The thing that makes me happiest is playing with a partner like him,” Griezmann said.
“Messi will be a legend for my son and my son’s children. He’s like LeBron James for basketball.”
He added: “I want to be an important player at this great club and try to win La Liga, the Champions League and Copa del Rey, which is what I’m missing on my list.
“I wanted a new challenge, to try to improve myself, not be comfortable. I look for my place in a great club and try to win the three titles.”