Lionel Messi's private plane forced to make emergency landing at Brussels airport

Lionel Messi's private plane forced to make emergency landing at Brussels airport

- Lionel Messi's private plane was forced to land at an airport in the Belgian capital of Brussels

- Reports claim the aircraft took off from Tenerife, Spain in the morning when it had an emergency landing

- Messi bought the aircraft back in 2018 for £11.5m and has his No.10 at its tail as well as the names of his family on the stairs

Lionel Messi's private plane developed a problem in mid-air and had to make an emergency landing at the Zavantem airport in Brussels.

According to Belgian news media outlet HLN, the aircraft landed around 9.10am on Friday, April 3, from Tenerife in Spain.

An hour and half later, it is understood took off again before making its way back to Brussels.

Officials at the Brussels airport has refused to comment on the incident due to GDPR legislation.

Messi acquired his private plane Gulfstream V two years ago for £11.5million and the tail of the aircraft has his famous No.10 written on it.

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The names of his wife and three children were also written on the entrance of stairs on the plane.

Messi has continued from where he stopped last season scoring 19 goals, providing 12 assists in 22 La Liga matches before fixtures were put to a stop due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Mohamed Salah could miss three months for Liverpool if he chooses to play at AFCON 2021 and the Tokyo Olympic games, according to Egyptian legend Mido.

The likely change of the Premier League calendar will clash with competitions that have African players involved in them because of the outbreak of COVID-19.

The Cup of Nations will be staged in Cameroon next year between January and February while the Olympic games have been shifted to July and Agust of 2021.

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And Mido has stated that Liverpool will can not stop his compatriot from representing his homeland. also reported that Pape Diouf, former Marseille president has passed on due to complications from Coronavirus.

The 68-year-old has been under watch in his native home in Senegal after showing various symptoms of COVID-19.

He eventually died when his family were about to take him from Dakar to France for further treatment.

Ligue 1 side Marseille made a statement on their official Twitter handle on the passing away of Diouf: "Olympique de Marseille learned with great sadness of the death of Pape Diouf," the statement read.

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