A £ 12 million private jet used by Lionel Messi was forced to make an emergency landing at Brussels airport due to a fault.
The Barcelona star’s favorite plane was heading to Tenerife in the Canary Islands when it suffered from problems with its landing gear.
The aircraft came to a stop at Zaventem airport in the Belgian capital for the first time at 9:18 a.m.
Less than an hour and a half later, he left, to turn around and return to Brussels.
It took off at 10:35 am local time and headed southwest of Brussels, but just 43 minutes and 132 miles later at 11:18 am, it landed again.
Flight Aware reports show that the plane flew from San Carlos de Bariloche in Argentina to Guararapes Airport in Recife, Brazil, a flight of 5h 51m.
He then took off from Recife at 19:19 local time last night, making a 9h 6m journey to Brussels, landing this morning.
But after the short stopover in Belgium, the plane did not make the journey to Tenerife as planned.
The plane’s final flights before this were from Argentina to Port Elizabeth, South Africa and back over the weekend on March 21-22.
There is currently no information on who was on the jet.
Messi, who regularly rents the Gulfstream V jet, even personalized the plane to make it look like his own.
His famous No10 is sported on the tail and to top it off, the stages include the names of Messi and his family – his wife Antonella, as well as the children Thiago, Ciro and Mateo.
Once inside, there is enough seating for 16 people and has two bathrooms as well as its own kitchen.
Incredibly, the chairs can also be folded and turned into eight beds.