He is arguably the best player in the world and his longevity has been talked about by everyone. He is still 31 and recently the Barcelona and Argentina star completed the average of scoring 40 goals for 10 consecutive calendar years.
But there was a tremendous amount of hardwork and training went in for Messi to become arguably the greatest player of all times. As a teenager, the Argentine forward was a fan of fizzy drinks and fast food but had to give up to prolong his career.
Earlier he was reluctant to give up on these bad habits had many believed that his career might not be a long one despite being a special talent. There were reports that former Barcelona manager and current Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was fed up with the Argentine habits. One Camp Nou urban legend claims that Guardiola ordered for a drinks machine to be removed because it was too close to the dressing room.
And one-time New York Red Bulls coach Hans Backe once told Swedish television that before one match in the 2008-09 season Messi interrupted a Guardiola team-talk to request permission to fetch a can of cola.
The permission was rightfully denied but he still went ahead and then drank it in-front of stunned team-mates. Former Barcelona manager Charly Rexach has admitted in interviews that Messi had: ‘eaten more pizza than he should have done’.
But the forward finally decieded that he has to give up on his bad eating habits and had to work on a nutritious diet. Nowadays, Messi has swapped his Pizzas and Colas with fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, seeds and salads seasoned just with olive oil.
Whole grain rice or pasta are also staples and Messi has cut down drastically on his consumption of meat. That is surely tough on him as he is a big meat lover just like every Argentine. He has also replaced the fizzy drinks with the traditional Sotuh American caffeine-rich infused mate tea.
Alcohol is a complete no-no for the Barcelona attacker. This season he returned to Barcelona three kilos lighter and has maintained his weight since then.