Lionel Andrés Messi, otherwise known as Messi, is a 36-year-old world-renowned soccer player. Like Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi has a remarkable fan following, and is arguably the best player in the world, unless you’re speaking to a Ronaldo fan. Lionel Messi has many accolades to be proud of, including a record six Ballon D’or awards (he is the only player to win this award four times in a row!) and six European Golden Shoes.

Lionel Messi, unlike many other soccer players, spent the majority of his career at a single club, FC Barcelona. His legacy at Barcelona began at the age of 13 when he joined their youth academy, La Masia. Messi made his first-team debut for Barcelona at the age of 17 in 2004, marking the start of a remarkable career that saw him become integral to Barcelona’s success. Over his 17-year tenure at the club, Messi won numerous titles, including 10 La Liga titles, 7 Copa del Rey titles, and 4 UEFA Champions League titles. Moreover, within La Liga, Messi holds the record for the most goals, with 474, along with the most hat-tricks, 36. In 2021, Messi left Barcelona and joined Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) before making a move to Inter Miami CF in 2023. His impact on the field continues to be felt globally, as he breaks records and influences the game.

Lionel Messi in action on the soccer field, kicking a soccer ball.
Lionel Messi in action on the soccer field, kicking a soccer ball. Photo credit: @leomessi.

Lionel Messi’s Workout and Diet 

Unlike his former La Liga rival Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi isn’t known for his weight lifting regimen. However, according to most of his coaches, Messi’s sole focus is to increase agility and linear speed. As a result, his workout consists of a variety of plyometric-style workouts, including the pillar bridge-front, lunges, hamstring stretches, and pillar skips. After each workout, Messi focuses on rehydration and cool-down cardio for five to 10 minutes. How does Messi maintain his rigorous workouts when it comes to nutrition and fuel? Most of Messi’s dietary regimen comes from Italian nutritionist Giuliano Poser’s input. In 2014, based on the recommendation of Poser, Messi focused on the switch to five key foods: Water, olive oil, whole grains, fresh fruit and fresh vegetables.

Messi’s Top Recipe 

Messi’s best-loved recipe was shared by FC Barcelona’s website and consists of roasted chicken with root vegetables. The recipe can be found below.

  •     30g olive oil
  •     Salt
  •     Four smashed garlic gloves
  •     One onion
  •     One bunch of carrots
  •     One leek
  •     700-800g potatoes
  •     Four chicken thighs
  •     Fresh thyme

A Day in the Life of Lionel Messi

  •     6 am: Wake up 
  •     7 am:  Shower 
  •     8 am:  Breakfast with the fam – Cereal, toast, orange juice
  •     9 am:  Training  
  •     11 am: Shower
  •     12 pm: Comes back home and has lunch with the fam 
  •     1 pm: Relaxes and takes a nap 
  •     2 pm: Takes care of kids and spends time with them 
  •     3 pm: Has a snack and goes back to training
  •     4:30 pm: Rests
  •     5 pm: Trains with team 
  •     8 pm: Dinner with the fam 
  •     9 pm: Sleep 

Messi in training, kicking a soccer ball between poles.

Messi in training, kicking a soccer ball between poles. Photo credit: @leomessi.

Lionel Messi and Family Life

Messi was born on June 24, 1987, in Rosario, Argentina. Noticeably underdeveloped compared to most of the kids in his age group, Messi was diagnosed by doctors as suffering from a hormone deficiency that restricted his growth. Messi’s parents, Jorge and Ceclia, decided on a treatment of nightly growth-hormone injections for their son, though it soon proved impossible to spend several hundred dollars per month on the medication. Therefore, at the age of 13, when Messi was offered the chance to train at soccer powerhouse FC Barcelona’s youth academy, La Masia, and have his medical bills covered by the team, Messi’s family picked up and moved across the Atlantic to make a new home in Spain. Messi is known as a family man and holds high regards for his loved ones. In fact, he has said the following:

“As soon as I had my children, the priority was always my family. It is the most important thing. Obviously I love football and I live for it, but family is above all.” ~Lionel Messi 

Messi with his wife and three sons, sitting in a jeep on a beach.
Messi with his wife and three sons. Photo credit: @leomessi.

Cars and Philanthropy: Two of Messi’s Top Interests

Like other wealthy soccer players, Messi has a fondness for expensive cars. Consequently, he owns the following vehicles:

  •     Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti
  •     Pagani Zonda Tricolore
  •     Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
  •     Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale
  •     Ferrari F430 Spyder
  •     Audi R8 V10
  •     Range Rover Vogue and Range Rover Sport SVR
  •     Cadillac Escalade

Perhaps Messi’s most productive and commendable investment is the Leo Messi Foundation, established in 2007. This foundation, in partnership with UNICEF, helps children from all over the world, particularly those with health problems such as those that Messi himself endured as a young teen. Messi is UNICEF’s “Ambassador” and recently donated his own money to build classrooms for 1,600 war-orphaned children in Syria.

Messi smiling on the soccer field.
Messi smiling on the soccer field. Photo credit: @leomessi.

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