A Typical Day for Messi
Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of the world’s best football player would be like? Well, now you don’t have to imagine! We are going to take you through the daily life of Lionel Messi, one of the most famous football players on the entire planet. You might be surprised that, despite his incredible fame and reputation, Lionel Messi is just like anybody else – a human being with feelings, a family, and emotions. Well, that and he’s also incredibly wealthy and living the dream life.
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A Brand New Day
The star of Barcelona has often said that he starts his days quite early, and he takes every opportunity he can to have breakfast with his wife and his children, Thiago, Mateo, and Ciro. After they have all eaten breakfast together, it’s time for them to separate, as Antonella, Messi’s wife, takes their children to school. Meanwhile, Lionel gets ready to go to his training with Barcelona. As you’ll soon find out, family is extremely important to this football player.
Training With the Team
As you may have already guessed, for world-famous football superstars, practice and training take a lot more than just one hour. On average, a professional football team will practice for 4 to 6 hours a day, 5 days a week. Players can generally be found on the club grounds, where they perform some separate attack and defense movements, jogging, and depending on the day, practice some punctual teaching or standing ball. For Messi, training is an extremely important part of the day.
Different Each Day
After he is finished with his training for the day, Lionel Messi chooses to do one of two things. If he is not playing in a game that day, he will eat, try to take a nap, have some friends over for a small get-together, and go out in the afternoon. The football star says that he tries to keep busy throughout the day so that his kids don’t get bored. If you have kids, then you probably know that boredom leads to mischief.
Kids Are a Priority
Messi has stated a couple of times that his children are a top priority for him. As an international football superstar, the Barcelona player works on an extremely busy schedule, and now that his children are growing up, they are often at school when he gets home from training and practice. That’s why he tries to spend as much time as possible with them. As you can see from this photo, he clearly enjoys every moment he gets with his kids.
A House In Castelldefels
As you can see, Lionel Messi’s house is more of a mansion than it is a house. It features a swimming pool, several stories and wings, and even a tennis court, because even a superstar athlete enjoys some leisurely sports. We imagine that Messi and his family are more than comfortable in their home, and with that sunny weather, we’re sure that they spend plenty of time in their pools. Who wouldn’t love a house like this one?
You’re Not “Dad”, You’re “Leo Messi”
Being Lionel Messi comes with certain perks and benefits, but it also comes with some interesting quirks that are not possible with any other family. Messi himself has revealed one such quirk that he has with his family: “When we’re at home, Thiago sees me and says ‘Leo Messi’, and not ‘Dad’, because that’s what he hears from his friends.” That’s definitely something that not all families experience, and it’s probably quite odd for the famous football player.
On those days where Barcelona has to fulfill one of their many commitments to the League, the players meet at the Camp Nou. From there, they wait for their early morning training sessions and go about their schedule until the game starts. When the team is playing an away match, they meet at the same stadium and enter the field together as one club. We wonder if Messi still gets any pre-game nerves like most players do early on in their career.
Fans! Fans Everywhere!
As you have likely already guessed, Messi gets stopped in the street constantly by fans who want to take a picture with him. There are always people around the world who don’t want to miss what might be their only opportunity to get a photograph with someone as famous as Messi. Whether he’s on the street after getting off the club bus or in the airport during the Champions League, Messi is always snapping pictures with fans.
The Kids Aren’t Into Football That Much
This might come as a bit of a shock, but Lionel Messi’s children are not big football fans. Lionel has said that his children are not that similar to him and that they don’t ask to play football that often. Unless there is something major or very specific happening in his football club or with the National Team, the family does not talk about football very often. It’s probably nice to come home and not have to talk about his job all the time.
Just a Regular Person
When you look at Messi on a football field and see the incredible tricks, stunts, and performances that he exhibits, you might think that he lives a life of eccentricities and glamour 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, but that’s not the case at all. The Barcelona superstar has said that, when he has some free time, he enjoys spending it with his children and surprising them with outings. “I use some of my time to watch television,” he added.
A Fan of Other Sports
While football is the favorite sport of this gifted player, Lionel has also revealed that he takes an interest in a number of other sports, as well, including golf and basketball. He has also stated that he would like to learn how to play golf, a sport that is much less physically demanding than football, but it does have some mental taxations. In this photo, you can see him representing a basketball team that he’s a fan of.
A Lover of Social Media
Like most people these days, Messi has incorporated social media and the Internet into his daily life, and he has given up on ever being able to live without a smartphone. Who can blame him? We all use our phones every day, and most of us couldn’t live without them. According to the football star himself, Messi mostly uses Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook, plenty of Internet, and surprisingly, the camera app. That list probably looks similar to what most of us use every day.
Four Things You Can’t Live Without
During an interview that Messi had with Mexican media, he stated that there are four things in his life that he simply could not live without: his children, his family, a nap, and being connected with the people that he talks to every day using text messages. Once again, it’s clear to see that family is extremely important to the Barcelona player, and even with his busy schedule, he makes time for his wife and children.
Children Mean Everything
Lionel has said before that, when he is not thinking about football, practicing, or playing professional matches, his day-to-day life is very much based on his children. He says that, although he knows it is a challenge, he tries to live a “very normal life” with his family. That’s definitely easier said than done, since he is one of the most famous people in the world – his family is bound to get sucked into the craziness that is fame.
No More Naps
What does Messi miss the most about not being a father? Being able to take naps. “With the children, it became impossible to take naps, unless I sleep with them, and the truth is that I miss them. The only day that I nap is when we are concentrated.” Losing out on sleep is a universal parenting experience – children demand all of your time, and you can’t help but start to miss getting those few extra minutes of sleep.
Sleep When You Can
On the topic of sleep, we have to mention that Messi sleeps whenever he can. The Barcelona champion has no problem sleeping, and he’s even said that he can sleep for 11 hours straight and still take a nap without any problems. His roommates have also vouched for this. Going from being able to sleep for almost 12 hours at a time to not even being able to take naps must have been quite the adjustment for Lionel.
That Place You Love
Lionel Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo decided to have their wedding in Rosario, because it is the same place that their love started when they were children. It’s a place that they both love, and they wanted to make sure that when they were committing themselves to each other for the rest of their lives, they were doing it in a place where their love was already strong. Apparently, the superstar footballer has quite a sensitive side to him!
Even though Messi is an extremely public figure, at the most important time of his and Antonella’s lives, nothing was leaked other than the photos that the couple wanted the world to see. Of course, the wedding guests also shared their own photos on their social media, but there were no other leaks. This perfectly represents how well-prepared the ceremony was and how low-profile the couple is.
Music Is Important
Messi has stated that he quite enjoys playing the guitar, and that “it relaxes [him] and helps [him] get so much trouble out of [his] head.” It’s true, music is, in fact, a natural relaxer and can help soothe away any troubles and anxieties you may be feeling. The guitar is one of the best instruments for this, since, when you’re playing, it’s just you and the instrument – no electronics, just pure acoustic harmony. Messi is clearly a man of many talents!
Where Would You Be Without Football?
This is a question that many interviewers have presented to the famous football player, and his answers are usually quite similar. “I don’t have an answer to that,” he states, “As I have always been a fan of football, and, since I was very little, I’ve always been thinking about it. I signed with Barcelona when I was 13.” It’s a very difficult question for a pro footballer to answer, but Messi is quite clear and informative. It seems like football was his destiny.
Not the Best Student
As is the case with many sportsmen, Lionel was not the best example of a good student. At the Las Heras school in Rosario, Lionel had a friend who helped him get good grades, and her name was Cintia Arellano. She would write answers for him so that he could pass the exams that they would take, and he would sit in front or behind her so that he could copy down her answers for the tests. Who can blame him? Nobody likes taking tests anyway!
Messi Perfected His Header for Alfajores
Lionel’s technique when it comes to dribbling is immaculate, and while it was something that came naturally to him, he worked hard to perfect it as much as possible. When he was training in the lower ranks of the Argentinian Newell’s club, Carlos Marconi, the coach of the club, would reward Messi with alfajores if he scored goals with headers. Because of this, Messi worked hard to perfect his headers so that he could get as many alfajores as possible.
The exposure that any professional footballer faces is extreme, but when it comes to someone as talented and elite as Lionel Messi, everything is elevated. When Messi is faced with overly critical questions, this is how the football superstar responds: “I do not care about criticism. We know what we are being exposed to today.” Even with this mindset, Messi has said that his personal life is sometimes affected by the extreme criticism that he faces.
Messi Changed His Position in Barcelona
Messi and the club that he plays for both understand that the passing of time and aging do not come without its consequences. Messi has stated that he feels more physical exhaustion than he did when he was younger. Because of this, he made the decision to change his position at Barcelona and also to be withdrawn from the game for a few minutes so that he can rest before the most important parts of the match.