For professional footballers, diet is one of the most important factors when it comes to staying fit – and Lionel Messi has adopted a new diet to do just that.
The Argentine sensation is undeniably one of the greatest footballers of all time. For over 15 years he captivated fans with his spellbinding skills, fast pace and supreme eye for goal.
He set Camp Nou on fire for more than a decade with his incredible performances. He netted a sensational 474 goals in 520 appearances throughout his time at Barcelona, as well as guiding the team to four Champions League trophies and ten La Liga titles.
One question that is always asked about Lionel Messi is whether he is a vegan. Fans are keen to know about his food preferences and how he used them to become successful like him.
Is Lionel Messi vegan?
The Paris Saint-Germain man prefers a healthy salad to a delicious sausage casserole during the season. However, there is no confirmation that Lionel Messi is a full-time vegan.
While some believe a vegan diet is counterproductive for an athlete, certain elements of a vegan diet have helped the striker’s career. At the start of his professional adventure, Messi treated himself to pizzas and soft drinks during his downtime.
As he got older, he began to run into problems. On one occasion, he even vomited on the pitch. He needed to change things up, and he did it with the help of esteemed nutritionist Giuliano Poser.
According to Average, the Italian professional has advised the eventual Copa America winner to make several fundamental changes. He banned the player from consuming pork, alcohol, dairy, processed foods, and even his beloved pizza. Instead, Lionel Messi had to drink water and eat vegan options such as olive oil, whole grains, fresh fruits and fresh vegetables.
This transformation put Messi back on track and finally allowed his long-running prime to continue.
However, the Argentine gave an interview in 2018, in which he confirmed that he also eats fish. So, although Lionel Messi’s new diet contains many vegan elements, it appears to be non-vegan.
Messi reconsiders his diet changes
Talk to Cornisa In 2018, Lionel Messi reflected on his journey and the philosophy by which he lives his life.
He said, “I don’t know what I ate, but I ate badly for many years. At 22, 23… [it was] chocolate, alfajores [South American filled cookies], soft drinks. Now I eat well: fish, meat, vegetables, salads. Everything is organized and neat. Sometimes a little wine, but that’s not a problem.
“I really noticed the change when it came to vomiting. They said it could be a lot of things. Eventually I changed, and it didn’t happen anymore. Best you can do for everything to forget is to be with my children, my wife, my family, the rest is secondary.
“The arrival of my first son not only made me close to football. I don’t like losing, drawing, but I take it differently. It’s more than a result. Sometimes you can’t always winning, there are surprises, you can’t always win, and once it’s over, there are other things.
“I talk about everything that happens with my family, my brothers. They are always there, and I tell them everything. At the time, [criticism] affected me and the criticism hurt me. But it’s over.
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