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Lionel Messi mania: Internet’s most searched questions
Aug 26, 2023; Inter Miami CF forward Lionel Messi. (Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)

Lionel Messi mania: Internet’s most searched questions

MIAMI (BVM) – Lionel Messi is one of the most searched sports stars on the internet and fans often seek answers to some burning questions.

The web’s most searched queries on the Inter Miami star include, “Messi stats,” “Messi jersey” and “Messi game.” Other popular and trending searches on Messi can be identified using Google Suggest (a method often used by WIRED). Note that these are in no particular order and don’t reflect every single top search about Messi. 

Why does Messi refuse to speak English?: Messi doesn’t speak English in front of fans or the US media, so he uses a translator. But Inter Miami’s DeAndre Yedlin publicized, “Lionel Messi’s English is enough to get by. He talks to everyone… I didn’t know Messi was in the WhatsApp group chat. Leonardo Campana needed tickets for the event on Sunday and Messi popped up in the chat saying ‘How many do you need?’” 

Are Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo friends?: Ronaldo revealed, “I really admire the career he (Messi) has had so far, while Messi has said, “Cristiano stands out in football. There are many who stand out and always do their best” – according to a 2022 article by The US Sun

“I don’t know if we (Ronaldo and I) will be friends,” Messi noted in 2017. “Friendship is built through spending time together and getting to know each other. We have no relationship, mainly because we only see each other at awards ceremonies and that’s the only time we speak.”  

“Of course, we have a good relationship,” Ronaldo said in 2021. “We haven’t had dinner together yet, but I hope in the future.” 

Messi’s net worth: Messi’s net worth is estimated to be around $130 million by Forbes as of mid-2023. His MLS contract with Inter Miami alone earns him between $50-$60 million annually. 

Are Messi and Neymar friends? Messi took Neymar under his wing at Barcelona back in 2013, and the pair have held on to a strong friendship all these years later. 

“For me, he (Messi) is the best player in the world, the best that I’ve seen play,” Neymar said in a 2019 interview. “We made a magnificent duo. It was a pleasure for me, and honor to play with him. And on top of that, he’s my friend.” 

How Messi trains: Basic movements involve lunges, pillar bridge-front, hamstring stretches, pillar skips, hurdle hops and split squats to strengthen Messi’s core and leg muscles, according to Pinata Magazine (via Goal). Diagonal hurdles, cones and other obstacles are used to improve his agility. In terms of Messi’s diet, his nutritionist has noted that the five key ingredients are: water, olive oil, whole grains, fresh fruit and fresh vegetables – and that sugar is the worst thing for the muscles.

What is Messi’s shoe size? At 5-foot-7, Messi wears a U.S. size 8.5 shoe. 

Where is the Messi theme park?: In 2017, it was announced that Leo Messi Management was collaborating to build the Messi Experience Park (MEP) in Nanjing, China. It would showcase features such as flying theatres, 360-degree domes, VR experiences, animatronics and more. It was supposed to open in 2020, but little has been reported as of 2023. 

Messi’s bodyguard: Videos of Messi’s bodyguard went viral in August. His bodyguard, Yassine Chueko, is a former Navy Seal and MMA fighter who doesn’t let anyone come close to the star. 

Does Messi give to charity? Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone disorder (GHD) as a child, which resulted in expensive treatments. Now, as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and with his non-profit organization (Leo Messi Foundation), he’s able to help vulnerable children get access to healthcare, food and other needs. 

Can Messi swim?: Yes, Messi can swim, according to multiple online videos. 

Can Messi play the piano?: A supposed video of Messi playing the piano went viral. But, fans were misled. The Adidas-sponsored video involved Messi sitting down at the piano, but professional pianist Tomas Fosch was the one actually playing, ESPN reported. 

Does Messi play video games?: Messi reportedly spends up to three hours a day playing video games. It’s no surprise that his favorite game is FIFA.

Messi’s parents: Messi’s dad was a factory worker and his mom worked at a magnet manufacturing workshop. 

Messi’s wife: Messi met his wife, Antonela Roccuzzo, back when the two were about five years old. The friends reconnected years after he kickstarted his soccer career. They got married when Messi was 30 and now they have three sons together. 

Was Messi good at school? Messi signed with FC Barcelona at 13 years old, so he never went to college. Reports claim that Messi was an average student and that a teacher once said, “[Messi] was a quiet child, but he always came with a ball.” 

Messi defying physics: “Messi defying physics” is a top search on YouTube. One video called “Lionel Messi vs. Physics” has over five million views. 

Why did Messi choose Miami? Messi noted that he was weary about returning to Barcelona because of potential pay cuts for other players in order to accommodate him. So, Miami was the next best decision for him and his family. 

“If it had been a matter of money, I’d have gone to [Saudi] Arabia or elsewhere,” Messi said. “It seemed like a lot of money to me. The truth is that my final decision goes elsewhere and not because of money.”