Barca's captain had to implement several changes in his daily routine to continue dominating the world even past his 30s.
One of the hardest challenges for Leo Messi was to improve his diet. He hired a nutritionist back in 2014 who helped the Argentine make much-needed changes.
- Give up on pizza, chocolate and regular meat.
- Switch to five key foods: water, olive oil, whole grains, fresh fruit and fresh vegetables.
- Add nuts and seeds to that while cutting down sugar.
The 32-year-old has a more or less set daily routine which revolves around his Barca and family commitments.
- Wake up - take the kids to school - go to training - rest - second training session - pick the kids up from school - lunch - sleep.
- If there is only one training session, Messi likes going home and having a nap before picking the kids up.
- Leo revealed in an earlier interview that he prefers to fall asleep with the TV on as the noise relaxes him.
Of course, the forward does a lot of individual work as well. As Pinata reported earlier, the footballer focuses mainly on making sure his body is up to speed.
- Messi practises the pillar bridge-front, lunges, hamstring stretches, and pillar skips.
Now, let's compare his daily routine with his counterpart Cristiano Ronaldo.
Cristiano prefers to eat 6 times a day - fish and chicken are his preferred pick.
- Breakfast - ham and cheese with low-fat yogurt.
- Snack - avocado toast.
- Lunch number one - chicken and salad.
- Lunch number two - fish with salad, eggs and olives.
- Dinner - meat or fish.
Ronaldo likes to sleep 8 hours a night, throwing in several naps a day (up to five). He mixes it up with hard work in training, gym, swimming and pilates.