PSG: Lionel Messi’s funny secret at the start of matches

Each player has their share of mystery and their little secrets. This is the case of Lionel Messi who has a curious habit at the beginning of each match, as revealed by Simon Kuper in a book.

In a book dedicated to the Seventh Ballon d’Or and its influence on the success of FC Barcelona, ​​the British journalist has deciphered and analyzed his personality but above all his style of play, which makes him an outstanding player. He saw a curious custom in the new PSG number 30. During the first five minutes of a game, he completely loses interest in the ball and touches it very little, if ever. As to be forgotten. The Argentine genius is only satisfied with observing and walking in the opposing defenses to detect the faults there.

It was a member of FC Barcelona who pointed out this behavior to Simon Kuper during a game against Atlético de Madrid at the Camp Nou in 2015. “Look at Messi. In the first few minutes, he is content to walk on the ground, ”he told her. “Look at each rival, where the boy is positioned and how his defense is articulated,” added the member of the Catalan club.

Simon Kuper had already noticed this attitude during the 2005 U-20 World Cup, won by Argentina. In the semifinal against Brazil (2-1) in Utrecht (Netherlands), he took notes about the start of the match for the “Flea”. “Play alone up front. Not very active in the movement of the ball, he crawls very motionless, with his head down ”, he wrote in a notebook. And at 7me Minute, Messi inherited the ball before knocking out a defender and launching a left-footed shot into the upper corner.

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Let’s see now if Lionel Messi will keep this custom under the PSG shirt. But now his future opponents in France are being warned, even if that’s not enough to stop the Argentine genius.

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