How did the vegetarian diet saved Lionel MESSI

Who doesn’t know Lionel Messi?

The FC Barcelona player is considered by many specialists, to be the best player in the world ! You only have to look at his statistics to realise his incredible genius.

Over the last 10 years (2010-2020), Lionel Messi has averaged more then 35 goals scored and 16 assists in the Spanish league each season.
To reach such a level of performance no doubt takes a lot of work and a lot of talent.
However, Lionel Messi had a difficult time at a certain point in his career. Between 2006 and 2011, Leo was hampered 11 times by repeated injuries.
While Messi sometimes allowed himself to stray from junk food (soda, pizza, hamburger, etc.) and eat Argentinean grill specialities, he began to question his eating habits.Once he reached the age of 27, he realised that he could no longer continue to eat as he did at the age of 18 or 19.

This led Messi to take an interest in the vegetarian diet. At least, he began to drastically reduce his meat consumption and started eating more fruit and vegetables. Following his change of diet, Lionel Messi noticed that, his performance was much better. That’s why I would like to focus on the vegetarian diet and present you the 5 advantages it can bring to the footballer.

Reduces body fouling

When you eat a lot of fruit, vegetables and wholegrain cereals, your body eliminates and digests the food more easily thanks to the action of the fibre that these foods contain. Fibre promotes digestion and helps to minimise the swelling of the stomach, which could slow you down during your workout. However, by putting aside foods of animal origin, your veins remain clean and clear and you don’t have to worry about accumulating cholesterol and clogged arteries. Since you will feel light and clean inside your body, you will be able to be faster and more impressive during your trainings or matches.

Give you better cardiovascular health

Because a vegetarian diet is low in cholesterol and saturated fats, you will be able to maintain good cardiovascular health quite easily. With an optimal cardiovascular system, you can run longer, jump higher and train more intensely and regularly, with quick recovery times between workouts.

When your cardiovascular system is in good condition, it’s easier to breathe, maintain your endurance and even stay motivated throughout your workouts and matches.

Strengthens overall endurance

Many athletes who have tried the vegetarian diet praise its effects on their endurance and therefore on their performance. Endurance is needed in just about any sport. Therefore, its importance should not be overlooked.
Fortunately, a good level of endurance is easily achieved by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and following a vegetarian diet. With a better stamina, it will be easier for you to endure all the events that may occur during the day without having to exhaust all your energy stock, which will then remain available for your training sessions and matches.

Facilitates physical maintenance

Since vegetarian diets do not contain saturated fats, it is fairly easy to maintain the physique required for competitive football. Whether you’re looking to slim down or get a little stronger to, for example, better resist duelling, a vegetarian diet can help you achieve these goals.
Of course, a well-balanced diet is important. Many cereals, legumes, fruit and vegetables form the basis of any diet that promotes long-term health.

Accelerates healing and recovery

We know the importance of proteins for the healing, recovery and reconstitution of muscle fibres. But the amount of protein in vegetables, beans and cereals is more than sufficient. For example, animals such as bulls, stallions, elephants and giraffes, which are all vegetarian, are all well developed muscularly.
According to several specialists, a vegetarian diet can be optimal during the healing process. This is because it helps the body regulate the levels of inflammation, which is characterised by the widening of blood vessels, the leakage of blood into the tissues and the release of antibodies that occur after an injury. Although inflammation can be designed to protect the body, it can easily get out of control, whereas a vegetarian diet could help control it.


The truth is that there are only advantages to considering a vegetarian diet as a footballer. This is not incompatible with playing football at the highest level since many professionals have adopted a vegetarian diet such as: Fabian Delph, Jermain Defoe, Hector Bellerin, Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi. They may not all follow this diet so strictly, but at least during competition periods. The challenge is to be persuaded to try the vegetarian diet alongside football and see the changes it brings. From personal experience, I can still confirm that my energy level is higher when I don’t eat animal food. But everyone should be able to make their own opinion based on their experience. Would you be willing to try a vegetarian diet for a few weeks?

Is Leo Messi plant based?

Some of the world’s best footballers have been associated with a vegan diet during the playing season: Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Manchester City’s Sergio Agüero to name just two. Other players, such as striker Jermaine Defoe and midfielder Chloe Arthur, have tried following a vegan diet year round.

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