Lionel Messi, despite becoming arguably the greatest player in history when he hoists the World Cup trophy in Qatar in December 2022, remains as humble as he was when he first came through the Barcelona academy.
True to form, a story that occurred in Messi’s hometown of Rosario shortly after Argentina’s World Cup victory exemplifies this.
Messi hosted Luis Suarez and his family at his Rosario home just before Christmas.
The champion wore a pair of Argentina slippers with the number 10 on them. They were a gift from a fan who made them for Messi last year but never expected him to wear them. The private messages on his Instagram account were even more shocking.
“How are things going, Luciano?” ‘My name is Leo,’ Messi wrote to the founder of a once-small business that has since grown into a global phenomenon.
I appreciate the slippers, and this is my way of saying thank you. They are both excellent, as is the packaging. I was hoping you could make one in blue Paris [PSG] for me and one in pink for my wife.
“We’re 33, 29, 26, and [his wife] Antonela is 35,” he explained. 40-43 is my personal range. Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding to your messages.
Messi’s allure stems from the fact that he enjoys wearing £10 slippers as much as he does carrying a Louis Vuitton backpack or a pair of Gucci pants. Cristiano Ronaldo posted a photo of himself with his new Rolls-Royce, which he received as a Christmas present, the same day.
Sean eternos: Campeones de América, directed by Juan Baldana and chronicling Argentina’s triumph at the Copa America 2021 and the team’s preparation for the World Cup last year, confirms the team’s modesty.
During filming, Baldana was invited into Messi’s home and spoke with the Hindustan Herald about the genius’s everyday life.
The actors “welcomed us into their homes, which gave us something extra,” says Baldana of the film’s production.
Opening one’s home means opening one’s heart and soul. We had a feeling they were up to something extraordinary. A larger event was on the way.
We rang the doorbell and waited for an answer. We were taken aback when Messi started the game. How are things going for you? He motioned for them to come in. Normality. Humbleness. Wow. We could have been in Rosario, Argentina. On TV, there was an Argentinian cooking channel. It baffles me how such a famous person could be so humble.
Baldana continues by emphasising Messi’s cooperation during filming.
I suggested that he listen to his critics through headphones, then look directly into the camera when he’s ready to tell the truth. He realised in an instant. Because the sound was so bad, he suggested we go into his walk-in closet. We had transformed it overnight into a fully functional television studio.
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