Lionel Messi‘s name has been ever-present on the front pages of Spain’s newspapers since he broke through at Barcelona.
Throughout the 2020/21 season, that has only intensified with his Barcelona future beyond the current campaign up in the air.
On Saturday, Ole will publish an exclusive interview with the Argentine, before Barcelona – without the rested Messi – play later that evening hoping to win to hold onto third place in LaLiga Santander.
Ahead of the full interview’s publication on Saturday, Ole released some parts of the chat they had with a relaxed, smiling and comfortable Messi.
While some of the more serious matters will undoubtedly come out in the full interview, the parts published in advanced include Messi talking about more trivial topics, showing just how at ease he was.
At one point Messi even explained why he opted to grow a beard.
“I had been shaving for a long time,” Messi said. “I had been with Gillette and they told me to shave. So, when I wasn’t with them anymore I decided not to shave.
“I think it was during 2016 at the Copa America in the United States. There were a lot of bearded guys. It’s the same with my hair. It’s either been long or short.”
Then, the Barcelona captain was discussing his life away from the pitch, shedding light on the hobbies he enjoys doing in his downtime.
“I like padel,” Messi said. “I play with Pepe as my teammate and he plays well.
“I run and he brings the quality. We don’t play a lot, because we have games every three days, but I like it.”
Just like most people, Messi enjoys some of his mother’s dishes, most of all her milanesas, similar to schnitzel.
“I think it’s because of the sauce that she puts on top,” Messi explained. “I’ve eaten a lot of them, but the ones I eat at my house with that sauce… Others have tried them and said that they’re very good – really!”
Playing at Barcelona hasn’t always been easy for Messi and, in his younger days, he found it hard to go back and forth between Argentina and Catalonia.
“I cried,” Messi said. “I wanted to go back to do what I do, but I didn’t want to go at the same time.
“I’ve lost a lot of friends and communication was more difficult back then. Now, any 13-year-old has a phone, but not then. Sometimes I spent an hour on the phone and they were put on, but then things got difficult and it was hard to keep friends.”