Lionel Messi, the world’s best soccer player, has a little problem; he has repeatedly been vomiting during recent matches.
The Barcelona player has now sought out medical attention to cure his sickness, after the 26-year-old latest bout of on-field vomiting took place during Argentina’s draw with Romania on Wednesday. Messi looked to be sick after just nine minutes of the contest in Bucharest, which ended up 0-0.
After the game Messi told Marca, “It’s no big deal; it’s happened to me before. Sometimes I accelerate very fast and the change in air intake that’s involved causes me to heave. I felt completely fine at the end of the match.”
However, Gerardo Martino, Barcelona’s manager, clearly doesn’t feel this way, because ahead of Saturday’s match with Valladolid he stated, “Something is not right, but it doesn’t affect his performance. It happens to him regularly. But it isn’t a cause for concern. It doesn’t affect him at all in terms of doing his job.”
Martino also added that doctors aren’t any closer to figuring out the reason for his illness. “He has even gone to see specialists at certain times but their tests have proved inconclusive,” he explained.
It has been reported that Messi has suffered from the problem for several games now, and during recent matches in Spain he has been spotted vomiting.
Back in March 2013 he appeared to be sick on the pitch during half-time of Argentina’s match with Bolivia. Messi blamed the altitude after the game in La Paz, stating, “It is terrible to play here at altitude, so a draw [the match ultimately finished 1-1] is a good result for us. Every time you make an effort or play at high pace, you need to recover. Some of the players had a headache and others felt a bit dizzy, but there was nothing wrong with me.”
Messi’s was also famously sick during the Spanish Super Cup in 2011, just before he then scored a penalty against Real Madrid. In the past, Zinedine Zidane, the Real Madrid legend, vomited at Euro 2004 when France took on England just before he then scored from the penalty stop too.
Earlier this week Messi was linked to an astonishing move to Manchester City, after reports in the Spanish press suggested that the English club are prepared to splash out $276million on the Argentinian dynamo, while they are also allegedly prepared to pay him over $40million a year too.
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