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Here’s What Lionel Messi Eats In Order To Be The World’s Greatest Footballer

Football's greatest event is now well and truly upon us: the World Cup. People are donning their country's shirts, erecting flags, and placing bets, as they excitedly wait to share the highs and lows of their team as they compete for the glory and the highly-coveted FIFA World Cup Trophy.

Just qualifying to compete is a feat which many teams fail to achieve, and those that do typically have more than a few stand-out players. One of these men is Barcelona's 28-year-old Lionel Messi - who is widely regarded as the world's greatest player.

To discover what he eats to stay in shape, check out the video below:

For over a decade now, Messi has been one of the world's most prominent football players, flaunting his skills on the pitch for Barcelona and the Argentinan national team.

The 30-year-old star was first highlighted as one to watch in 2007 when his quick feet and creative playmaking caught the eye of FIFA who nominated the then-20-year-old rising star for their World Player of the Year. Whilst he didn't win that year, he did two years later by a record-breaking landslide.

Since then, he has gone on to become his country's all-time leading goalscorer and an Olympic champion, having helped the Argentine national team win a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Clearly exhausted by his incredible career, Messi announced that he'd be retiring in 2016. Unsurprisingly, his fans (and even supporters of rival teams) mourned his departure from the pitch.

But their loss wouldn't last for long after the formidable forward came out of retirement in preparation for the 2018 World Cup.

Now fans are questioning how he will be able to manage such a challenge. Of course, he will train exceptionally hard. But, according to Giuliano Poser, an Italian nutritionist, it is Messi's diet that will really support him through the coming weeks.

Poser started working with the Barcelona forward in 2014 and, since then, has helped Messi lose an impressive three kilograms in weight.

This weight loss was reported in the Spanish media last year with the newspaper AS revealing that the 30-year-old had to give up pizza (talk about dedication) in order to reach his physical peak.

Better Messi than me, that's all I'm saying!

In an interview with Mundo Derpotivo, Poser revealed that Messi's impressive physique is the result of a diet which has a foundation made up of five key foods - water, good quality olive oil, whole grains, and fresh fruit and vegetables.

"Also very good are nuts and seeds,” Poser said, adding that he has slowly weaned Messi off the consumption of sugar. "It is the worst thing for the muscles. The farther he stays away from sugars, the better," he explained.

"Refined flours are also a big problem as these days, it's difficult to find uncontaminated wheat," he added.

Another key component of Messi's diet according to Poser is avoiding excessive meat consumption - so this is good news for any veggies reading!

It just goes to show that you don't have to dine on steak every night to be physically strong.

"The amount of meat normally eaten by Argentinians and Uruguayans is too much, as it is difficult to digest," Poser explained.

Messi's performance on the field since beginning to work with Poser is arguably a reflection of the diet's success, having scored 98 goals in 102 games for Barcelona and ending Cristiano Ronaldo's run of Ballon d'Or success.

Maybe Ronaldo shouldn't have eaten so much KFC...

So, there you have it. Eat your greens if you want to have any chance of becoming an international football superstar!