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'Lionel Messi's resurgence down to change of diet'

The four-time Ballon d’Or winner inspired Barcelona to a historic treble after giving up processed food last July

Lionel Messi has enjoyed arguably the best season of his career.
Lionel Messi has enjoyed arguably the best season of his career.

LIONEL MESSI’S SENSATIONAL season is down to a dramatic change in diet after last year’s World Cup, according to the Argentine’s nutritionist.

The Barcelona forward struggled for form and fitness throughout the first half of last year and never quite looked happy with himself, even while leading his country to the final of Brazil 2014.

However, he is now back playing better than ever, inspiring the Catalan club to a sensational treble by racking up 58 goals in just 57 games last term.

Italian doctor Giuliano Poser has now revealed that Messi’s resurgence can be attributed to a decision the four-time Ballon d’Or winner made last summer.

“After the World Cup maybe something changed,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “Messi has probably realised that he could change something.

“Leo is a humble guy. He won everything but he still wants to continue to excel for many years.

“He understood that to do so he had to change something.

“Leo had the humility to try to do something different in his professional life.

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“It is from January going strong, with the exception of the three weeks following the Clasico with Real Madrid on 22 March when he suffered a bruised foot.

“He changed his diet: no more processed food and he replaced it with foods rich in vitamins, minerals, fibre contained in whole grains, fruit, vegetables, fish and olive oil.”

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