Lionel Messi Keeps Throwing Up During Matches, And No One Can Figure Out Why

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For the second time in the last six weeks, Barcelona star Lionel Messi has vomited during a match.

Cameras caught the 26-year-old retching in the tunnel before last Sunday’s game against Athletic Bilbao.

This comes a little more than a month after he threw up during an Argentina friendly against Romania in Bucharest.

That incident prompted a wave of media inquiries into what’s going on with Messi’s stomach. While Messi, his coaches, and his doctors have thrown out a bunch of different theories, there isn’t one clear explanation.

Gerardo Martino told the BBC back in March that Messi went to a doctor, but the tests didn’t reveal anything:

“Something is not right, but it doesn’t affect his performance. It happens to him regularly. … He has even gone to see specialists at certain times but their tests have proved inconclusive.”

Argentina’s team doctor told Marca that it’s nothing to worry about, and listed a bunch of possible explanations:

“One cause can be physical and/or mental strain. The change in time zones — jet lag — and changes in diet also take a toll. Sometimes when people change their eating habits, it can trigger intolerance, leading to nausea and vomiting.”

Messi himself called it “no big deal,” saying, “Sometimes I accelerate very fast and the change in air intake causes me to heave. I felt completely fine at the end of the match”

It appears to be a strange but harmless ailment. It happens with great regularity, though.

Against Atletico Bilbao last week:

Against Romania in March of 2014:

He also got sick against Levante in August of 2013 and Bolivia in March of 2013, as well as a Super Cup game against Real Madrid in 2011:

 

 

 

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