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Lionel Messi, one of the greatest football players in history and a Paris Saint-Germain icon, shared his own experiences battling Covid-19. He was infected with this virus in early January but thankfully made it through after medication.
When 34-year-old Messi contracted the virus, he initially experienced symptoms like sore throat and fever, and coughing, among others. However. after these got better, it still remained unclear what was causing him so much trouble with respiratory issues that had not improved since.
“It left me with after effects. It left me with after-effects in my lungs. I came back, and it was like a month and a half without even being able to run because my lungs were affected,” Messi said in an interview.
The Argentinian forward was unfortunate enough to miss three matches after he fell ill. In one round of the French Cup competition and two Ligue 1 matches, Messi could not play because his health did not allow it.
Missing the games left Messi feeling desperate and wanting to get back on track as soon as possible. However, forcing himself to become better only made things worse for him.
“I came back before I should have, and it got worse because I went too fast, and it ended up setting me back. But I couldn’t take it anymore, and I wanted to run, to train — I wanted to get going. And in the end, it got worse,” he said.
After losing against Real Madrid in the Championship League, Messi revealed that he and his team were feeling grief.
“When I was halfway there [towards being at my peak], the Real Madrid thing happened, and that killed us. It killed me and the whole locker room in general and all of Paris because we had this big dream in that competition,” Messi said in an interview.
“And the way it happened, the game, the result … it was a gut punch,” he added.
Now that he is better following careful and extensive medication, the football star sets his eyes on more competitions and plans to go big for his next competition. Currently, he is set to play with his national team against Italy in Finalissima.
Finalissima is a relatively new competition in the football industry in its first edition still. It was made by the Union of European Football Association (UEFA) and the Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol (CONMEBOL) to create an arena for the winners of Copa America and Euro 2020.
Matches for Finalissima will start on June 1.
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