In case you did not already think that Lionel Messi was a god, or at least the greatest soccer player ever, his doctor came out with news that would support it. According to a specialist that treated him, the Argentine played at least three games for Barcelona with kidney stones earlier this year.
In December, Messi was ruled out of Barcelona’s Club World Cup semifinal victory over Guangzhou Evergrande with renal colic, a type of abdominal pain commonly caused by kidney stones, but returned for the 3-0 victory over River Plate in the final.
Since then, Messi has played in 11 matches, scoring 12 goals. However Dr. Francisco Ruiz Marcellan, urology chief at the Instituto Dexeus says that the Barcelona star played with the pain of kidney stones in three of those matches.
“Leo Messi played three games with the stone in his kidney,” Ruiz Marcellan told Catalan TV3 programme “Divendres.”
If you’re wondering how that’s possible, Dr. Ruiz Marcellan said that Messi took tranquilizers to numb the pain, as he had not passed the stones yet.
Barcelona has not commented on the doctor’s revelations, but this is honestly something you can’t just make up. Even if it were, he’s still amazing.
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