"Heavy doping (steroids) to football also applies. One of the most popular is nandrolone. It caught Frank de Boer, Jaap Stam, Couto, the late Valentin Belkevich, well, Messi. Lionel legally used (unknown informed if now) one of the worst doping — growth hormone," said Nekrashevich.

The expert noted that the Argentinian did it on the advice of doctors. "Messi was born with the syndrome of growth hormone deficiency and was the runt. If after admission to Barcelona he would not have started urgently to get injections of this hormone, it wouldn't grow higher than 140 cm. In General, for medical reasons was allowed," explained Nekrashevich.

This season, the 28-year-old Messi, whose height is 169 centimeters, scored 25 goals in 30 matches for Barcelona in all competitions.

Messi is the only one in the history of football a five-time winner of the "Golden ball" awarded to the best player of the year (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015).