Lionel Messi is one of the finest strikers of our time. Messi is known not only for his striking matches, but also for his spectacular tattoos. Until 2010, the football player did not have a single tattoo. Before applying, he consulted with Dani Alves to find out a few details. All player tattoos are filled with one master – Roberto Lopez.
Mother’s back portrait
The first tattoo of a football player was a portrait of his mother, stuffed on the back. Lionel’s mother’s name is Celia. The player often said that it was Celia who had a huge impact on his professional career.
Tattoos on the left leg
On the left calf of the Argentine striker are the hands of his firstborn named Thiago. The son was born in 2012. Below the hands is the son’s name inscribed in a heart. The tattoo means great love for your son. Thiago, like his father, plays football and plays in the Barcelona children’s team.
On top of Thiago’s hand are 4 dates – these are the birthdays of the footballer himself, his wife and two sons. It is worth noting that on the opposite leg, similar dates are indicated only with names, as well as the date of birth of his 3rd son named Chiro.
Here, on the left foot of a football player, there are such drawings as wings, a rose and a dagger. They flaunt on the shins, on the opposite side of the son’s hands. These are the 3 most used images in tattoo art, which is why Lionel has been repeatedly “trolled” for these designs on social media.
In 2016, Lionel decided to radically change his left leg and painted over these images with a dark color. Now this part of the leg resembles a gaiter. The footballer himself explained this act by the fact that he did not want to show his son drawings symbolizing violence. Ultimately, it all turned into the image of the soccer ball with the number 10, under which he plays in the games for Barcelona.
Tattoos on the right hand
Jesus is depicted on the footballer’s right hand. The attacker himself very rarely talks about religion, but, according to him, it can be concluded that he is a believer. This is the largest drawing on the body of an Argentinean.
Here, on the footballer’s right hand, there is another image related to religion. On the elbow part there is a stained glass window of the Sagrada Familia cathedral. This cathedral is the symbol of Barcelona.
A little further from the cathedral, a lotus is depicted. A well-known fact about the flower: it can even appear in swampy water. The meaning of a flower is purity and rebirth.
The continuation of the started topic is the map of Rosario. The drawing is made in such a way that intersecting boulevards and avenues are visible on it. On top of the card there is a rosary.
There are gears and an antique watch near the wrist. This drawing means that you need to live in the present. The gears indicate that time cannot be turned back.
In addition, on the right hand of the Argentine striker, a crown is depicted, which symbolizes love for his wife Antonella. There is a similar pattern on his wife’s hand.
The spouses have another paired tattoo – Roman numerals on their fingers. The date of their wedding is shown here. They filled in the drawing immediately after the wedding.
Just above the crown is the wife’s eye. Lionel met Antonella when he was five years old, so there are many references to his beloved wife in his tattoos.
In 2017, a new tattoo appeared on the body of the Argentine striker. After the match, in which the player scored 3 goals against Espanyola, a photo of the player with a new tattoo appeared. This is an image of the lips of his wife Antonella.
Most of the tattoos on the body of Lionel Messi are associated with his wife, children and religion.