Barcelona's recently appointed sporting director Carles Rexach has made international headlines after claiming Lionel Messi ate too much pizza last season.
Messi had a relatively poor season for Barcelona last season scoring 41 goals in all competitions. For any other player that would be an outstanding total, but it was the worst return for the Argentinian since 2009.
Rexach, who has enjoyed a long association with Barcelona having both played and managed the club in the past, claims Messi's decline came as a result of eating too much pizza in the Barcelona canteen.
"Before, he ate at the club and rested after," Rexach is quoted as saying. "But I think last year Messi ate more pizza than he should have."
The Barcelona superstar has been in better form this season, already grabbing 37 goals in all competitions. He should ease past last season's total despite carrying his pizza habit into this season.
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Old habits die hard
A menu sheet from the Barcelona canteen was leaked to the press in September to show that a number of stars enjoy pizza after a training session, Messi included. The four-time Ballon d'Or winner also chose Sprite, a decision that would have angered his long-time sponsors Pepsi.
Rexach was only recently brought into the Nou Camp boardroom as part of a major reshuffle. Barcelona sacked technical director Zubizarreta earlier this year as a result of the Fifa transfer embargo. The club legend has not been afraid to get his teeth stuck in - he also questioned the management style of Luis Enrique in the same interview.