Spaniard designs Messi football-shaped home

A top Spanish architect has designed a house with football mad Leo Messi in mind — in the shape of a football.

Spaniard designs Messi football-shaped home
Spanish architect Luis de Garrido had Barcelona star Leo Messi in mind when he carried out this design project for a football-shaped home. Screen grab: YouTube

Valencian arquitect Luis de Garrido prides himself on having built homes that "excite and make their occupants happy".

The house featured in the video below is a design project based around the idea of what sort of house the Barcelona star might like.

The football-shaped house is "intrinsically related" to who Messi is and what he represents, Garrido said.

Messi's family, meanwhile, say the Argentinian forward has no plans to move and he is quite happy where he is.

de Garrido works with sustainable architecture in Spain, only accepting projects where very strict ecological, health and environmental criteria are always respected.

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‘Diego is eternal’: Messi pays tribute to Maradona

Lionel Messi paid tribute to Diego Maradona on Wednesday by calling him "eternal" after his fellow Argentine died of a heart attack.

'Diego is eternal': Messi pays tribute to Maradona
Diego Maradona hugs Lionel Messi after 2010 World Cup quarter final Argentina vs Germany. Photo: AFP

“A very sad day for all Argentines and football,” Messi wrote on Instagram. “He has left us but he will never leave us because Diego is eternal. I will keep all the beautiful moments that I lived with him and would like to send my condolences to all his family and friends. RIP.”






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Messi and Maradona have often been compared in the debate about who was the greatest footballer of all time.

Both players are icons in Argentina and have been likened to each other due to their global status, dribbling style and famous number 10 shirts.    

Maradona was also Messi's coach during his brief time in charge of the national team, which included Argentina being thrashed by Germany in the 2010 World Cup quarter-finals.

A banner held up during 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 25, 2014. Photo: AFP


Maradona spent two years at Barcelona, where Messi is now captain and the club's all-time top scorer, although Maradona's greatest years were spent with Napoli in Italy.

Asked about Maradona in 2010, Messi said: “Even if I played for a million years, I'd never come close to Maradona. Not that I'd want to anyway. He's the greatest there's ever been.”