Messi’s Style in Decline?

Lionel Messi has a graceful style on the soccer field that is beautiful to watch and gets results.  Those 2 qualities of his play earned the Barcelona and Argentina forward an unprecedented run of 4 consecutive Ballon d’Or trophies from 2009 through 2012 but Cristiano Ronaldo brought that run to an end this year.

And maybe the 26-year-old is showing his age and trying to force his new style on the world.

Messi turned heads at the recent FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala 2013at the Kongresshalle not so much for his girlfriend and mother of their son Thiago, Antonella Roccuzzo, but from his selection of a red satin tuxedo.

Messi_red_1The lethal striker stood out from the crowd at this ‘black-tie event.’

Messi_red_2The look should not come as a huge shock, however.  Messi’s favorite color is red.  When adidas was designing the first signature cleat for Messi the diminutive forward had his say in some of the design of the adidas F50 adiZero Messi and the cleat was predominantly red.

But the change in style is nothing new for Messi who has slowly been taking on his own look when off the soccer field.

Who can forget the 2013 Ballon d’Or ceremony when Messi showed up with a more conservative but somewhat out there black polka-dot tuxedo jacket with matching bow-tie.

Messi_blackPolkaThe transition really started back when he picked up his 3rd Ballon d’Or on the trot.  Messi was no doubt getting accustomed to picking up the hardware and showed up wearing his dark maroon velvet jacket with vest and black straight tie and black trousers.

messi_velvetSuitThe style was much more reserved and ‘with the crowd’ the first two times he picked up the Ballon d’Or.  He was wearing a black suit with satin shawl by Dolce & Gabana in 2011.

Messi_BlackDGHe may not have known where he was going or figured he was not going to win in 2009 when he wore a pretty simple black suit.
Messi_black1What new look will Messi feature next year?  Will he be back at the podium receiving the Ballon d’Or in 2015?  Do you think Messi’s style is on the decline or is he just making his own style statement?  Talk about the looks of Lionel Messi on Soccer365’s facebook page.

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