Previously, Lionel Messi’s family lived in a modest area called Bellamar, in the suburban municipality of Castelldefels, about 25 km from Barcelona, Spain.
The old mansion was bought by the Argentine player for £1.8 million in 2009, spending another £6 million to remodel it to his liking ($10.3 million total), according to Barcelona Checkin. The villa has many balconies and large windows with views of the hills of Catalonia, close to the Mediterranean coast.
Messi’s home is only 10 km from Barcelona El Prat, one of the busiest international airports in Europe. The airport management wants to expand the terminal with an airstrip over the sea, passing through the towns of Gava and Castelldefels – where Messi lives. However, the 3-year project proposal was not approved.
In 2018, Javier Sánchez-Prieto, CEO of Spanish low-cost airline Vueling, revealed the reason was related to Messi. “You can’t fly over where Messi lives, it doesn’t happen anywhere else in the world,” he said.
One of the real estate items owned by the Argentine football superstar (Photo: Apartment).
It was this that sparked the news that the plane was not allowed to fly over the home of Argentine football superstar Lionel Messi. Previously, the Spanish star Luis Suarez also had the same “privilege”. The home of two footballers is located in the suburbs of Barcelona, Spain. This is controversial in public opinion about the influence of the two superstars of the football village, as well as what special things are hidden in their houses.
Shortly after, Vueling airline had to make a correction on its website that it never intended to involve the player in any controversy, according to ESPN.
In fact, the simple truth lies in geography.
Messi’s old house is located in the town of Gava, about 25 km from Barcelona and belongs to the Del Garraf wildlife park. According to Spanish environmental law, this population possesses critically endangered flora and fauna and should be protected by law.
Airplane noise pollution causes major problems, which can disrupt rich wildlife. So Spanish law has put a ban on flying around this area.
As a result, planes arriving and leaving El Prat airport must take a small detour to the Mediterranean region to avoid this area. This is also the reason that tourists flying to Barcelona have to turn around in the air.
Distance from El Prat airport to Messi’s house. Photo: Knowxup.
Incidentally, both Messi’s and Suarez’s homes are in protected areas. Both football stars have nothing to do with this rule. Fortunately, they own a property located in the top quiet area on earth.
However, there are still people who do not believe and believe that Messi is a superstar, so he has inherited many rare privileges. This debate has been going on for a long time until Messi left Barcelona, everything ended.
Until now, that villa is still owned by Messi, but his family moved to another place.
The villa has views of the hills of Catalonia, close to the Mediterranean coast. Video: SOFOO.
After Messi and his teammates won the World Cup 2022, the image of the hero is flooding all over Argentina. This is the third time Argentina has won the World Cup. After 36 years since the generation of Diego Maradona was crowned in Mexico, Lionel Messi and his new teammates won the gold trophy back to their homeland.
After winning the 2022 World Cup, Messi posted a photo of lifting the prestigious gold trophy with the status line: “How many times have I dreamed of it, wanted to win it so much that I didn’t let myself fall. Unbelievable”.
“Thank you to our family and all the fans for trusting us. We have proven that, when we Argentinians unite and fight together, we can win anything. This feat belongs to the whole team, all fighting for the Argentine dream. We did it,” Messi said.
After the final, Messi also set some other impressive personal records. Accordingly, with 26 goals in the World Cup and Copa America, Messi surpassed Ronaldo (Brazil 25 goals) to become the top scorer in South America in these two big playgrounds.
Messi became the player with the most appearances in World Cup history with 26 matches. He was also the first player to score from the group stage to the final at a World Cup. With 13 goals, 8 assists, Messi is also the player who joins the list of the highest scorers in the World Cup (since 1966).
And in Rosario, the hometown where Messi was born and raised, many tourists from all over the world flock here to visit and travel. The whole space is blue and white representing the colors of the Argentina national team flag. The house in the neighborhood where he was born has also become a destination frequented by fans.
“A lot of international visitors come here. Unexpectedly from an ordinary neighborhood, thanks to Messi it became a tourist destination. Without him, no one would know about this city,” said Mr. Fernanda, a resident. in the neighborhood, expressed pride.