Lionel Messi is not immune from being criticised – even by son Thiago.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is widely regarded as one of the finest footballers to have ever played the sport.
But the Barcelona captain, La Liga’s record goalscorer, confirmed in an interview that Thiago is not always impressed.
“[He] understands football more because he’s the biggest [of Messi’s children] and he talks about everything to do with football,” Messi told World Soccer.
“I have already had some criticism from him! Barcelona, La Liga, the Champions League… he follows it all. He likes it, he asks questions and he gives me pointers when things don’t go so well.”
“It’s not like that anymore!” Messi added. “It’s always tough to manage the losses and the bad performances.
“But Thiago forces me to talk about what happened and explain why we didn’t win. Now, we talk much more.”