A Candid Account: Messi’s Tough Choice to Part Ways with Beloved Dog Hulk during Barcelona-Miami Move

‘New addition to my family,’ Messi wrote at the time. ‘Thanks, love, for this beautiful gift.’

He and his wife Antonela Rocuzzo regularly shared pictures and videos of the dog on social media, but haven’t done so since 2021 when Messi was playing for PSG and traveled back to Spain to recover from an injury.

The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner also took into consideration the amount of stress the cross-continent move in July would take on Hulk at this point in his life.

Messi told Guardiola that Hulk ‘is on the verge’ of perhaps needing to be put to sleep.

Messi Opens Up About the Difficult Decision to Leave Their Beloved Dog Hulk Behind When Moving from Barcelona to Miami 1

Messi relaxes at his Barcelona residence with his family dog, Hulk, a seven-year-old Bordeaux Mastiff.

Messi Opens Up About the Difficult Decision to Leave Their Beloved Dog Hulk Behind When Moving from Barcelona to Miami 2

Messi’s pet Bordeaux Mastiff, Hulk, is seven years old. These dogs typically have a lifespan of five to eight years, but in some cases, there are some who live up to 11 years.

Messi Opens Up About the Difficult Decision to Leave Their Beloved Dog Hulk Behind When Moving from Barcelona to Miami 3

Messi enjoys playing with Hulk at the family’s home. Currently, Hulk is being taken care of by the staff at the luxurious home in Castelldefels, a suburb located 12 miles away from Cam Nou. Bordeaux Mastiffs can grow to be 27 inches tall and weigh 110 pounds. They have a lifespan of five to eight years, although some can live up to 11 years.

Meanwhile, Messi has become the face of MLS in the US as he plays for Inter Miami CF. During the interview, Messi shared that the family wakes up at 7 am for a group breakfast during school days and drops off his three sons, Thaigo, Mateo, and Ciro. He and his wife then return home for a nap or to catch up on their favorite shows. On other days, he heads over to Inter Miami for a morning workout. Around 3 pm, they both pick up the children before taking Thiago and Mateo to soccer practice at the club’s academy.

Messi also revealed the possibility of expanding the family. “We would like to,” he said. “We are not in the search, but we would like it if the girl arrives.”

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