September 29th, 2011

Lionel Messi & The Electronic Shoe Revolution

What an informative photograph! Thanks, Leo. Image via sochuteiras.com.

Clearly, the most exciting thing about this photograph for most of the Kickette staff is that it not only offers a far more expansive view of Leo Messi’s ‘action’ than we’re used to, but we also get to speculate on how he achieves such smooth and supple skin on his calves and thighs.

However, our resident boot porn aficionado has broken free of her shackles once more, and advises us (through her gag, so it must be quite important) that the boots Leo is wearing here contain a very special microchip thingy that tracks player movement and will apparently revolutionize the game.

Cool. But do you think he uses depilatory cream? Wax? Or has he gone for the more permanent solution of electrolysis?

We should be told.

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33 Responses to “Lionel Messi & The Electronic Shoe Revolution”

  1. Mimi says:

    He is slightly scratched on the thigh, so probably uses a razor ;) )

  2. Danni says:

    This just makes me love Leo even more. Hes so adorable

  3. Emma says:

    i think it should be compulsory that Leo models these shoes. . . in THIS position.

  4. Thanks for the credits!

  5. SabStarrz says:

    He is like a perfect cupcake you want to eat…ummmmm….
    :)

  6. Ingrid says:

    I loved Leo when he was FULL of hair, on his head, arms, and those damn sexy muscular legs! (check him kitted out when he's about 20 years old) a real man! …and is it me or is Leo a bit sad looking nowadays, he used to be so vibrant especially after scoring a goal…I hope it's me!
    Love you Leo!

  7. Rainbowlollipop says:

    His Arms are hairless as well!!!
    Maybe he does and all body waxing ritual…..

    I never tought I would stare at Messi in Awwww and actually say Wow and Messi in the same sentence……never…But he sure does look like butter.

    His girlfriend doesnt even look that soft and supple….It must be his dark secret! haha

  8. indianmuggle says:

    hairstyles don't suit or not suit Leo Messi. Leo Messi suits them all.. lucky hair

    • Gladys says:

      Don't get me wrong…I adore Leo no matter what, but I miss those gorgeous silky brown wings he used to have that flew in the air when he did. On the other hand, I can see how they would get in the way.

  9. Sara says:

    Damn, I'm jealous of his legs now.

  10. Sara P says:

    LOL….it's not awkward for me. I will gladly accept my shame in being a woman who shaves once a week. Ha! And even when I do, they don't look nearly that shiny and soft. Hey Leo, care to share your secret??

  11. indianmuggle says:

    maybe it's evolution.. body hair is vestigial in human beings and some have evolved to be without it. Messi, is of course leagues ahead of other humans..Hmm. that might explain his footballing prowess too..

  12. McRed says:

    I've now got a mental image of messi, xavi, sex, pique etc sitting around the Barca changing room caked in veet and comparing smooth shins while puyi watches them from a corner, shaking his head in despair and disbelief.

    • Gladys says:

      Ha! In that Bazaar interview Puyi did last year he claimed to have shaved his chest himself without cream or lotion, so I can totally imagine his disdain.

  13. Shelley says:

    Not just his beautiful skin and smooth legs…..hair you seen the condition of his hair? Gosh, it's so silky and healthy!! Marry me Messi! LOL

  14. Barca fan says:

    Well all footballers wax…cuz of the massages they hav to get in routine..they work better when legs r smooth

  15. bertaboo says:

    dang, his legs look fake. what do i have to do for mine to look like that?!?

  16. Slave4Mou says:

    Bad news Barca fans! I see that even Messi is using the new Jose-approved Braun shaver.

  17. Melanieee. says:

    the awkward moment when lionel messi's legs look smoother than yours.

  18. PB14 says:

    This gives me the opportunity to ask: why do these guys all shave their legs??! Serious inquiry!! I mean they are not swimmers where every micro-second counts so ????

    • Gladys says:

      I'm wondering if it has to do with all the pulling and tearing deal but that might make more sense for chest waxing (given that they're always being tugged by their shirts) and less for the legs. Hmmm, it's a good question though. I feel like I have to go and examine a bunch of bare leg photos now to see if everyone does it.;)

      • Kristina says:

        What a great idea Gladys! You could even make it pass as a serious anthropological study. "The epilatory habits among southern european men." Cause I sure do know that northern european men don't shave their legs ;) . Not as a habit at least.

      • Sarah, Madrid says:

        I volunteer! To be part of this study, and while we are at it, I don't mind a full body exam just to be sure :p and a have a full view.

      • PepaCandela says:

        They're often required to by the trainers & physios bc it makes it easier for massages and any taping up that has to be done. You can see the difference from the season to offseason.

    • Kyrrdis says:

      I heard some romours that most of them shave their legs for the same reason prof. cyclist do: They say that injuries heal faster. Well, I supposse footballers receive a lot of kicks and steps.
      … But I'm still not sure if injuries ~really~ heal faster, for me, this sounds like humbug.

    • Guest says:

      I believe it makes the therapeutic massage these guys get easier–no friction/pulling on hair. Also, if they need to get their legs taped, it probably is a lot less painful if they're hairless.

    • PepaCandela says:

      They're often required to by the trainers & physios bc it makes it easier for massages and any taping up that has to be done. You can see the difference from the season to offseason.

      (sorry, I hit the wrong reply)

  19. LuvinBale says:

    Hmmmm… not sure how I feel about a mans legs being softer and smoother than mine. But the view is quite nice- no?

  20. y.t. says:

    Whoa, his legs are smoother than mine!

  21. Miss Lampard says:

    Does he shave his legs, doesn't him??