Lionel Messi Travels to Italy to See His Nutritional Therapist Giuliano Poser

Mark Patterson@@MarkPattersonBRUK Staff WriterApril 24, 2015

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Lionel Messi's return to top form is reportedly down to the advice of a nutritionist named Giuliano Poser, and the Argentinian went to Italy to see him on Thursday, reports Sport.

Poser, according to the paper, "is one of the best at preventing injuries by using a mix of Bach flower remedies, emotional therapy and a balanced diet."

Messi's 2013/14 campaign was blighted by injury concerns and a mystery vomiting issue, which occurred during several games. Barcelona went trophyless, and Ronaldo scooped the Ballon d'Or awards.

This season, whether down to the changes in diet or not, Messi has clearly shone.

Poser explained some of the secrets to his approach to Corriere del Veneto, via Sport:

Vegetables, seasonal fruits and a good mineral water are essential fuels for our muscles. You have to reduce the intake of processed foods or foods contaminated with pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, medications.

And, of course, alcohol, tobacco and foods that are not tolerated [...] Football players often pay the consequences for bad nutrition.

Barcelona currently sit top of La Liga and face Bayern Munich in the semi-finals of the Champions League as well as Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final.

Messi has 46 goals and 27 assists already this campaign, per Transfermarkt.

[Sport]