Messi‘s love for dogs is well known and documented. But this lionel messi dog is something special. Find out more about the lionel messi dog and its connection to the Argentinean superstar in this article.
According to Goal, Barcelona legend Lionel Messi certainly has a favourite four-legged companion.
Messi is not the only high profile footballer with a famous furry friend, withNeymar, Alexis Sanchez, Mario Balotelli and more all sharing snaps of their pets on social media.
However, the Argentine’s dog might be the most famous of them all.
Messi dog breed?
Lionel Messi’s dog is a Dogue de Bordeaux. Also known as a Bordeaux Mastiff or French Mastiff, the breed is known for its size and strength.
Dogues de Bordeaux are short-haired dog breeds, with large heads and their coats are usually a distinctive red fawn colour.
Historically, Dogues de Bordeaux have been used as guard dogs, protecting homes and livestock, as well as being working dogs, pulling cargo.
The breed was notably used in the 1989 ‘buddy cop’ movie Turner and Hooch, starring Tom Hanks alongside Dogue de Bordeaux ‘Beasley’.
Lionel Messi’s dog is called Hulk (sometimes Senor Hulk) and it is definitely a fitting name considering the sheer size of the animal.
A video shared on Instagram by Messi’s wife Antonela Roccuzzo in 2018 gave fans an idea of how big Hulk was – and he was only around two years old at that point.
Messi himself provides the scale in the video as he playfully knocks a ball over the dog’s head, confirming, in the process, that the Argentine’s skills can embarrass more than just humans.
According to Elfutbolero source, the seven-times Ballon d’Or Winner’s dog(Hulk) is worth between 700 and 1,000 euros, about 800 – 1,100 dollars.