Messi’s plane belongs to the Embraer Legacy 650 series with a total value of nearly 15m USD.
This plane was designed by an Argentine company specifically for Messi and his family. The tail of the plane printed with the number 10 is Messi’s shirt at Barca and the Argentina team.
A special feature is the number 10 on the tail of the aircraft. The plane is 29m long, 8m high with a width including wingspan of 28m.
The Argentine company also designed a special ladder for Messi, with the names of family members. At the first step from the top is Leo, the nickname of Messi. Below are the names of his wife, Antonela, and three sons, Thiago, Ciro and Mateo. The striker of Barca Argentina reveɑled that he and his wife were wishing for another daughter.
The plane has three cabins, described as a “mini hotel in the sky”, including a kitchen, two bathrooms, furniture and seating for 16 people.
The interior and amenities in the plane such as genuine leather seats, screens are not inferior to 5-star hotels.
The 16 seats on the plane can be flexibly converted into 8 beds, in case Messi and his family have to move for a long time.
Messi often uses a private jet to fly back and forth between matches or take his family on vacation.
According to statistics on Sport Bible in October, Messi made 52 flights by private jet within 3 months. This football star has been criticized for using aircraft too much, creating about 1,500 tons of carbon dioxide that has a negɑtive impact on the environment.
Being a professional footballer means travelling to the four corners of the world to attend sporting events, but not only that. These high-level athletes are extremely busy and have to meet multiple obligations in relation to their contract and their football club.
Between contract signings, travel for the mercato, the player transfer period and medical visits far from home, there is a lot of travel. These sportsmen and women need to be mobile and have a flexible mode of transport that allows them to get there as quickly as possible.
The private jet is an excellent way for footballers like Messi to travel across the globe and to different clubs or stadiums for sporting events
However, in addition to the professional aspect of the sport, there is the personal life of the players. They often have contracts with big brands and must also meet the demands of these brands.
The flexibility and mobility offered by the private jet is perfect because Lionel Messi can travel whenever he wants to in airports that are sometimes not very accessible. Travelling by private jet allows him to reach 10 times more airports than with commercial airlines. Leo Messi therefore travels closer to his destination and the professional (or personal) demands he has.