"Bodyguard" Di Paul can understand Messi's request even without speaking
|Lionel Messi of Argentina talks to teammate Rodrigo De Paul during the FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifier match between Argentina and Paraguay at Estadio Más Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti on October 12, 2023 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.(Image-Getty)
Everyone knows Rodrigo Di Paul as Lionel Messi's 'bodyguard'. When Messi plays for the Argentina national team, this midfielder is seen sticking to him like glue. Wherever Messi is on and off the field, Di Paul is there. Even if the Argentine captain is fouled on the field, he is seen running first.
While keeping Messi safe, Di Paul also prevented disputes and clashes with the opposing player many times. After 36 years, this midfielder played a big role in Argentina's World Cup win for Atlético. Said Paul has now explained how his relationship with Messi is. Even without speaking, Messi and Paul can understand each other very well.
In a recent interview about his relationship with Messi, Di Paul said, "Messi is like me, quite hot-headed." When he gets angry, you have to move away from him. After some time he went to the room I went there. I knocked on the door and asked if he needed anything.
Even sometimes they can understand each other without any words, 'in the morning we are always alone; Because we get up early in the morning. There are many mornings when we don't speak. Sometimes it's because of my sleepiness or mood. He knows me well.'
Referring to what Messi wished him on his last birthday, Di Paul said, 'On my last birthday he sent me a message saying, "Happy birthday. May such mornings continue. Sometimes speaking and sometimes saying nothing.” We understand each other. Some mornings we talk for 2-3 hours and sometimes we don't say a word.'