Lionel Messi and his dog Hulk playing football goes viral as Barcelona star embarrasses giant Dogue de Bordeaux in video

Barcelona icon unwinds after World Cup by having a kickabout with Hulk, his giant Dogue de Bordeaux, in the back garden – and there’s a familiar outcome

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 31 July, 2018, 1:20pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 01 August, 2018, 4:29pm

Lionel Messi has made a career out of embarrassing opposition defenders – but now the Barcelona superstar have even taken to making a fool out of his gigantic dog.

The 31-year-old is enjoying some down time on his pre-season break after Argentina’s World Cup campaign fizzled out in the round of 16.

A video clip of Messi playing keep away from his massive Dogue de Bordeaux, who is aptly named Hulk, has been doing the rounds on social media this week.

And who are we to judge? Everybody unwinds and vents their football frustration in different ways.

Messi was enjoying the kickabout in his back garden with his sons Mateo and Thiago, one of whom can be heard saying: “He [Hulk] is very good at playing football.”

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“Yeah, but dad is better,” replies Messi’s other son.

It is not the first time that Hulk has had shared some of the spotlight with his owner on social media.

Messi introduced Hulk as the “newest member of the family” in January 2016, sharing a cute picture of the dog as a puppy.

But a follow-up picture in September 2016 showed just how much Hulk had grown. Adult males of the Dogue de Bordeaux breed can reach up to 0.7 metres in height and weigh over 65 kilograms.

A post shared by Leo Messi (@leomessi) on Sep 7, 2016 at 10:13am PDT