Dog Names Ending in 'si' in Pop Culture
So who exactly is Messi the dog? Well, he happens to be the pet of a young soccer player named Isco. The twenty-one-year-old stepped into the spotlight recently and emerged as a new star in the world of soccer (or fooftball which is futbol in Spanish - whichever you prefer!). The problem is that Isco recently signed a five-year contract to play on the Real Madrid team whose main arch rival is Barcelona...the team Lionel Messi plays on. Now, Isco has a big problem on his hands - he owns a dog named after his soccer nemesis!
Isco adopted Messi years before signing to Real Madrid and, at the time, he picked the name Messi for his dog as he believed Messi to be the top soccer player out there. He was quoted saying that Messi is the best soccer player and his new dog was the best dog, so the name Messi was a natural fit. That quote has come back to haunt him as his new team disapproves strongly of anything Messi related.
Isco says he doesn't necessarily regret the decision to name his dog Messi. He was a former Barcelona fan, frequently praising the team on social media in the years before he joined Real Madrid. He also has put the blame on his brother and family, saying that they pushed for the name Messi for his pup.
Now, Isco's dog carries the name Messi. While he says he can't walk him on the streets of Madrid (a Real Madrid player calling 'Messi!' would not look good for his image), he still does post pictures of his beloved pup frequently online!