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Messi believed to have asperger's syndrome
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 1:56 pm    Post subject: Messi believed to have asperger's syndrome Reply with quote

I always thought there was something about him,he always seemed to be autistic on the intervews now Romario.Not to sound childish but such a high profile player would be a good asperger rappresentative
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.insidespanishfootball.com/77628/romario-messi-suffers-from-a-mild-form-of-autism/
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Read about that last night... I am a little frustrated that Romario just throws it out there without having facts, one shouldn't assume and put it in public. I only want to know who has been diagnosed with it, not who people assume has it. I respect messi, so if he has it then cool, but so far all I know is that one person who doesn't know anything about aspergers thinks messi has it.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

(Thread moved from Autism discussion to Random)
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes that's a little bit annoying because in fact romario just assumes it and he isn't even a psychologist,anyway when you see messi he seems to be an autistic,and he would be a great example of success for autistics,especially when such autistic examples in posrt are inexisent
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why did this move from general autism discussion to random? The article is about aspergers.... Aspergers isn't a random topic on an autism forum!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmm, that's interesting. Messi is definitely more of the soft spoken and down to earth type, but that's all I can really see in his personality (from what i see on tv). But that doesn't mean he has AS. Can it help him to focus on his game more than others? That's an interesting idea but not one Romario should be the final judge of.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would be awesome if true. For now it's just hear-say. Hope he gets an official diagnosis that would be an inspiration and reminder for all of us not to feel held back by AS.

Reminds me of Michael Phelps saying his ADHD helps him focus.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember Fabio Capello seeing Messi play aged 16 and saying he seemed to have a brain of a chess player, always thinking 3 passes ahead with a mental picture of everybody around him. I had the same thing and was a really good footballer, at times it was like i was playing in slow motion but my brain was active at a normal speed.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mr_Nice wrote:
I remember Fabio Capello seeing Messi play aged 16 and saying he seemed to have a brain of a chess player, always thinking 3 passes ahead with a mental picture of everybody around him. I had the same thing and was a really good footballer, at times it was like i was playing in slow motion but my brain was active at a normal speed.


Totally understand this comment. I had coaches and parents say "you always look one with the ball" and "you make playing soccer look easy and effortless" and "you always know where every player is on the field". Messi sounds like that type of player to me so it would make sense if his aspergers helps him.

I was the type of soccer player that barely ran around the field because I already was figuring out where I needed to be ahead of time, it was like I was predicting the future. I wasn't even aware I was doing this but I watched videos of me playing soccer in college and I was noticing that I was everywhere the ball would end up and all I did was walk or jog there ahead of time. I guess that's why I never felt fit or tired because I wasn't frantically running around like everyone else.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Romario didn't just throw it out without sources. He had made a number of Twitter tweets about the topic, including two links:

Someone blogging on August 28th http://exame.abril.com.br/rede-de-blogs/cabeca-de-lider/2013/08/28/messi-a-superacao-de-um-autista/

And what appears to be the web version of a TV spot: http://mais.uol.com.br/view/hpekq03k3r08/autismo-faz-messi-buscar-a-perfeicao-04020D19326CD4B14326?types=A&

Both of these seem to be alluding to this article from August 26: http://www.diariodocentrodomundo.com.br/como-o-autismo-de-messi-o-ajudou-a-se-tornar-o-melhor-do-mundo/

So it has all started with media coverage on a solely national level in Brazil, and stayed very unheard of in the rest of the world, more than some coverage on Romario twittering on the subject. And what has been written on that has basically been described as "only Romario speculating", so they haven't even managed any basic research of sources.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is a "Google" translation of the first three paragraphs from the cited article:

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Messi is autistic. He was diagnosed at 8 years old, still in Argentina, with Asperger's Syndrome, known as a mild form of autism. Although the diagnosis of athlete has been little publicized and asked, as a way to protect it, the fact is that their behavior on and off the field are revealing.

Having Asperger's is not no demerits. People are generally male, having difficulties in socialization, interests and repetitive motor acts very strange. Popularly , the syndrome is known as a factory geniuses. It is the case of Messi.

It is possible to identify, by experience , such as autism reveals itself in their behavior on the field - the team, the dribbling, the movement, the chute." Autistics are always looking to adopt a pattern and repeat it thoroughly," says Nilton Vitulli, father of an Asperger's syndrome and an active member of the NGO Autism and Reality and social networking Citizen Health, which includes parents and family "aspergianos."

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't believe Messi is Autistic. scratch
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why, because he didn't diagnose himself?

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