Since 2016, Messi the puma cat, named after the famous Argentine footballer, has lived in the apartment of Aleksandr and Mariya Dmitriev in Penza, Russia. Messi is living the life we all fantasize about: that of a pampered pet cat.
Messi “the large exotic cat, not the talented and renowned professional footballer” was sold to a petting zoo in Penza at the age of three months. He was shorter than average. He had medical problems. He was unable to live in a zoo. Neither could he live in a wildlife preserve. And zoo employees were considering putting the big cat to sleep. At that time, Aleksandr and Mariya arrived to save the cat.