Vegan footballer Samuel Umtiti 'I have never felt so good physically' - Media Credit: FC Barcelona

Barcelona Defender Samuel Umtiti ‘Never Felt So Good’ Since Going Vegan

'I think it will make a big difference in my career… I have never felt so good physically'


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Professional footballer Samuel Umtiti says he’s ‘never felt so good’ since going vegan.

Umtiti is a defender for FC Barcelona. He announced the changes to his diet in a recent interview with Canal Football Club*.

‘I feel a lot better’

He told the club he abstains from eating meat and fish, and also avoids pasta. Umtiti added that ‘vegetable proteins’ do him good, and that his body feels ‘a lot better’ since ditching animal products.

The footballer also says he has lost three kilograms of weight, adding: “I think it will make a big difference in my career… I have never felt so good physically. I have cut and gained muscle at the same time.”

Vegan footballers

Umtiti joins a plethora of high-profile footballers who have adopted a vegan diet such as Chris Smalling, Hector Bellerin, and Aaron Ñiguez Esclapez.

Ex-footballer and current President and co-owner of Inter Miami CF David Beckham has also discussed going meat-free in recent times.

Last month, Beckham showed off his vegan cooking skills to his 64.8 million Instagram followers. He shared images of a vegan casserole featuring greens, wholegrain mustard, broad beans, and homemade dumplings.

You can follow Samuel Umtiti on Instagram here

*Umtiti’s interview was conducted in French. PBN has used quotes from a translated sports publication. You read the full interview here

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Dan Burcea
Dan Burcea
1 year ago

Umtiti: “I think it will make a big difference in my career… I have never felt so good physically”! So from now on, the Frenchman can go to any team he wants and stop begging for his wage without playing a minute!

Rob Dexter
Rob Dexter
1 year ago

I’ll wait until I hear him say that he did it for the animals before I’ll recognise him as a vegan! He’s said he is but then he only says that he’s given up meat and fish. Nothing about the animals, nothing about eggs, dairy, leather, silk, honey, zoos, circuses etc. He even said that he’s given up pasta. What’s that got to do with veganism?! Ha ha! Sounds like it’s just for his health. No hate for him (other than his choice of team!) but just sick of the vagueness of everybody’s idea of veganism.

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