​The Coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic has led to a complete suspension in the world of football with all the major leagues around the world currently suspended or postponed until a later date.


The COVID-19 outbreak has led to clubs asking their players to self-isolate themselves, while giving each specific training regimes to follow in the privacy of their homes. As usual, when faced with isolation, with the presence of social media - footballers have come up with a "toilet paper challenge" to cure their boredom.



Argentina and ​Barcelona talisman, Lionel Messi too got into the action with the striker answering and accepting the challenge of former club team-mate, Xavi Hernandez to complete the “10-touch toilet paper challenge”.


The 32-year-old took to social networking site, Instagram to accept the challenge, with the record six-time Ballon d'Or winner putting up an effortless display before kicking the toilet roll off camera. Messi then called out Barcelona team-mates Arturo Vidal, Jordi Alba and Luis Suarez plus his Argentina national team strike partner Sergio Aguero of ​Manchester City to take up the challenge.


The challenge has proved popular with the professional football fraternity – stars such as ​Manchester United’s, Bruno Fernandes, ​Atletico Madrid’s, Joao Felix and ​Juventus defender, Mathis De Ligt have all joined in the fun.