15 facts about Argentina footballer Lionel Messi

MESSI is arguably one of the greatest footballers to ever touch football

15 facts about Argentina footballer Lionel Messi

Here are some interesting facts about Barcelona legend, who now play for PSG

15. Lionel Messi was born on June 24, 1987 in Argentina, Rosario

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14. His full name is Lionel Andres Messi but his fans love to call him Leo Messi

13. Lionel Messi married Antonela Roccuzzo in 2017. They have three boys together: Mateo Messi Roccuzzo, Thiago Messi Roccuzzo and Ciro Messi Roccuzzo

12. Wins major trophy for Argentina

Messi has never won any major trophy for his country, Argentina until 2021 when he captained the senior team of the country to win the Copa America. At a point citizens of Argentina became pissed for the legend not living to expectations. But Messi finally proved them wrong when Argentina beat Brazil in the Copa America finals to win title

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11. Lionel Messi has won 7 Ballon d’Or titles

The Argentine won 7 ballon d’Or awards since its inception, making him the highest player in history to win such a prestigious award. His all time football rival, Cristiano Ronaldo won 5

10. He was part of Barcelona “Baby Dream Team”. The team was Barcelona’s greatest ever youth club

9. Ronaldinho recognised the potential in Messi

Former Barcelona forward, Ronaldinho saw much potential and greatness in Lionel Messi. One day after a usual training session, Ronaldinho told his colleagues including Messi that he was going to become one of the greatest in the history of football. He never lied about that. He calls Messi his little brother

8. Messi was nick named the ‘Messiah’ of football when he was just 20years old. He was named by Spanish media after his incredible performances

7. Messi became captain for the Argentina National team in 2011. He led the team to manor tournaments

6. Messidependencia was created to show his importance to Barcelona

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Because of how the club performed in 2013 during his injury, the term Messidependencia was adopted to outline his significance for Barcelona

5. Messi and Roccuzzo had known each other at age 5

Messi and his wife had been childhood friends. They have been friends at the age of 5. Both were officially in relationship since 2008 when Messi was only 20. She is the cousin of Messi’s childhood friend

4. He ones announced retirement from the Argentina National team after missing a penalty shootout in Copa America finals with Chile. There was a huge campaign from Argentines for him to return. He then reversed his decision

3. Messi won the FIFA Ballon d’Or for the fith time on January 11, 2016

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2. He renewed his contract with Barcelona on May 19, 2014. The new deal increased his salary to €36 million before taxes, making him the highest wage ever in the history of sports

1. Messi suffered growth hormone deficiency. The situation stopped his normal growth rate when he was young. He was just 11. His parents couldn’t afford his treatment bills of $900 every month. The family later arranged with Barcelona in September 2000. His first performance impressed the team director who got him signed immediately. Because there was no paper at hand, he wrote his first contract on a napkin

source: News247gh.com

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