Happy birthday Lionel Messi: Lionel Messi was born as Luis Lionel Andres Messi on June 24, 1987 in Rosari, Argentina. One of the greatest footballers in the world comes from a humble background. In fact, at the age of eleven when he was diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency, his parents were unable to afford the $900 per month treatment. He could only undergo treatment after he signed a contract with FC Barcelona and moved to Spain. The football club paid for his treatment.
Regarding his personal life, Messi is happily married to Antonella Roccuzzo since 2017. The duo is blessed with three sons – Thiago Messi, Ciro Messi and Matteo Messi. He is not only a great player but also a great human being at heart. The football player made generous contributions to many noble causes.
On his birthday today, here is a look at some lesser known facts about him:
- The soccer player is also known as “The Flea” due to his agility and speed.
- Messi is one of the richest footballers in the world.
- Barcelona first team manager Karles Rexach was so impressed with his skills that he immediately signed him. Since there was no paper available at that moment, the contract was written on tissue paper.
- Messi made his debut for FC Barcelona in 2003 in a match against Espanyol. He was 17 years old at the time and was the third youngest player to ever play for Barcelona. Not only because he was also the youngest player to score for the club.
- He has two passports. He is a citizen of Argentina and Spain. He obtained Spanish citizenship in 2005.
- Messi inherited Barcelona’s No. 10 shirt from famous footballer Ronaldinho in 2008.
- The footballer won the first FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2009.
- The Royal Spanish Football Federation had approached the talented player to join the Spanish football team but denied the offer.
- He founded the Leo Messi Foundation, which aims to provide children with the best education and healthcare facilities.
- After moving from Barcelona, Messi plays as a striker for French club Paris Saint-Germain (Paris Saint-Germain).
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