Happy Birthday Lionel Messi: Lionel Messi was born as Luis Lionel Andres Messi on 24 June 1987 in Rosari, Argentina. Comes from a humble background one of the greatest footballers in the world. In fact, when he was diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency at age 11, his parents were unable to afford his treatment, which cost $900 a month. He could be treated only after signing a contract with FC Barcelona and moving to Spain. The football club had given money for his treatment.
In terms of his personal life, Messi is happily married to Antonella Roccuzzo since 2017. They have 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 footballer has made generous contributions to many noble causes.
On his birthday today, take a look at some lesser known facts about him:
- The footballer is also known as ‘The Flea’ for his agility and speed.
- Messi is one of the richest football players in the world.
- Barcelona’s first team director, Carles Rexach, was so impressed with his skills that he immediately signed him. Since no paper was available at that time, the contract was written on a tissue paper.
- Messi made his FC Barcelona debut in 2003 in a match against RCD Espanyol. He was 17 at the time and the third youngest person to play for Barcelona. Not only this, he was also the youngest player to score for the club.
- He has two passports. Since he is a citizen of Argentina and Spain. He took Spanish citizenship in 2005.
- Messi inherited the Barcelona jersey number 10 from the iconic footballer Ronaldinho in 2008.
- The footballer won his first FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2009.
- The ace player was approached by the Royal Spanish Football Federation to join the Spanish football team, but they declined the offer.
- He founded the Leo Messi Foundation which aims to provide the best education and health facilities to the children.
- After moving out of Barcelona, Messi plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).
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