The Argentine Lionel Andre’s popularly known as “Leo” Messi whose career has spanned a period of 13 years, is no doubt one of the most admired footballers right now by football lovers across the globe.
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* Messi was born on June 24, 1987.
* He was born and raised in central Rosario, Argentina.
* He’s third of four children of Jorge Messi.
* His father is a steel factory manager, and his wife Celia Cuccittini worked in a magnet manufacturing workshop.
*Messi grew up in a tight-knit football loving family
* At the age of four, he joined Local club Grandoli, where he was coached by his father.
* His earliest influence as a player came from his grandmother, Celia who accompanied him to training and matches.
* He was greatly affected by her death shortly before his eleventh birthday. Since then, as a devout Catholic, he has celebrated his goals by looking up and pointing to the sky in tribute to his grandmother.
* Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency as a child at age of 13.
* He relocated to Spain to join Barcelona, which agreed to pay his medical treatment.
* After a fast progression through Barcelona’s youth academy, Messi made his competitive debut aged 17 in October 2004.
* He was the one that helped Barcelona to achieve the first treble in Spanish football.
* He played forward position for Argentina.
* He played 10 in Barcelona.
* In his history, he’s the only player that won five FIFA Ballon d’ Or awards, which he won consecutively and a record-tying four European Golden shoes.
* He has won 29 trophies with Barcelona, including eight La Liga titles four UEFA champions league titles and five Copas DEI Ray.
He has obtained many Honours, such as Representing Argentina, South American U-20 Championship, winner of 25 Netherlands and much more.
*Messi is both a prolific goalscorer and a creative playmaker.
*He has held the records for most official goals scored in La Liga he scored (360 goals), a La Liga season (50 goals), a club football season in Europe (73 goals), a calendar year is (91 goals), as well as those for most assists made in La Liga (139goals)and the coper American (11goals).
*All this have made he scored over 600 senior career goals for club and country.
*He has been in relationship when he was 20, with Antonella Roccuzzo, a fellow native of Rosario.
*Messi and Roccuzzo have two sons: Thiago (who was born on November 2, 2012) and Mateo (2015)
*On June 30, 2017, he married Roccuzzo legally.
– Shukurat Alimi for encomium.ng