30 Interesting Facts Everyone Should Know About Lionel Messi| Lionel Messi Skills
Lionel Messi is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentina National Team. Facts about Lionel Messi doesn’t stay hidden for long given, he is one of the best players to have ever graced the game. He has almost won everything that is there to win for a footballer, leaving out a FIFA World Cup of course. From scoring a hand of goal to sharing his birthday with Argentine Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara, there are many things the world doesn’t know about the 26-year old forward. Below you will find Lionel Messi Skill and tricks and also facts. The Facts you don’t know about Lionel Messi- The Magician are as follows
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His family is of middle-class Italian origin. His father, Jorge, was a steelworker, and he also coached the local youth football team.
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Messi was not very healthy and nutritious in his childhood days like the other boys around. He was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency which was stopping his normal growth rate at a tender age of 11. His parents could not afford his treatment, which was $900 a month.
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At the age of 17, he made his league debut against RCD Espanyol and became the third youngest person ever to play on Barcelona. At that time he was also the youngest player to ever score for Barcelona.
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Messi’s first contract with Barcelona was detailed out on a paper napkin! FC Barcelona sporting director Carles Rexach was so impressed with Messi’s skills that he wanted to make a contract immediately and there was no paper available at that time.
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Barcelona was so impressed with Messi’s footskills that they offered to pay his medical bills and move the family to Spain just to sign him when he was 13. That probably explains why the contract was first signed on a napkin.
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During the 2005-2006 season, Messi began being paid as a first team member.
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Messi holds two passports – Argentina’s and Spain’s. He became a Spanish citizen in September 2005.
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Lionel Messi also made his debut in the Spanish First Division league. Out of his seventeen League appearances he scored six goals. He scored one goal in six for the Champions League.
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His 2005 international debut lasted 47 seconds when he received a red card after coming on as a substitute.
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He won an Olympic gold medal, along with the Argentinian football team, at the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing.
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Messi inherited the No. 10 Barca jersey from another great footballer Ronaldinho in the summer of 2008.
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In 2009, he won his first Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards. He followed this up by winning the inaugural FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2010, and then again in 2011 and 2012.
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Messi has won six La Ligas, two Copas del Rey, five Supercopas de España, three UEFA Champions Leagues, two UEFA Super Cups and two Club World Cups.
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Along with England’s Vivian Woodward (who accomplished the feat in the early 1900s), Messi is the only player to have scored 25 goals in a calendar year during international competition with both his club and his country.
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Clearly, impressive soccer skills runs in his family. Lionel’s cousins Emanuel and Maxi Biancucchi both play for solid clubs in South America, although neither had made the leap to a premier club or senior national team.
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Lionel Messi is the second richest soccer player in the world with a net worth of $180 million. The most wealthiest is Cristiano Ronaldo who is worth $230 million.
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Messi has been featured on the covers of the Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 video games. He and Fernando Torres are the faces of the Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 video game and helped out with the trailer and motion capturing.
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Messi is not only a great soccer player, but he’s a really good person. Messi is the founder of the organization, Leo Messi Foundation, which helps give children the best opportunities for education and health care. His foundation, with the help of Herbalife, helps to pay for medical treatment, transportation and recuperation for children diagnosed with major medical problems.
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He also works for people suffering from Fragile X Syndrome (a disease related to autism).
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On March 2013, Lionel Messi donated €600,000 ($812,000) towards the refurbishment of a children’s hospital in his hometown of Rosario, Argentina. The money was used to renovate the oncology unit at the Victor J Vilela Children’s Hospital, as well as paying for doctors to travel to Barcelona for training
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Messi was was the first Argentinian ever to be named FIFA World Player of the Year, not Diego Maradona. However, this is due to a technicality because the award was created in 1991, at which point Maradona had begun his downward spiral after he peaked in the 1986 World Cup.
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His infant son is already an official member of the Newell’s Old Boys’ supporters club. When Messi’s son Thiago was just 72 hours old, Newell’s Old Boys which was Messi’s original club, was first in line and managed to sign the infant to a supporters club contract.
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Messi has also dated a hometown girl Macarena Lemos and has also been linked to Luciana Salazar, a model of Argentina.
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Messi is a devout Roman Catholic and he met Pope francis at the Vatican in 2013. “Without a doubt, today was one of the most special days of my life. We have to excel on and off the field,” Messi said about the meeting.
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Messi is the first football player in history to win four FIFA/Ballons d’Or, all of which he won consecutively, as well as the first to win three European Golden Shoe awards
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Messi has been a very shy person right from his childhood and this trait continues to until even now. Apparently, it is very difficult to make him talk on the phone. Most the important messages that have to be delivered to him and received from him take place through SMS.
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After scoring a goal, Messi typically celebrates in a calm and composed manner by simply raising both hands in the air. This gesture is to thank and pay tribute to his grandmother who was very close to him and passed away when he was 10. Messi believes she is up there and watching her from above and this is his way of showing that he would always be grateful to her.
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Lionel Messi does not like to watch highlights of himself.
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Japanese jeweller Ginza Takana used a cast of Messi’s left foot to create a solid gold replica, weighing 25 kilograms (55 lb), which went on sale in Japan in March 2013 to raise funds for victims of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. It was valued at $5.25 million.
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had a growth hormone deficiency problem as a boy, most wealthiest soccer player of 2014
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