Lionel Andres Messi is a Football (soccer) player with FC Barcelona and the Argentina National team. Lionel Messi established records for goals scored and won individual awards that route to worldwide recognition as one of the world’s best players in Football.
Lionel Messi was born on June 24, 1987 in Rosario, the province, of Santa Fe, Argentina. Messi shares his birthday month, and the city with the Argentinian revolutionary Che Guevera. Lionel Messi and the Argentinian revolutionary Che Guevara have a lot of common traits in between them; from having the same birthplace, that is Rosario, the biggest town in the province of Santa Fe, Argentina. Also, they have the same birthday month which is June.
2 Messi was Once Offered a Chance to Play for the Spanish National Team but He Said No
Lionel Messi was selected by the Royal Spanish Football Federation to join the Spanish Football Team. Messi bluntly refused the offer. To stop further pursuits, the Argentine Football Association organized two under-20 friendlies just so that they can finalize Lionel Messi’s status as an Argentine player in FIFA. Messi always wanted to wear the blue-and-white of Argentina.
3 Messi is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. He Also Works in Support of People Suffering from Fragile X Syndrome Which is a Kind of Autism
On 11 March 2010, it was announced that Lionel Messi would be one of the goodwill ambassadors for UNICEF, a partnership that’s supported by FC Barcelona, who have had a powerful association with UNICEF. Messi’s main role is to aim at supporting children’s rights. Messi donated a huge amount of €600,000 for the renovation of a children’s hospital in his hometown of Rosario, Argentina.
4 Whenever Messi Scores a Goal, His Simple Celebration of Raising His Arms in the Air is a Gesture of Gratitude to His Grandmother Who Passed Away When He Was 10
Lionel Messi’s grandmother was the reason for his love for football. Messi’s grandmother kick-started his talents in a way by asking the coach to field Messi for Newell’s Old Boys at his age of 5. So Messi has never forgotten his grandmother and dedicates all his goals to his grandma. Messi believes his grandma is watching him above and is the reason for all his success.
5 At 11, Messi Was Diagnosed With a Growth Hormone Deficiency Which Was Stopping His Normal Growth Rate. His Parents Could Not Afford His Treatment, Which Was 900 USD Per Month
Messi was diagnosed with Growth Hormone Deficiency (GHD) at the age of 11, the syndrome that played a big role in reducing his body height. Messi’s treatment cost was $900 a month and his family was not financially up for affordable this treatment cost all those years ago. FC Barcelona who intervened and, knowing Messi’s potential, it wasn’t long until he was called for a trial at the club. The FC Barcelona club then offered to pay Messi’s medical bills on the condition that he moved to Spain.
6 Messi Was Part of the “Baby Dream Team,” Which Was Barcelona’s Greatest-ever Youth Side
Lionel Messi was a part of the ‘Baby Dream Team’, Barcelona’s greatest-ever youth side team. During Messi’s first full season with Baby Dream Team, Messi was the top scorer with 36 goals in 30 games.
7 Messi Received the Guinness World Records Title for Most Goals Scored in a Calendar Year
He received the Guinness World Records title for many goals scored in a calendar year. The records registered within the Guinness World Records in Lionel Messi’s name are ” Most appearances on a video game cover by a soccer player, Youngest Player to score 50 goals in the Champions League, Highest Annual Earnings for a Footballer, most appearances in LaLiga by a foreign player, Most Goals scored by a substitute in a Copa America Match and For the most goals in a UEFA Champions League Match”.