Lionel Messi is an outstanding Argentinian soccer player in the world. He plays for FC Barlelona and has achieved numerous awards including; Marca Legend Award In 2009, Most Balloons d’Ors in 2009-12 and 2015, 4 times Man of the Match awards in FIFA World Cup 2014, 3 European Golden Shoe Awards etc. He has an amazingly endless achievements and that’s what made him much loved and popular across the world. Still there are many of his fans who don’t know much about him. In this post, we are going to explore interesting facts about Lionel Messi, that you might don’t know. Take a look!
Spanish Soccer Team Asked Him To Play For Them
Lionel Messi was asked by the Spanish national team to play for them because he holds the passports of both Argentina and Spain. Certainly, he turned down the opportunity to play for them because he gives more priority being a Argentinian, despite of spending many years in Spain. However, as he refused to join them, Spain still managed to get good ranks in the game without him. One of his best interesting facts that you might don’t know about.
He Was Diagnosed With Growth Hormone Deficiency
At the age of 11, Messi was diagnosed with Growth Hormone Deficiency which definitely revealed that he’ll be unable to grow at the normal growth-rate. His family spent a lot of money for his treatment, but suddenly, Messi performed outstandingly in trials for Barcelona, and then, the club offered to pay for his treatment. The treatment worked well, took 3 years period overall, but even though, Messi remains the most smaller player in the world with the height of 5’6″. It’s one of Messi’s top interesting facts.
Leading Goal Scorer Of 2012
The year 2012 was proved to be quite amazing for Lionel Messi that he scored 86 goals in the whole calendar year. He scored 56 goals in La Liga, 3 goals in Copa del Rey, 13 goals in Champions League and 2 goals in Spanish Super Cup. He scored some more goals for the national team and in total he scored 86 goals in 2012. Quiet an amazing forward player he is.
His Son, Thiago Messi, Is Already Signed By Newell’s Old Boys’ Club
Lionel Messi’s son, Thiago Messi, became the highest attraction for numerous clubs even before he was born. Thiago was just 3 days old, when his grandfather, Jorge, negotiated with the Newell’s Old Boys’ Club for setting up his contract. Officials of the club travelled to Europe to sign the documentation for the little-master, along with the replica kit with new born’s name and Lionel Messi’s iconic number printed on the back of it. Apparently, 20-months old Thiago Messi, is showcasing his family-talent, kicking a ball on Italian beach.
His First Contract Was Signed On Paper-Napkin
Being so impressed with the performance of Lionel Messi, the coach of Barcelona Carles Rexach didn’t wanted to waste any time signing him up. So, he didn’t wasted his time searching for a proper paper to write the contract, instead he found the paper-napkin and written Messi’s contract. It was the most important paper-napkin ever exists that brought a huge change in the world of soccer.
He Supports Numerous Charities With His Leo Messi Foundation
Lionel Messi is not just popular because of his on-pitch performances, but also because of what he does off-the-pitch. He has got much fame and wealth that he uses to help those who are less-fortunate. Most noticeably, he established Leo Messi Foundation in 2007, through which he helps children to attain good education and medical care. He also is a Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF.
His Debut Lasted For 47 Seconds
This one is of a very little known interesting facts about Lionel Messi. Going on a debut, a player must feel joy and pride about performing in front of the whole world, representing the national team. However, Lionel Messi’s football debut turned out to be the worst of all-time. Just 47 seconds of his arrival to the pitch, he was sent off the pitch by a red card that he got penalized for elbowing Vilmos Vanczak. Really worst! It was later reported that Lionel Messi was found crying in the changing room.
24 Years Old Lionel Messi Became All-Time Leading Scorer Of Barcelona
At the age of 24 years olds, in 2012, Messi became the all-time leading scorer for Barcelona in all the competitions at club-level. Lionel Messi’s tremendous record of speaks it all about his talent. He achieved the record of being all-time leading scorer for Barcelona, in just 8 seasons, while the previous record that he surpassed was held by Cesar Rodriguez of 232 goals (he achieved in 13 seasons) that remained unbroken for 57 years. Now it seems entirely impossible for anyone to break Messi’s grand record of goal-scoring. One of the amazing and interesting facts!
That’s all for now! These interesting facts about Lionel Messi are very little known, and so if you are a fan of Lionel Messi, you should know about his facts as well.
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