Top 12 Lesser-known Facts About Lionel Messi

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<ul><li><p>8/13/2019 Top 12 Lesser-known Facts About Lionel Messi</p><p> 1/8</p><p>11/23/13 Top 12 lesser-known facts about Lionel Messi | Sportskeeda</p><p></p><p>Top 12 lesser-known facts about Lionel Messi</p><p>Top 5 / Top 10 Football / La LigaRated - Epic</p><p>17 users voted 4.6/5</p><p>Home</p><p>Football</p><p>LaLiga</p><p>Real Madrid CF Football</p><p>Barcelona Football</p><p>Atletico Madrid Football</p><p>Malaga CF Football</p><p>Valencia CF Football</p><p>Athletic Bilbao Football</p><p>Sevilla FC Football</p><p>Poll</p><p>Quiz</p><p>Forums</p><p>Configure</p><p>5</p></li><li><p>8/13/2019 Top 12 Lesser-known Facts About Lionel Messi</p><p> 2/8</p><p>11/23/13 Top 12 lesser-known facts about Lionel Messi | Sportskeeda</p><p></p><p>UtsavFootball Fan</p><p>Follow</p><p>Lionel Messi</p><p>Everybody in the world at present is familiar about Barcelonas Lionel Messiand it is not a secret</p><p>that most of the records and trophies in the footballing fraternity are at his disposal. Messi recently</p><p>won his third Golden Boot Award from the European Sports Media for being the highest scorer in the</p><p>2012-13 campaign. Therefore, I take this opportunity to highlight some of the lesser known facts</p><p>about La Pulga (he is commonly addressed by his Barca team-mates as La Pulga or the flea).</p><p>1) Messis roots</p><p>It is very well known that Messi has been born and brought up in Rosario, Argentina, before he</p><p>moved to Catalan giants Barcelona. But it is not well known that his original roots were in Italy. Hisancestor had moved from Italy to Argentina a long time ago and as a result Messi plays for the</p><p>Argentine national team!</p><p>2) Messis first club</p><p>Some of our very new generation of football fans may think that Leos first club is Barcelona. Others</p><p>believe that Messi originated from Newells Old Boys, an Argentine football club based on his home</p><p>town Rosario. But even before that, Messi made his football debut in a lesser known local club called</p><p>Grandoli whose coach was none other than his own father Jorge!</p><p>3) Turbulent childhood</p><p>Nov 22 2013 1200 0</p><p>Press Left or Right arrow keys to browse more Football articles</p></li><li><p>8/13/2019 Top 12 Lesser-known Facts About Lionel Messi</p><p> 3/8</p><p>11/23/13 Top 12 lesser-known facts about Lionel Messi | Sportskeeda</p><p></p><p>Messi was not very healthy and nutritious in his childhood days like the other boys around. He was</p><p>diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency which was stopping his normal growth rate at a tender</p><p>age of 11.</p><p>4) Messis first big club offer</p><p>It is very well-known that when Messi was playing for Newells, Barcelona showed interest in Messi</p><p>and Messi moved to Catalonia subsequently. But even before that, the first competitive club to show</p><p>interest in Messi was none other than Argentinas popular club River Plate. They could not obtain</p><p>his services because they did not risk paying for his expensive medical treatment for his growth</p><p>syndrome.</p><p>5) Messis contract for FC Barcelona</p><p>Messi had relatives in Catalonia and when he was diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency and</p><p>River Plate refused to fund him for its treatment, FC Barcelona sporting director at that time, came</p><p>to know about it. Messi was given a chance for a trial for the team. A contract was made wherein</p><p>Leos expenses would be covered by the club but in turn Messi was required to move to Spain. The</p><p>funny thing is that, due to the absence of any formal papers, the contract was made on a piece ofnapkin!</p><p>6) Messis nature</p><p>Leo has been a very shy person right from his childhood and this trait continues to be in tact even</p><p>now. Supposedly it is very difficult to make him talk on the phone. Most the important messages that</p><p>have to be delivered to him and received from him take place through SMS.</p><p>7) Foodie</p><p>Messi used to be a food lover and addict in his initial days at Barcelona and his unbalanced diet</p><p>resulted in the lack of his regular presence at the highest level. When Guardiola became Barcas</p><p>manager, he found out about it and engaged a physiotherapist to take care of Messi. He also</p><p>reportedly removed the Coke vending machine from the training center which was utilized mostly by</p><p>Leo.</p><p>8) Me ssis celebration</p><p>Many people like the calm and composed celebration which Leo does, which is concluded by the</p><p>rise of both hands in the air. This gesture is to thank and pay tribute to his grandmother who was</p><p>very close to him and passed away when he was 10. Leo believes she is up there and watching her</p><p>from above and this is his way of showing that he would always be grateful to her.</p><p>9) Me ssis hobbies</p><p>Leo does not like to go outside and socialize much, unlike the other people of his generation. His</p><p>most favourite things outside football is sleeping, eating, and of course, PlayStation. He tried</p><p>watching the TV shows Lost and Prison Break but left them midway as he felt the story is too</p><p>perplexing. Now that he is a father, he loves taking care of his son Thiago and spending time with</p><p>him. According to him, he gets the greatest feeling in the world when his son laughs at him and</p><p>acknowledges him when he comes back home after a long day. What father would not!</p></li><li><p>8/13/2019 Top 12 Lesser-known Facts About Lionel Messi</p><p> 4/8</p><p>11/23/13 Top 12 lesser-known facts about Lionel Messi | Sportskeeda</p><p></p><p>Repor t Error</p><p>Before declaring about his girlfriend openly to the media in 2009, Leo was linked to a few women.</p><p>Before the 2006 World Cup, he got injured and had come for recovery in his hometown. At that time,</p><p>he was linked to hometown girl Macarena Lemos romantically. Besides this, he has also been linked</p><p>to Luciana Salazar, a model of Argentina.</p><p>11) Footballing legacy</p><p>Messi comes from a family consisting of footballers. While father Jorge used to be a coach of a</p><p>football club, he has cousins and relatives who are footballers. He has a cousin Maxi who plays for</p><p>Club Olympia in Paraguay. Another cousin Emanuel Biancucci plays for Girona FC. It has also been</p><p>found out that ex-Barcelona player Bojan Krkicmight be distantly related to him.</p><p>12) Me ssis contributions towards charity</p><p>Messi established the Leo Messi Foundation in 2007. It deals with taking care of underprivileged</p><p>and unhealthy children and funding them for their travel, treatment and other expenses. 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