Lionel Messi is one of the best football players in the world. He is the captain of Barcelona and also the Argentina national team. He is Los Cules’s top scorer in history.
Here’s the fact about Messi that not many people know.
1. Growth hormone deficiency
As a child, Messi suffered from a lack of growth hormone, which resulted in reduced growth and a number of other health complications. To overcome this problem, he had to inject himself with growth hormone by sticking a needle into his leg at night for a period of three years. the treatment is quite expensive because it costs around USD 1500 per month.
2. Lionel Messi’s first ever Barcelona contract was written on a napkin, not on paper.
Messi’s first contract in Barcelona was written on a napkin, not on paper. Messi, at the age of 13, caught the attention of the Barcelona technical secretary at the time and decided to sign him. Finally the paper was searched, but there were napkins because they were in a Tennis Club.
3. Favorite Food
Messi likes the simple but delicious food, Milanesa Napolitana. It is an Argentinian dish made from cheese, onions and tomatoes. In addition, her mother stated that he really liked schnitzel which was cooked with a sauce made using onions, tomatoes, oregano, and pepper.
4. Signed a contract with Barcelona
Messi signed a contract with Barcelona and the Barcelona manager had to recruit physiotherapy staff to overcome the growth hormone deficiency. At one time when he was in Barcelona, Messi was offered the opportunity to play for the Spanish U-20 national team. However, he refused the offer because he was from Argentina.
5. His debut with the Argentina national team only lasted less than 2 minutes.
Lionel Messi’s debut for the Argentine national team came when he was 18 in August 2005. He became a substitute in the 65th minute of the match against Hungary. Unfortunately, his debut lasted less than a minute because he was involved in the incident with Hungarian footballer Vilmos Vanczak, with the result that he got a red card for elbowing – while Vanczak got a yellow card for pulling a jersey. It was very disappointing for Messi.
6. UNICEF Ambassador
UNICEF is part of the United Nations that specializes in helping children by running programs for children and promoting children’s rights throughout the world. In 2010, Messi was appointed as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, which meant that he had a great influence on working by promoting a very important agenda. This can be seen in how he has visited Argentina, Haiti and Costa Rica to raise awareness about the life or death problems faced by children in the world. Further evidence of Messi’s support for the UNICEF mission can be seen from donating money to children’s hospitals in his home city: Rosario.
7. Have Children
Lionel Messi is married to Antonella Roccuzzo. From that marriage was born Thiago Messi, Mateo Messi Roccuzzo, and Ciro Messi Roccuzzo. Thiago followed in the footsteps of Messi. Because of Messi’s reputation, it is not surprising that a number of football clubs were attracted to his sons since birth. Old Boys Odell is a club interested not more than 72 hours after the birth of Messi’s son in 2012.
Messi has tattoos from several family members on his body. For example, he has the face of his mother, Celia, which is tattooed on his left shoulder. Likewise, he has the name and print of his son’s hand on his left calf, although often hidden by the long socks he wore during a soccer match.
9. All-time Top Scorers
Messi broke the record in 2012 by scoring 86 amazing goals in a year. This Messi’s achievements beat the previous record, which was carried out by Gerd Mueller in 1972 with 85 goals in the same time frame. This is what makes Messi called the all-time top scorer.
10. European Golden Shoe
Messi won three European Golden Shoe awards, which were handed over to top scorers in Europe’s top leagues.
11. FIFA Ballon d’Or
Lionel Messi has won five times the FIFA Ballon d’Or, with three consecutive wins from 2010 to 2012 and fifth 2015. The Ballon d’Or is given to the best footballers in each year.