Lionel Messi can be considered one of the best world football players. Messi received the Olympic champion title in 2008, and was the Argentina national team captain in 2011. So what was at the beginning of the famous Argentinean fabulous career? Lionel Andrés Messi was born on June 24, 1987 in the large city of Rosario in Santa Fe province, Argentina. The famous football player was brought up in more than a modest family: his mother was a housekeeper, father worked at the factory. There were 4 children in the family- 3 boys (Lionel was the youngest) and a girl.
Lionel made his first steps in football at 5 years old. Little Leo played in the “Grandolini” amateur football team, where his father coached during his free time from the main job.
And once Lionel turned 10 years old, he became a real star of the Newells Old Boys club. However, he was diagnosed with an awful illness, a growth hormone deficiency (GHD). The career of a young football player could end leaving no chances for the future. But Leo’s father decided to use the only chance to cure his son.
It was necessary to spend about 1000 USD on expensive medicines every month in order for him to grow. It turned out an unbearable sum for the Messi’s family. Local football clubs could not pay for the young football player’s treatment, so his father took the boy for a trial to Barcelona, Spain.
Barcelona president Carles Rexach was fascinated by the young talent. So a 13-year-old Lionel got into the Blaugranas u-13 squad. The club paid all bills for the necessary treatment. The famous player’s career was saved. As it turned out, Barcelona did the right choice. Lionel Messi scored 4 goals in the first game already. The footballer is very gratitude to the club until nowadays. The best world football teams are ready to give tens of millions for his transfer. However, Messi is still the most loyal Barcelona player. Leo became a regular Barça player in November 2003. He was famous worldwide by that time. Messi made his debut in the official match against Espanyol in 2004. The Argentine scored his first goal for Barcelona in 2005, when he was only 17 years old.
Messi is one of the most expensive world players. He costs as 8 DPRK national teams, his salary is over €33 million a year. The world’s richest football player can remember his poor childhood with a smile now. He was awarded the Spain champion title 6 times in Barcelona. Leo at the same time continues to defend the colors of the Argentina national team. Messi is the first footballer in the sports history, who received the Golden Ball 4 times.
He looks to the sky after each goal, as he dedicates his victory to a dead grandmother. She was the one to advise his father to take Leo to the football section.
Messi is still a calm and modest young man despite the incredible career. The journalists managed to find out only about his 3 romantic relationships, and the last one turned into a family relations. At first Messi had a short relationship with the Argentine model Luciana Salazar until 2009. Then he dated with his compatriot, Makarena Lemos. Leo meets his true love, Antonella Rokuzzo, in 2009. They knew each other when Leo was a 5-year-old boy. Antonella’s cousin was a good friend of Leo.
Lionel and Antonella became parents three years later, in 2011. Messi reported the pleasant news to his fans right on the football field. The football player set the ball under the jersey, imitating the pregnancy at the World Cup 2014 match.
The baby was born in the Barcelona’s clinic 9 months later. He was named Thiago. Messi made a tattoo with a picture of his son’s hands and name on the left leg.
Messi is very active in charity work. Thus, he paid for the treatment of a Moroccan kid, who suffered from a growth hormone deficiency. The disease which nearly killed the Lionel’s career in his childhood. The sportsman also donated €600 thousand for the children’s hospital reconstruction in his native city of Rosario. Messi had a terrible disease at the start of his career. However, he overcame it by an undeniable talent and belief in success. The footballer truly deserved the title of one of the world’s best players.
“We are waiting for you, baby. We love you!” – Messi signed this photo in such a way.
In the photo: Messi’s wife Antonella and their firstborn Thiago. The couple had a second son, Mateo Messi, on September 11, 2015
Lionel Messi and Antonella Rokuzzo with the sons, Mateo and Thiago.
Lionel Messi with the sons, Thiago and Mateo