Lionel Andres “Leo” Messi Cuccittini is believed by some to be the ultimate footballer in the world. Yes, yes we know not everyone will agree and will remind us that he is currently ranked number 2 in the world. Even then one must not forget the incredible talent that this man has. Give Messi a football and watch the magic that unfolds.
Check here some lesser known facts about Messi.
1. Youngest Player to be nominated for FIFA World Player of the Year
He was nominated in 2008 but didn’t win. The following four years were a different story.
2. First Player to win the FIFA World Player of the Year 4 year in a row
He won his first golden ball at the age of 22. The next three years he kept on winning them.
3. Diagnosed with Growth Hormone Deficiency Syndrome
diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency when he was 11. Little Leo was so much into the game, that even then, all he cared about was “Will it stop me from playing football”. His parents were unable to pay for all his treatments. Even then, he never let that stop him; once he was noticed by Barcelona, he was offered to pay for his treatments.
4. Most Hat-Tricks scored in Barcelona
Not only has this talented footballer achieved one hat-trick, he has accomplished this 30 times. Mind blowing.
5. Messi met his life partner at the age of 5.
Messi will get married to Antonella Roccuzzo who is also his childhood friend, on 30th of June 2017. Messi knew her from the age of five and are a great couple. The surprising thing is that Messi and Antonella aren’t married but have 2 kids Thiago Messi and Mateo Messi.
6. First in the World to win 3 European Golden Shoe Awards
Lionel Messi was the first player to win the award three times and has won the award a co-record four times shared with Cristiano Ronaldo
7. Thiago is already in line to play for Newell’s Old Boys
Already showing signs of following in his father’s footsteps, Thiago’s first contract was signed when he was only 72 hours old.
8. Messi the amazing Philanthropist
Messi is not in the media only for his actions on the field but also off the field. Messi has given back to the kids around the world. He is an ambassador for UNICEF. The man is unbelievable.
9. Messi holds the record for highest number of goals in a single year
In 2012, Messi scored 91 goals which is the highest by any football player in a single year.
10. His first match lasted for less than a minute
Within the first 48 seconds of being on the field, Messi was red carded for elbowing.