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Lionel Messi... the Argentine "puce" who came to the world

 Lionel Messi, Argentine footballer, was born in 1987 and moved to Spain at the age of 13, after FC Barcelona agreed to pay his treatment costs because he suffered from a hormonal imbalance. The “magic left foot” has become a problem. star and achieved many records in football. He has scored goals and won individual awards, as he is ranked among the best in history, and won the World Cup at the 2022 Qatar World Cup with the Argentina national team.

His fame reached new heights and he helped make FC Barcelona one of the best football teams in the world. He participated in the World Cup with his country, Argentina, and dazzled the world with his playing, dribbling and scoring skills. Some compared him to stars Diego Maradona and Pelé, and others considered him the best footballer in the world.

The 35-year-old Argentine striker, "The Flea", aspired to win the World Cup for the first time in the history of his footballing career, in his fifth participation in the World Cup, having participated in all 4 previous editions in the years 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018. He was able to win the cup and realize the dream of his football career. His country's dream, which has been waiting since 1986, is to win the cup for the third time.

The captain of the "Tango" team and French player of Paris Saint-Germain confirmed that the last match against France in Qatar is the last match he will play in the World Cup, in order to win his first world title after having won every title possible. with his country's national team and the clubs he participated with.

Birth and education

Lionel Andreas Messi was born on June 24, 1987 in the town of Rosary (a town of slums and rural homes) in Argentina, into a Catholic Christian family whose origins trace back to an Italian town called Port and Recanati, located in the state of Maserata.

He is the third child of Jorge Messi, who was a department head in a steel factory and coach of the city's local team, and his mother is Celia Maria Cuccittini, who was a worker in a magnet manufacturing workshop.

Messi was very attached to his grandmother and was known for his intense love for her. After his previous goals, his grandmother was almost the only one who believed in his abilities and talent despite his small size and weakness. build, and it was she who pushed her family to buy her shoes to play football.

Asked about his fondest memories, he said: “The first time I went to play football with my grandmother, he considered her death as one of the saddest moments of his life. »

He is known to enjoy listening to quartet music (any musical work performed jointly by four people in a group) and cumbia. He also likes to play the guitar and, apart from football, he usually plays handball.

Messi's mother said that her son's favorite dish was chicken in sauce, in addition to her great love for chocolate, especially fakhor (a traditional caramel cookie in Argentina), which she makes sure to take with her her during her trip to Barcelona. meet him. She added that her son's coach, when he was young, prepared this meal for him in case he scored a goal.

In 2014, Argentina's Rosario province issued a law banning newborn babies from being named after Messi, after large waves of requests to register newborns named after the Argentina national team star.

study and training

Messi's teacher, Monica Domina, who taught him the first three years of primary school at the Las Heras school, confirmed that he was not diligent in his studies, although his level was acceptable, because he had difficulty in reading, so much so that she advised his mother to take him to a speech therapist, but on the other hand, his level improved somewhat in the rest of the subjects.

She said: “He was a quiet, kind and shy child, and I had never seen a shy student like him throughout my professional life. He spoke little and did not take the initiative to speak, and he sat quietly in his seat at the back of the class." His classmates called him "Becky" (meaning the little fruit), because that he was the smallest student.

He did not like languages ​​or mathematics, but he was good at physical education and the arts, and he emphasized that if he had not been a player, he would have been a physical education teacher.

his personal life

In addition to Messi's professional football, Leo Messi was interested in charity work and established a charitable foundation in his name which works to provide education and healthcare to children, especially as he suffered in his childhood, and was appointed in March 2010 as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

In July 2016, a Spanish court sentenced Messi and his father Jorge to 21 months in prison for tax fraud and a fine of 3.7 million euros (about four million dollars at the time).

The trial opened at the end of May 2016. He and his father, who manages his financial affairs, were accused of tax evasion amounting to four million euros (estimated at the time at 4.5 million dollars) between 2007 and 2009.

Tax authorities say the player and his father pretended to sell Messi's image rights to shell companies set up in tax havens in Belize and Uruguay.

Start of football

Messi began playing in the streets of the neighborhood where he lived with his father and two brothers since the age of three. In Argentina, this game was called “playing dialogue”. His father said of the moment: “We were amazed when we saw it. his abilities. It was the first time he played.

Messi's grandmother took her two older brothers every Tuesday and Thursday to a physical education center where Salvador Aparicio, who trained hundreds of children in the area, lived.

Once, Messi was accompanying his grandmother, and it turned out that there was a shortage of players in the team that coach Salvador was training, and while Messi was kicking the ball in the stands of the stadium, the grandmother proposed to the coach to give her grandson the opportunity to play, but the coach did not like this idea due to Messi's short stature. However, she insisted: "Get him involved and you'll see how talented he is." » He replied: “I will put it nearby. on the field, so if he starts crying, you can take him off the field yourself.

The coach recounted Messi's first experience, saying: "He was very young. I gave him the jersey and he put it on. Then the ball came to him for the first time and he looked at it. . without moving a finger. But when the ball passed by his left foot, he was able to control it, then he started running down the court, he dribbled." “Everyone in front of him.” At this time, the grandmother was very excited and shouted: "Pass the ball to Leo." Pass it to the little boy. He can score goals.

The “Grandoli Club” stadium was the first official stadium in which Messi played among players who were perhaps two or three years older than him, and although he was five years old, he showed his prowess, his speed and shooting ability in the first match. he played.

Messi's father watched his son play from the stands and on the bench and said of him at the time: "I quickly realized that he was different and that he could be special. He was always enthusiastic. Children change sometimes, of course, but I was very confident that he would succeed.

In 1994, Messi joined the Cubs team at "Newell's Club", where his older brother Rodrigo plays, and the group in which he played stood out, because he lost only one game in 4 years until it was popularly known as "87". Machines” (all team members were born in 1987).

He then joined Newell's Old Boys junior team until joining club River Plate, during which time doctors discovered he had a bone hormone deficiency.

In 2000, at the age of 13, he won his tenth and final championship at Bella Vista Stadium, and his coach Adrian Correa said of him that his only fault was that he did not like to exercise and that he always preferred to be with the ball.

The newspaper "L'Capital" published the first interview with him in two pages, entitled "Lionel Andres Messi is a leper (nickname of the Newell's Old Boys team), a young man with great abilities".

Talent versus treatment

Messi was significantly shorter than most boys in his age group, measuring just 1.27 meters tall.

At the age of 9 1/2, his father turned to an endocrinologist about his limited growth process, and he was playing on Newell's Club age group teams by then.

After more than a year of tests, he was diagnosed with a hormonal deficiency which caused his growth to stop. In 1998, the endocrinologist began a special treatment program with growth hormone by daily subcutaneous injection for a period of three to three weeks. six years to complete his proper growth, and he was able to increase his height from 140 to 170 centimeters.

Meanwhile, River Plate (one of Argentina's most famous clubs) was close to signing him when he was diagnosed with a health problem requiring treatment. The club backed out due to the exorbitant costs of the treatment, estimated at $900 per month (US$100,000 per year).

The Catalan Kars Rexach (one of the club's representatives) was impressed by Messi's game, so he offered him to join the club while guaranteeing his treatment. After a trial period, the club discovered at this time the talent of the Argentine magician and his talent. Technical abilities in football were strong and distinctive, which did not make his health problem an obstacle, so they decided this deal was a winner. Then Messi moved with his family in 2000 to live in Barcelona, ​​when he was 13 years old.

Since then, the small forward number 10 has become a symbol of the Spanish team. Spanish player Carlos Reshak said of him: “He immediately caught my eye and, as a symbolic gesture, I had him sign a towel for the club. “This was done in the club restaurant where the club met, and the napkin was then preserved. It became an artifact.

In 2001, a final agreement was reached in another Barcelona restaurant called Viavenit, and this is how Messi was prepared, who first appeared in 2003 against the Portuguese team Porto and played his first match in 2004 against Espanyol in the Spanish League. and scored his first goal against the Albacete team.

Messi was the third youngest player to join Barcelona's first team, and after his team's match against Albacete during the 2004 and 2005 seasons, he became the youngest player to score in the history of the Catalan team, in his first official season he won the title. League Cup in 2005 and 2006, Spanish Super Cup and Champions League Cup in 2007. 2006.

Since then, he has continued to win individual awards with Barcelona, ​​including the Ballon d'Or 7 times. He played for the Catalan team for 17 seasons, scoring 474 goals in 520 matches and setting up 216 goals.

Messi's contract with Barcelona expired at the beginning of July 2022 and on August 10 of the same year he joined French club Paris Saint-Germain, for two years, with the possibility of extending for another year.

Messi remained loyal to his first coach at Barcelona, ​​as he stated in a television interview: "Rijkaard chose me to train and play for the first team when I was sixteen, and if he didn't Hadn't made this decision, I wouldn't have done it. got to where I am now.

Forbes magazine claims that Messi has earned more than $1 billion during his professional career, making him the fourth athlete to achieve this goal.

He refused to play for the Spanish national team

Messi was offered to play for Spain when Guinness Metidez, coach of the Spanish national under-16 team, met him in the town of Albacete during the Spanish Cup, but he replied, “No thanks,” because he felt bad. Argentinian although he lives in the Iberian Peninsula, in southwest Europe.

Argentina coach Tocalli said at the time: "He arrived to train with the under-20 youth team, and he was a shy and unknown boy, while his teammates were known in the local tournaments, but his condition changed when he started training and playing, and he became completely different throughout the matches.

His first appearance came against the Hungarian national team in 2005, and his first goal came in 2006 against the Croatia national team, and his first match in Argentina was against Uruguay, and after participating in the Under-20 Youth World Cup, he became known around the world.

He has participated in 6 editions of the Copa America, starting with the 2007 edition, and ending with the historic Tango edition, which saw the former Barcelona star's first major international tournament in 2021.

Messi, nicknamed the Magician, became the historic top scorer of the Argentina national team, having scored 96 goals and assisted 55 goals in 171 matches in all official tournaments, matches and friendly competitions.

On March 28, 2009, he officially participated with the senior Argentina national team in the World Cup qualifier against Venezuela, and he wore number 10, in which he scored the first goal. He also scored 47 goals in 2009 and. 2010 seasons, and this number increased the following season to 53 goals.

In September 2015, Messi suffered a ligament injury in his left knee in a collision with Las Palmas player Daniel Castiano during a sixth round match in the Spanish First Division. The Catalan club announced that Messi would be out for around two months. , which was seen as a blow to the team, especially as it came days after their Brazilian striker Rafinha injured his cruciate ligament and was also out for several months.

13 records

Messi participated in 5 World Cup tournaments, becoming the first player to score in the World Cup as a teenager, 20s and 30s. He also became the third Argentine after Diego Maradona and Gabriel Batistuta to score in 3 different editions of the World Cup.

He continued to break records at the Qatar 2022 World Cup, having made 13 records in his country's victory over Croatia and qualifying for the final match, where he played 25 matches (tying the record of Lothar Matthäus, the former German player), including 3 matches at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, 5 in South Africa 2010, 7 in Brazil 2014, 4 in Russia 2018 and 7 during the World Cup in Qatar 2022 .

He became the Argentina national team's all-time leading scorer in World Cup finals, with 13 goals, surpassing Diego Maradona's record (8 goals). He also became the oldest player to score 7 goals at 35, and the second top scorer in the 2022 World Cup after Frenchman Kylian Mbappé, author of 8 goals.

He became one of only 6 players to score in the round of 16, quarter-finals and semi-finals since the World Cup in Mexico in 1986, then followed it up by scoring in the final of the same edition at the Qatar 2022 World Cup. .

He also contributed to the goals scored by his team in the 13th match of the World Cup and was the player who scored the most goals in a different number of matches, tied with Brazilian Ronaldo de Lima.

Messi captained Argentina in the 18th match of the World Cup, surpassing Rafael Marquez, the former captain of Mexico, and Diego Maradona, captain of 16 matches.

He won the Man of the Match award for the 10th time in the World Cup, beating Portugal's Cristiano and Ronaldo, who have won it 7 times.

He created more than 68 chances, surpassing the record of his compatriot Diego Maradona, who created 67 chances, becoming the player who created the most chances at the World Cup since the 1966 edition .

He is the player who has scored the most goals in the round of 16 since 1966, with 5 goals, surpassing Edison Pelé with 4 goals.

He also became the only player to provide assists in each of the five editions he participated in, and the greatest player to score and assist in a single match for Argentina in the Cup Final of the world, until I

Awards and achievements

Golden Boy Award in 2005.

Argentina Player of the Year Award and Olimpia de Plata Award 12 times in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019.

FIFPro Award for Best Young Player in the World 3 times for the years 2006, 2007 and 2009.

Bravo Award in 2007.

UEFA Team of the Season award 11 times in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Alfredo Di Stefan Award 6 times for the years 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015 and 2017.

He has won the Ballon d'Or 7 times during the years 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019 and 2021.

The best player in the world in 2009.

2009 UEFA Best Player Award.

UEFA Best Striker Award twice, in 2009 and 2019.

Award for the best player in the Spanish League 8 times for the years 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2018 and 2019.

Award for the best striker in the Spanish League on 7 occasions for the years 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016.

Top scorer in the Spanish King's Cup on 5 occasions in 2009, 2011, 2014, 2016 and 2017.

Top scorer in the Champions League on 6 occasions in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2019.

2009 UEFA Champions League Player of the Year.

Best striker in the Champions League in 2009.

Man of the match in the Champions League final, chosen by the public twice, in 2009 and 2011.

He won the Ballon d'Or at the Club World Cup twice, in 2009 and 2011.

Best Player Award at the Club World Cup Final twice, in 2009 and 2011.

Pichichi Prize 6 times: 2010, 2012, 2013, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Top scorer in the Spanish League on 7 occasions during the years 2010, 2012, 2013, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

In March 2010, France Football magazine ranked him at the top of the ranking of the richest footballers in the world, with 29 million pounds sterling. Until the 2014-2015 football season

With his Barcelona team, he won seven Spanish league titles and four Champions League titles.

European Golden Shoe 6 times in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Man of the match in the 2011 Champions League final.

2011 Club World Cup Top Scorer Award.

World Top Scorer Award according to the International Federation of Football History and Statistics twice, in 2011 and 2012.

European Player of the Year twice, in 2011 and 2015.

The best footballer in the world at 22.

The third player to be top scorer for three consecutive seasons in the European Club Cup.

Golden Boot at the 2014 World Cup.

Ballon d'Or in Copa America in 2015.

UEFA Best Goal of the Year Award 3 times for the years 2015, 2016 and 2019.

Spanish League Team of the Season award twice in 2015 and 2016.

Silver Ball at the Club World Cup in 2015.

Under-20 World Cup in 2016, with 6 goals.

2019 FIFA Best Player Award.

Qatar 2022 World Cup Best Player Award.

Guinness Encyclopedia

Most goals in a calendar year when he scored 91 goals in 2012.

The only player in the world to score in 19 consecutive league matches, in which he scored 30 goals.

Championships with FC Barcelona

Spanish League Championship 10 times in seasons: 2004-2005, 2005-2006, 2008-2009, 2009, 2010, 2010-2011, 2012-2013, 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2017-2018, 0 .

Spanish King's Cup 7 times in seasons: 2008-2009, 2011-2012, 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018 and 2020-2021.

Spanish Super Cup 8 times during the years: 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016 and 2018.

Champions League 4 times during the seasons: 2005-2006, 2008-2009, 2010-2011 and 2014-2015.

European Super Cup 3 times during the years: 2009, 2011 and 2015.

Club World Cup 3 times: 2009, 2011 and 2015.

With the Argentina national team

The Under-20 World Cup with the Argentina national team in 2005.

Gold medal at the 2008 Olympics with the Argentina U-23 national team.

Copa America Cup with Argentina 2021.

Qatar 2022 World Cup.

They said about Lionel Messi:

Doctor Dieg Schwarzstein, who diagnosed Messi with growth hormone deficiency, said: "Messi has so much skill in football that I think he could have been a professional even if he was 150cm tall, because he He's truly a star."

Player Cristiano Ronaldo said about him: "He is an incredible and charming player... We shared the stage for 16 years... What can I say about Messi? An extraordinary man who does wonderful things in football."

Coach Guardiola: "What does he mean to me and to my career? Everything, everything, everything... I felt what Phil Jackson felt with Michael Jordan because Leo Messi was with me. He There are very few people who control their sport so easily. "Without him we would have won too, but with this amount it is impossible for the World Cup. I hope he is in good shape, trains well and comes in strong. "

The late Argentine player Diego Maradona: "Now I know who is the player who will replace me in football. He has something different from other players. He is a leader and a role model."

- Spanish player Gerard Pique: “People often ask me how Messi has been doing all these years. If I wanted to explain it in one sentence, I would say: he's an alien, not from this planet. When I first saw him play, I was thirteen.” I said to myself: Oh, this boy is not human, he is mortal, this is the best thing I have ever seen in my entire life. it's so good that he's not interested in showing off. His greatness lies in his obsession with possession of the ball, and his face when he runs to take the ball from a defender when I think "In the magic of Messi, that's not something you can do." found on YouTube. It's a sensitive expression in his eyes, and to explain its greatness, I need 5,000 words.

Italian star Mario Balotelli: "There is only one person who is a little better than me: his name is Lionel Messi."

Real Madrid president Florentino Pires: "Messi is the second best player in the world after Cristiano Ronaldo, and it wouldn't be good to see them in the same team."

Former Brazilian star Ronaldo: 'Messi is great, he's a great player, but he won't become a legend until he shows his true colors with Argentina and wins the World Cup.'

Former Spain star Xavi Hernández: "He's number one. He's the kind of player who only appears once every thirty years."