Here are 13 Interesting and Fun Facts About Lionel Messi
1) 33 goals in 21 games.
While many footballers score better against certain teams, Messi did will against all football teams in the 2012-13 season and he managed to score a total of 33 goals in just 21 games against all the teams in La Liga – amazing and interesnting!
2) Leading goal scorer
By the age of 24, Messi was the leading goal scorer for Barcelona breaking the long-standing record of Cesar Rodriguez.
3) Release clause of £250 million
All leading football clubs desired to get Messi on board, however, Barcelona has set an interesting release clause of £250 million in his contract stopping clubs from buying him off.
4) Four Ballon d’Or awards
Messi is the only player in the world to win four Ballon d’Or awards and the first player to win three European Golden Boot awards.
5) Messi’s son was signed 72 hours after he was born
Messi’s son was signed by the Newell’s Old Boy’s Supporter’s club just 72 hours after he was born. Thiago was given a full club kit with his name printed on the back and his father’s number 10 printed at the back. If that’s not interesting and fun, we don’t what is.
6) Most goals scored in a calendar year
Messi holds the record for the most goals scored in a calendar year. He scored 86 goals in 2012 and broke the record of Gerd Muller who had scored 85 goals in 1972.
7) In his debut game, he only played for 47 seconds
Messi made his international debut against Hungary in 2005, however, he was sent off after playing for only 47 seconds for elbowing a fellow footballer.
8) Growth hormone deficiency
Messi suffered from a growth hormone deficiency as a kid; however, his parents could not afford treatment. When Barcelona signed him up, they paid for his complete treatment. Although it worked, Messi remains one of the shortest footballers standing at 5 feet and 6 inches tall.
9) One Tattoo
Although footballers love getting inked, Messi interestingly was never into tattoos. However, he did get his son’s name and handprints tattooed on his left calf very recently.
10) Paper napkin contract
Barcelona was so impressed with Messi they wasted no time in signing him up. Barcelona Coach Carles Rexach just scribbled a few points on a paper napkin and got Messi to sign it.
11) Dual Passports
Messi is a dual passport holder. He has passports for Spain and Argentina. He refused to play for Spain when he was offered a place in the team.
12) FIFA player of the year award
Messi is the first every footballer from Argentina to win the FIFA player of the year award, and he won it four times!
13) Known his wife since he was 5
Messi knew his wife Antonella Roccuzzo since he was just 5. Although he moved to Spain to kick start his career in football, the two never lost touch and they finally got married. The couple is blessed with a son who they named Thiago Messi.
The debate of whether Lionel Messi is the best in the world will always swing both ways. However, the fact remains that he is one of the most talented footballers of this generation and will surely rule the goal scoring charts for years to come.