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13 Fun and Interesting Facts About Lionel Messi

He is a citizen of Spain, too!

Known his wife since he was 5
We thought it would be a great idea to look at some of the fun and interesting facts about Lionel Messi.
Oh, who is Lionel Messi? You have to be kidding us.
Lionel Messi is the rockstar Argentinian footballer (soccer player) who also plays as a forward for FC Barcelona, the Spanish club.
 
Messi is one of the best players in the world and he is regarded as the greatest player of all time. And the fact is, over his career, he has scored 500+ goals. This fact alone is enough to land him the history books.
 
Messi is extremely fun to watch and his game is interesting to say the least.

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!

13 Interesting Facts About Lionel Messi
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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.

Leading goal scorer
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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.

Release clause of £250 million

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.

Four Ballon d'Or awards
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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.

Messi's son was signed 72 hours after he was born
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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.

Most goals scored in a calendar year
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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.

In his debut game, he only played for 47 seconds

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.

Growth hormone deficiency

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.

One Tattoo

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.

Paper napkin contract

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.

Dual passport

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!

FIFA player of the year award

 

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.

Known his wife since he was 5

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.

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