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.
Here are few things that you might not have known about Messi.
1. Shortest Forward in the World
Standing at a height of 1.69 meters (5’6 feet) making him the shortest forward. That never let Messi stop him, his agility and intelligence provide what he might lack in height.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Diagnosed with Growth Hormone Deficiency Syndrome
His parents were unable to pay for all his treatments. Even then he never let that stop him, and once he was noticed by Barcelona, they offered to pay for his treatments. Truly amazing.
5. Most Hat-Tricks scored in Barcelona
Not only has this talented footballer achieved one hat-trick, he has accomplished this 30 times. Mind blowing.
6. First in the World to win 3 European Golden Shoe Awards
Not one shoe but three golden ones.
7. First Football Contract was written on a napkin
To ensure they didn’t lose such a talented player, Barcelona wrote the contract up on a napkin.
8. Loves his food, a foodie to the core
One of Messi’s passions is eating. The Barcelona club had to take out the vending machine from the change room because of Messi.
9. 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.
10. Messi met his Wife and Mother of his Son when he was five years old
They were family friends since childhood. Little did they know what the future held for them. Wishing them all the best in their life together.
12. 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.
13. World record for most goals in one year
Messi scored 91 goals in 2012 – a feat no one else has accomplished.
14. His debut lasted less than a minute
Within the first 48 seconds of being on the field, Messi was red carded for elbowing.
15. First and only Player to be a top scorer in four consecutive Champions League campaigns
A fantastic player that has led his team from the front in all competitions, Messi has proven his worth time and time again and continues to shine on the field.
He is a humble man with talent that words cannot describe. “I win for you” says Messi. What’s your impression of Messi? Is he the greatest Footballer of his generation?