Hey Guys , it another celebrity of the week segment…Today’s feature is quite different ..We gonna feature Leo Messi . So all ye sports lovers, this is for you .

Messi is widely regarded as one of the best players and footballers of all time in the world. he has pace and skill and seems to score every match.

So check out 30 cool , interesting and amazing facts about one of the worlds best footballer , Lionel Messi that you may not know.

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30 Things You Should Know About Lionel Messi

1.His Full name is Lionel Andrés “Leo” Messi Cuccittini.

I am sure you are surprised. I actually didn’t know this till now..

2. Lionel Messi born 24 June 1987 in Santa Fe Province, Rosario , Argentina. So he is just 27.

3.Messi father Jorge was a factory worker while his mum,Celia Maria Messi was a cleaner.

4.At the very tender age of five, Messi caught the football bug . It was that early , he even started playing football for Grandoli, a local club and was coached by his father Jorge.

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5.At the age of 11, he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency making him very small and was 1.32 meters tall. It was quite difficult for his parents to foot the medical bills.  The bills were quite high up to $900 and the  club that was interested in him , River Plate  were unwilling to pay the $900 a month for his treatment. I’m sure they regret that now.

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When I was 11 years old they discovered that I had a growth hormone deficiency and I had to start a treatment to help me to grow. Every night I had to stick a needle into my legs, night after night after night, every day of the week, and this over a period of three years. I was so small, they said that when I went onto the pitch, or when I went to school, I was always the smallest of all. It was like this until I finished the treatment and I then started to grow properly’ – Messi

The cost of Messi‘s injections is what first forced the Messis to move away from Argentina, and Barcelona offered to pay for them as part of his contract.

6. Messi stands in at 5 feet 7 inches. This makes him one of the shortest forward in football history.Yes he is actually tall, even though he look quite average from far.

7.He is a devout Roman Catholic. So note. He goes to church .

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Above photo is Messi and his long-term girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo in church during one of the Christmas periods.

8. So Messi still has 3 more years with his club , Barcelona before he can think of leaving . He is signed with Barcelona until June 30 2018.

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We all don’t know how he would be at 31 , but Messi has always said he would love to continue playing football for the team.

9. It is reported that his buy out clause is €250 million (196 million pounds), which only a few clubs would be willing to spend and can afford such a huge amount.That’s more than the GDP of 10 countries.

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10. Messi began his career as a left-winger and forward or as a left-sided forward. Later he was moved by his former Barcelona manager Frank Rijkaard to right wing .

11. He started to play soccer for a team his father coached when he was five but later in 1995 he switched to Newell’s Old Boys who were based in his home town , Rosario.

12. Messi is the first football player in history to win four FIFA/Ballons d’Or, all of which he won consecutively, and the first to win three European Golden Shoe awards.

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13. According to Forbes, Messi has a Net worth of $180 million and is currently the second richest player in the world with Cristiano Ronaldo beating him to the first spot.

14. Argentine Football player who is currently playing his professional football  at the Spanish Football club FC Barcelona.

15.At 21 , he received the prestigious FIFA World Player of the year nominations in 2008.

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16. At 22 , Messi got his first FIFA World Player of the Year award. After that he made efforts to keep that award in his possession by winning the award for the next 3 years.

17. At the ripe age of 25 , Messi scored 200 goals in the Spanish La Liga making him the youngest player to achieve such .

18. Not to forget , Lionel Messi is actually the first football player ever to win 3 European Golden shoe  Awards consecutively. Note that this award is given to a player who scores the most goals in a competitive European league.

19. So i can boldly say that the football spirit is a family thing . Messi has two of his cousins  Emanuel Biancucchi who  plays midfield for Paraguays Independiente F.B.C., and Maxi plays wing for Club Olympia of Paraguay.

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His father once once into football , before he left to do his military service. Lionel’s brother Rodrigo was once an attacker for Rosario in intercity matches before a car accident which forced him to retire .

His brother Matias was a defender in Newell’s lower ranks but eventually gave it up, age 27, having failed to make an impression.

20. Surprisingly at the young age of 13 he stuck hi first contract.

21. Weird but true , he doesn’t have any manager. His father and his older brother are the ones who manages his company.

22. Lionel has a very striking resemblance with his dad when he was younger.

 

23. Do you know that Messi’s team-mates in his Barcelona youth side included Gerard Pique and Cesc Fabregas

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24. Messi made his debut /first appearance officially in a friendly match against Porto.

25. Messi got his first Red card 44 seconds into his senior national team debut on a call that was dubious at best

26. According to Complex.com , He Makes up to $128,000 per day which included contracts and endorsements.

27. Messi got his first Olympic Gold against Nigeria in 2008 after convincing Barcelona to allow him join the Argentina Olympic Squad.

28.Not to forget his love life. Messi is known to be in a longterm relationship with girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo since 2009. They both met when they were kids in Rosario. They both have a son named Thiago

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29. Messi made it into the Guinness book of record for scoring a whopping number of 91 goals in a year. Can you beat that ?

30. He has his one-year-old son’s name, Thiago, tattooed on his left calf.

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Above is a photo from Thiago’s one-year birthday