Lionel Messi; Lionel Andres “Leo” Messi Cuccittini, is an Argentina footballer born in Rosario, Argentina on June 24th, 1987. A third child of the family of four, born to Jorge Messi (Lionel Messi father) a steel factory manager and his wife Celia Cuccittini (Lionel Messi mother) who works in a magnet manufacturing shop. On his father’s side, Messi is an Italian and Spanish descent, the great-grandson of an immigrant from north-central Adriatic Marche region of Italy and Catalonia and from his mother’s side has a primarily Italian ancestry.
As a child, Messi was diagnosed with growth hormones deficiency. He later relocated to Spain to where he joined Barcelona who agreed to pay his medical bills.
Lionel Messi is La Liga best-paid player after agreeing a new deal to extend his stay at Barcelona until 2021, Messi’s new contract is reportedly worth a net £500,000 (€565,000) a week. Messi’s net worth is estimated to be between £200m and £230m.
Lionel Messi is a skilful player, who play “forward” position for Barcelona, with the number 10 jersey, as a matter of fact Messi has done well for himself bagging multiple awards like balloon d’Or awards, European golden shoes, spent his entire professional career with Barcelona and probably won 29 trophies including eight La Liga (366 goals)
A La Liga season(50)
A club football season in Europe (73)
A calendar year(91)
El Clasico (26)
He has won awards for most assists made (145) and Copa America(11). Scored over 600 senior career goal for club and country, wow!
Indeed, Lionel Messi is one being one can attribute the honor of a god in the game of football. He was determined, never to allowed his health to be a limitation.
Newell’s old boy’s youth coach “Adrian Coria” has this to say about him as an eleven-year-old player
” When you saw him you’d think this kid can’t play ball. He’s a dwarf, he’s too fragile, too small but immediately you’d realize that he was born different, that he was a phenomenon and that he was growing to be something impressive”.
Lionel Messi is happily married to his childhood girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo, and they are blessed with two kids, Thiago Messi, Mateo Messi
Messi was motivated to be the player he is today by his grandmother who accompany her to training and matches and whose death devastated him, same reason he always looks up and points to the sky whenever he scores a goal as a tribute to her not just because he’s a Catholic.