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Lionel Messi (born on June 24th 1987) is an Argentinian soccer player who also has the Spanish
citizenship. He has developed his career in F.C. Barcelona.
Born in Rosario (Argentina) in a humble family of Italian descent, Messi began playing soccer at age 5 in the team of his neighborhood, Grandoli. He took turn between this team and Central Cordoba, until in 1995 he started training with the junior teams of Newell’s Old Boys.
After seeing his performance in Argentina, Barça recruited him an opportunity in its quarry and offered to pay for the expensive medical treatment he needed for his growth hormone deficit he was diagnosed with, if he agreed to move to Spain.
After moving with his family when he was 13 years old, Loinel Messi began playing in F.C Barcelona youth system. He was soon upgraded to higher teams and finally had his debut, in an unofficial match, in premier league in 2003 at age 16. A year later he played in an official match against R.C.D. Español.
His skills playing in the Barça lead him to the list of the most prestigious players in the globe. His rise made many journalists, coaches and other players talk about him as one of the best player in History. This prestige has been translated into several awards for his individual talent, such as four Golden Balls and three Golden Boots.
Having the dual citizenship, Me3ssi could decide in which National Team he wanted to join in international tournaments, choosing in 2004 his country of birth, Argentina. With this team, Messi has played in two World Cups, two America`s Cup and the Olympic Games, where he won a gold medal.
Did You Know?
- Messi was recruited by FCB because of a video.
- "Mecci" is the name he had when Argentina selected him.
- Messi was asked to play for Spain but he chose to wait for the call from Argentina.
- Messi signed his first contract with Barcelona on a used napkin.