"Lionel Andres Messi"

Lionel Messi Biography
Now I'm not sure about you, but on my 20th birthday, I had a couple of friends over, drank some beer and ate a pizza and that's about it. Leonel Messi decided he would spend his 20th birthday otherwise...cheered in a standing ovation by over 50,000 people on the soccer pitch. I guess not everyone can be a teenage international super star...
When I started writing this Lionel Messi biography, I had some doubts in regards of what I'll write about since, after all, he's only been on the stage of big football in the past 2 years. But those two years were so eventful, that Messi covered in this short period what other soccer players cover in their lifetime. Let's take a look how the young Argentinean started out and how he rose to the level of fame he has today.
Lionel Messi Biography – Youth Career - Born in the Santa Fe province of Argentina in a family where soccer was king, Lionel Messi started kicking the ball at an early age and when he was just 5 years old, he joined the training sessions of the club his father was coaching at that time, Grandoli.

Full name : Lionel Andres Messi
Date of birth : June 24, 1987
Place of birth : Rosario, Argentina
Height : 5.7FT - 1.69M
Playing position : Attacking Midfielder/Striker
Although he was close to his father at Grandoli, they both knew this club would not be one to offer the young boy a future as a soccer player, so his father decided to take him to one of the most prestigious youth academies in Argentina, that of Newell's Old Boys. This happened in 1995, when Leonel Messi was just 8 years old.
Lionel Messi Biography – Health Problems -

Three years later, Messi was already showing promise and he was considered a huge future talent, but unfortunately he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency that could be treated, but its cost would be around $700 per month and the Messi family simply did not have that kind of money.
Season Club Games Goals
2004–Present Barcelona 55 26
River plate, one of the other strong Argentinean teams wanted to pay for Messi's treatment, but they couldn't afford it either, with the Argentinean economy collapsing. Fortunately for the young player, FC Barcelona, who was already scouting him, learned of his problem and decided to help out and put the life of Leonel Messi back on its rightful track. Messi soon signed with Barcelona's youth team and moved to Spain for his treatment.
Lionel Messi Biography - FC Barcelona
Recovering from his growth deficiency problem, the Argentinean started playing regularly for FC Barcelona's youth squad and in a few years, he was taken to the B squad of Barcelona, where Lionel Messi's goals started placing the spotlight on him once again.
Years National Team Games Goals
2005-Present Argentina 22 6
Despite his small frame, he managed an impressive 35 goals in 30 matches and in 2004 he made his official debut for the senior squad of the Catalan team, in a local derby against Espanyol Barcelona. He was 17 years and 3 months old on his debut. He didn't play in a lot of other games in that season, but in May 2005, he managed to score his first official goal, against Albacete, becoming the youngest player to ever score a game for Barcelona in a league game.
From that moment, he was almost indispensable in Barca's first squad and although several thigh injuries kept him away from the pitch, he came back in force in the 2006-2007 season. Probably his most memorable match and the one that truly made him the big star that he is today was the El Clasico duel on March 10th 2007, where Barcelona met arch-rivals Real Madrid on Nou Camp.
Messi managed to score a hat-trick, with his last goal being a crucial equalizer scored in the 90th minute. That Lionel Messi goal will live long in the memory of the Barca fans as everyone talked for weeks about the 19 year old kid that brought Real Madrid to its knees.


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