30 Amazing Facts & Records Of Lionel Messi Life

by Sameer Arshad | Posted on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 | 0

Lionel Messi is probably the greatest footballer to have graced the game and set plenty of record already in his career at the age of just 27. He made the debut for his club side FC Barcelona a decade ago and since than has turned into powerhouse of a footballer. We are going to take a look at a few interesting facts about Messi life.

Messi Salary 2013Full Name: Luis Lionel Andres Messi

The idea that messi’s parent named him after American crooner Lionel Richie is not much a truth, messi was born on 24 june 1987 with the name Luis Lionel Andres Messi.

Italian Roots ?

Yes, his grand grand-father was italian who immegrate to Argentina, his paternal ancestors comes from small town in south of italy called Recanati.

Bojan Krkic and Lionel Messi are cousins ?

According to some spanish sources, yes they are related. Ramon Perez Llobera who is Lionel Messi’s great great grand father born in spain in the 1860’s was the brother of Goncal who is the great great-grandfather of Bojan Krkic.

Grand daughter of Goncal immegrated to argentina where she married a grand father of Lionel Messi.

Why River Plate refused to sign Lionel Messi ?

River Plate had a chance to get Messi to their books but they did not want to pay $900 monthly medical bills. Surely this will be the biggest regret of the club.

Lionel Messi and his Beloved club Newell’s Old Boys:

Messi’s first club in his youth days was Argentina’s Newell Old Boys who only lost 1 game out of around 400 matches during Messi was with them.

Which goes to show Messi has always been a monster on the pitch. There are countless videos of him where he is literly toying with other kids

First contract signed on a Napkin ?

Thats true, than Barcelona director, Carles Rexach managed to get Messi on Barcelona books by making him sign a napkin contract.

Apperently he did not have any paper around when he meet Messi first time and without giving it a second thought he knew Messi has to be a Barcelona player.

What was in first contract ?

Barcelona offered to pay all the medical bills for Messi plus they got his family a house in Barcelona so that they can move immediatly.

Messi’s growth was effected due to “hormone deficiency”

Messi growth

Yeah thats right, messi suffered from Growth Hormone Deficiency (GHD) which was diagnozied at the age of 10 and that is the partly reason behind his short stature.

Youngest Player to have played in La Liga

Lionel Messi became the youngest player in the history of La Liga to play in spanish top flight football at the age of just 17 years. Although his first team debut was in a friendly game against FC Porto at the age of just 16 years.

He is also the youngest player to score in Barcelona-Real Madrid match:

he is the youngest player to have scored a goal in El Classico and also the youngest to score an hattrick.

Lionel Messi is the all time top goal scorer for Barcelona:

Lionel Messi transfer to Premier League

Yeah at the age of just 24 he surpass all the past greats who played for Barcelona by becomign the leading goal scorer for Catalan club. when I am writing this biography he has scored 274 goals for Barcelona. (30 April 2014)

Other goal scoring records:

  1. First player to have scored in 21 consecutive games.
  2. Scored a goal against every team in the league.
  3. He has already scored second most number of goals for National side Argentina.
  4. Lional Messi is the only player to have won 3 European golden boot awards.
  5. Lionel Messi scored most number of international goals in 1 calendar year (shared the record with english player  Vivian Woodward)
  6. Lionel Messi has scored most goals in 1 calendar year than any other player.

[ Part 2 of Amazing life of Lionel Messi will have indepth records and statistics from his playing career with Barcelona and Argentina plus money aspect of the life ]



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