10 Amazing facts about one of the Best Footballers of all time Lionel Andres Messi you never knew
Lionel Andres “Leo” Messi!! One of the greatest soccer players on the planet has just announced his retirement after Argentina lost to Chile in the Copa America Cup finals on Monday, the 27th June, 2016. Win or lose, Lionel Messi is undoubtedly a football genius who overcame physical disability to become the youngest player to win FIFA’s coveted Balloon D’Or at the age of 21. Lionel Messi was as a football prodigy right from the age of six. If he truly keeps his decision of retirement, soccer will have lost one of the greatest champions of the sport the world has ever seen. Here are ten amazing facts about Lionel Messi.
1 Diagnosed With Growth Hormone Deficiency at the Age Of 10
Messi started playing football at the age of six, when he joined the Argentinian Club Newell Old boys. Part of an indomitable youth team, which performed football tricks at half time during popular matches, he scored 500 goals for the club. However, at the age of 10 he was diagnosed with Human growth hormone deficiency. Try as they might, Messi’s parents just couldn’t raise the money for his treatment. Sadly, even his club River Plate didn’t. Messi stated that his hormonal treatments required injections every night for the next three years.
Ultimately the family overcame their problem when Messi moved to Barcelona with his father, where he was given a trial by Barcelona. He was just 14.