Lionel Messi Biography
Lionel Messi Biography – Introduction
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
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Getting more and more match experience, he slowly earned a solid place in the first
team and his pace, passing and goal scoring ability earned him standing ovations
wherever he would play, especially a memorable one in a match against Udinese in
the UEFA Champions League on Nou Camp, where Messi single-handedly won the
match and made the stadium's capacity rise to their feet as a gesture of respect.
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.