Happy Birthday Lionel Messi: Five Unknown Facts About Football Legend

Lionel Andrés Messi, also known as Leo Messi, is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain.

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi (Image Credit : Twitter)

Argentina football legend Lionel Messi turned 35 on Friday. Messi was born on June 24, 1987, in Rosario. His official name is Luis Lionel Andres Messi. His life was a difficult one before establishing himself in the football world. The legend comes from a humble background that couldn’t afford his treatment for growth hormone deficiency at the age of 11. His family could only afford the treatment if he could move to Spain and play for Barcelona.

The treatment cost 900 USD per month. Apparently, the club payed for the treatment. Talking about his personal life, he is married to Antonella Roccuzzo since 2017. Recently, they were seen holidaying in Ibiza. The duo has three sons – Thiago Messi, Ciro Messi, and Mateo Messi. He is not just known for his heroics on the field but off the field as well. In this listicle, we will discuss five unknown facts about the seven-time Ballon D’or winner.

Five Unknown Facts about Lionel Messi

  1. Tissue Paper Contract

Messi is currently the richest football player in the sport. However, there was a time when he was new to the professional football. Apparently, when the first time he was signed by Barcelona, the then team director wanted to sign him desperately. However, he needed a piece of paper to draw a contract which wasn’t available at the time. The then prodigy was then signed with the help of a tissue on which the contract was drawn.

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