Born in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina, Lionel Messi instigated playing football from a young age and advanced his skills at around at the age of 5 years old playing street football before joining Grandoli (a local team), for whom Lionel’s father was a coach. A few years later Messi moved to Newell’s Old Boys who were based in his home city of Rosario. Lionel sustained his growth at Newell’s but at the age of 11, he was identified with a growth hormone deficiency. By now Lionel’s potential had ensured that other clubs were taking notice and Argentinian giants River Plate were keen to take Messi, but did not have sufficient money to account the action for Lionel’s condition, which cost around $900 a month.
Lionel Messi’s first arrival in the Barclay first squad arose in a Friendly against FC Porto aged just 16 years 145 days. However, less than a year after that start, then Barcelona manager Frank Rijkaard gave him his league début against RCD Espagnol on 16 October 2004 aged 17 years and 114 days. In making that début Messi became the third-youngest player ever to play for Barcelona and youngest club player who played in La Liga in the process. Messi also went onto develop the freshest player ever to score for Barcelona in La Liga when he scored against Albacete at the Nou Camp on the 1st of May 2005, but Bojan Kricic later broke both of those annals.
Lionel Messi has gained respect and admiration throughout the World of football through his performances and the way he handles himself. He is a player who oozes class and his dribbling skills are amazing. He also has an unnerving calmness when presented with a goal scoring chance. Just look through some of his goals on YouTube and you will see how easy he makes scoring goals look.
Lionel Messi is amazingly an extraordinary footballer and I have to say that I am honoured and grateful to be able witness him perform this week in and week out albeit from my television screen set, I just hope the Barcelona fans fully escalate this little entertainer at work as they are truly the fortunate ones to be able to see him every week perform for their crew.