On June 24, 1987, Jorge Horacio Messi and Celia Maria Cuccittini came to light the third member of the family. Lionel Andres ‘Leo’ Messi Cuccittini was affectionately named by his parents. After growing up, this child spread the light of his talent and became known all over the world under one name, ‘Lionel Messi’.
From the small town that once ruled the football world and which is still going on. The boy’s name is Lionel Andres Messi. Wednesday (June 24) is the little football magician’s 33rd birthday.
Messi’s meditation became football from a young age. Messi started playing football for the local club Grandoli when he was just five years old. The coach of this team was his father Jorge. In a short time, Messi became an important member of the team. Round and round and get acquainted in the neighborhood very soon. In 1995, at the age of eight, Leo joined the local club Newell’s Old Boys. At that time, if someone played very well, a special ‘title’ was given as the year of birth. When he became known as the goal machine, Messi was named ‘The Machine of 87’.
Scouts from various clubs from Europe often look for talent in Latin American countries. Messi, who spread the light of talent, was a familiar face in those days. But less than 11 years later, the dam was in danger. Leo’s parents are worried about his future due to growth hormone problems. The local club River plate initially showed interest in Messi but said they could not afford his treatment. The creator may have written the screenplay in this way because it was at this time that he caught the eye of the Barcelona scouts.
In 2000, at the age of 13, Messi was spotted by Barcelona’s technical secretary Charlie Rexach. He signed a contract with the boy Messi on a napkin paper at a restaurant at the time. Then the ‘wonder boy’ Messi set foot in the house of Barcelona Youth Academy ‘La Messia’. Messi, who is suffering from ‘Growth Hormone Disorder’, is being treated by Barcelona. He later paid the highest obedience.
Then Lionel Messi crossed the ocean with his father and moved to Barcelona, Spain. He joined Barcelona’s youth academy La Masia. The new path of the magician began.
Messi did not have to wait long to get a place in the main team of Barcelona. He made his debut as a substitute in the match against Espanyol on 16 November 2003 at the age of just 17.
He scored his first goal for the Catalan Giants against Albacete. Barcelona was leading 1-0 until the 87th minute. The then-coach Frank Rijkaard picked up star player Samuel Eto’o and dropped 16-year-old Messi. He scored just 4 minutes into the match and immediately shouted “Messi”, “Messi”.
Although he started wearing the number 30 jersey in the big event, Messi soon got the ownership of the iconic number 10 jersey in his own right. From then on, his race to become the best in the world. He holds the record for scoring 440 goals in La Liga history.
In 2012, the world saw the true face of Messi. His performance in the service earned him a position as an ‘alien player’.
Messi was named in Argentina’s squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in recognition of his outstanding performances. However, due to injury, he was worried about playing in that World Cup. Messi did not get a chance to play in the first match of the World Cup against Ivory Coast. He came on as a substitute in the 64th minute of the next match against Serbia-Montenegro.
Messi has so far won 10 La Liga, 4 Champions Leagues, 6 Copa del Rey, 3 Club World Cups, and 3 European Super Cups. He has not yet won the title in his home country Argentina.
The 2014 World Cup was the biggest opportunity for Messi. Argentina almost won the final of the service. But Germany’s super-sub Mario Gotze scored a surprise goal in the 113th minute and put a knife in the hearts of the Argentines. The award for the best player of the event, however, went to Messi. But the football magician dreamed of winning the World Cup.
The world has seen Messi’s reign once again in 2019. He won a record sixth Ballon d’Or, reigning on the field all year. On the way to setting a record, he overtook arch-rival, Cristiano Ronaldo. Earlier, both of them owned 5 Ballon d’Ors.
Final Word: According to many, Messi is one of the best footballers of all time. He is also known as ‘The Got’ (Greatest of All-Time). The star has also been dubbed as a magician for spreading foot magic on the football field.