Lionel Messi Age, Biography, Net Worth, Height, Wife & More


Lionel Messi Biography & Debut


Lionel started playing football in 5 years. His father worked as a coach at the local football club “Grandoli”, but for the first time Lionel brought his grandmother, the only family member, to believe in his success in the football field. Many years have passed, Messi became the greatest football player, and so far after each goal he has scored, he raises his hands up – in honor of his grandmother who left this world when he was 10 years old.

At age 8, Lionel began playing for the professional football club Newell’s Old Boys and soon became captain of the team. In 1997, Leo won the Peru Friendship Cup together with the club. In one of the NOB matches, scouts of FC River Plate noticed him, and the young footballer began playing for two clubs at the same time. The terrible news ruined the boy’s dreams of a football career. At the age of 11 he was diagnosed with a deficiency of growth hormone, a growth hormone. The annual treatment would have cost 11 thousand dollars, which could not allow either the leadership of “River Plate”, nor, especially, the parents of Messi.

Leo’s father realized that the only chance was to take his son to the shows at Barcelona (earlier the club showed interest in a talented athlete). Football agent Horacio Gadgioli came to the rescue, taking the boy to Spain. Horacio himself recalled that when he first saw Lionel, he did not believe in his success: “He was too thin and shallow, but when I saw him in training at Barcelona, he changed his mind. I realized that he would grow up a great player. ”

On October 3, 2000, Barcelona’s Sports Director Carles Rexach saw little Messi in action and immediately offered him a contract. The paper was not at hand, and Carles sketched the text of the contract on a napkin.


Lionel Messi was born on June 24, 1987 in the Argentine city of Rosario. Father – Jorge Horacio Messi, factory worker at a steel mill, mother – Celia Maria Messi (maiden name Cuccittini), part-time cleaner. He has two older brothers named Rodrigo and Matias, as well as a sister named Maria Sol. His two cousins, Emanuel and Maximiliano Biancucci, are also football players.

His father’s family comes from the Italian city of Ancona, from where his ancestor, Angelo Messi, emigrated to Argentina in 1883. His other ancestors were from Catalonia; in particular, his great-great-great-grandfather Ramon Llobera Perez (born in 1895 in El Poale), whose granddaughter Rosa Maria Perez in Argentina married Eusebio Messi Baro, a descendant of Angelo. Ramon’s brother, Gonçal Llober Perez (born in 1904 in El Poale), is the great-great-great grandfather of another famous footballer, Bojan Krkić .

Messi started playing football at the age of five, in the amateur club “Grandoli”, coached by his father, Jorge . At first classes, he was taken away by his grandmother Celia, the only one from the family who wanted to see him as a football player; subsequently, Lionel dedicated all of his goals to her . In 1995, he began to play for the professional club – Newells Old Boys, and in 1997, as a player of this club, won the Peru Friendship Cup. At the age of 11, he was diagnosed with somatotropin deficiency (growth hormone) . River Plate showed an interest in Messi, but did not have enough money to pay for the treatment, because it cost $ 900 a month.

When Lionel was 13 years old, one of the shareholders of the club “Barcelona” found out about the young footballer. He hired two scouts Martin Montero and Fabian Soldini, who persuaded Messi’s father to go to a show at the club. On September 17, 2000, Messi and his father arrived in Catalonia, but due to the employment of the club’s sports director, Carles Reshak, the viewing took place only on October 3. Reshack was so impressed with the player’s talent that he persuaded the board of directors of the “blue garnet” to pay for the Messi family to move to Europe, as well as the treatment, which cost 90,000 euros a year. Since then, he began to speak in the youth team of the club .

The first steps

Lionel Messi began playing football at a very early age for his Newells Old Boys club in his town [33]. At the age of 11, he moved with his parents to Barcelona, ​​where, at the age of 13, he ended up in the youth team of Barcelona and in his first match he designed “poker”, and in just a season he scored 37 goals in 30 matches [34]. Messi quickly found his game and began to often appear in the starting lineup of the second team, on average scoring a ball for the game. At the age of 16, Fabio Capello saw the play of Lionel; he suggested that the head coach, Frank Rijkaard, take Messi for a season at Juventus, but the Dutchman refused

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Before his debut in the youth team of Argentina, Messi received an invitation to play for the Spanish national team, but declined it . In June 2004, he finally debuted in a friendly match against Paraguay for the Argentina national youth team. In June 2005, Messi won the World Youth Championship, held on the fields of the Netherlands. In this tournament, he became the top scorer, scoring 6 goals, and received the Golden Ball as the best player in the championship.

Debut in the national team and the World Cup 2006.

August 4, Jose Pekerman called him to the national team of Argentina in the match against Hungary. However, he played only 3 minutes in the match and received a red card. Messi held his first official meeting on September 3, 2005 in a match with the Paraguay national team, he came off the bench in the 80th minute of the qualifying round for the 2006 World Cup.

Messi scored his first ball in a friendly match with Croatia. He scored his first official goal at the 2006 World Cup in a match with the national team of Serbia and Montenegro .Despite the injury sustained at the end of the 2005/06 season, Messi got into the national team’s bid for the 2006 World Cup.

He missed the first match against Côte d’Ivoire; scoring a goal, as well as a goal scored, thereby becoming the youngest player in the history of the national team of Argentina, who scored a goal at the world championship. Messi also played in the 1/8 final match against Mexico, replacing Javier Saviola at the 84th minute of the match.