Lionel Messi : The Magician of Football
Lionel Messi is the best player in the world and one of the most successful players in history. He’s also an amazing human being who has left an indelible mark on soccer. In this article, we take a journey through the remarkable story of Lionel Messi, one of the most popular and successful players in history. We explore how he became a legend, his early days as a footballer, his rise from humble roots to international stardom and beyond.
Theories on how Lionel Messi Became a Legend:
There are several theories on how Lionel Messi has become a legend. Some say it is his unrivalled skills that have made him a legend. Others say he is a genius on the pitch. Some say it is his humility that has made him a legend, others say it is his charity work. Some say it is his willingness to be different that has made him a legend, others say it is his passion for the game which has made him a legend. Many people have put forward their own theories. What do you think? What is it that has made Lionel Messi a legend? We can’t say with certainty. But what we can say is this – whatever it is, it is a combination of all those things and more.
The Rise of Lionel Messi:
Lionel Messi, the Argentine forward, has had an exceptional career as a footballer. In a sport that is famously competitive and ruthless, it is hard for one to reach the top. For this reason, it is even harder to stay there and even more difficult to become a legend. Messi made his first team debut when he was just 16 years old. He was just one of many young players coming up through the ranks at the club. But while others fell away, Messi stayed. Very soon, it became clear that he was a special talent. Messi went on to become the best player in the world, one of the most successful players in history and a legend of the game. This is the story of how the Argentine icon rose to the top of the football world.
How a Small Town in Argentina Got the Word that He Was One of the World’s Best:
The city of Rosario in Argentina is a small city. It has a population of near about one million people. But it produces some of the best footballers in the world. When Messi was growing up in Rosario, he was just like any other boy in the city. He played football in the streets with his friends. But what made him different is that he was very, very good at the game. So good that it got to the point where it seemed like everyone in the city knew about him. When Messi was around 14 years old, he was selected to play for the youth team of Rosario Central. This is when the world started to take notice of the young talent.
The Making of a Superstar:
As Messi rose through the ranks at Rosario Central, he was putting together a formidable reputation as an exceptional player. He was the best player in his team, and soon he would be the best player in the team at the next level. In his teenage years, Messi was invited to play for a number of European teams. But he decided to stay in Argentina because he felt that he belonged there. “I was always closer to my country, to my house, to my friends,” he mentioned, “I stayed because I knew I could keep growing there,” he added. This would prove to be a wise decision. Messi’s rise through the ranks of the Argentinian football leagues was quick. He scored many goals that helped his team win games. It didn’t take long for him to get noticed by the big European clubs.
Messi, The Real deal: The inside story:
The story goes that Messi was just a boy who was kicking footballs around in the streets of Rosario. He had no formal training at all. In fact, he didn’t even know how to properly hold a football. “Even though I had a ball at home, I didn’t know how to hold it. I put my hands underneath the ball,” Messi said. But he was so good at kicking the ball that it didn’t matter that he didn’t know how to hold it properly. He was also so good at kicking a football that he didn’t need to go to a football field to play the game. Instead, he just kicked the ball around in the city streets.
Journey to One billion fans: How he conquered his own:
The Argentinean maestro rose to become one of the most successful soccer players in history. He became an icon in his home country, a living legend who has since captured the hearts of millions. He is one of the highest paid athletes in the world and is currently the most popular soccer player in the world. Messi may have grown up in Rosario, Argentina, but he has become a global icon on and off the pitch. He has more than 100 million followers on social media, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. He has also been recognized for his philanthropic efforts and has been named the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
Lio Messi was born on 24th June, 1987, in a small Argentinian town, Rosario. He is the third children among fourth of his father Jorge Messi, Manager of a steel factory and mother, Celia Cuccittini, worker of a magnet manufacturing workshop. He had special affinity for football since his childhood and played for couple of local clubs from very early age.
Unfortunately, Messi was diagnosed with growth hormone deficiencies. The treatment of such illness was so expensive that his family was not able to bear after a few months. Under the circumstances, the family moved to Spain to their relatives’ place, to find a way out. Messi’s excellent football skills compelled Barcelonian management to get him signed for the junior club team.
Though Messi couldn’t play much for Barcelona during his treatment, he continued his practice. After his complete treatment, he joined his club side and became the highest goal scorer in the very first season. During 2003-2005 Messi continued to play for junior Barcelaona team. However, he got the opportunity to practice with senior team players during the same period.
Messi’s dream run for senior Barcelona team officially began 2004, although he had already played few matches as a substitute player by that time. After his contract as a senior team player with Barcelona in 2005, on his 18th Birthday, he never looked back. He achieved many feats as a club player; creating and breaking many records and then re-creating it. Though he received many proposals from other reputed international club, he remained in Barcelona till 2021.
Messi joined Paris Saint-Germain on 10th August, 2021 for a two-year contract. Presently he is playing for the same club till date. Though he has changed his club, his magic skill still continues.
Argentina National Team:
Messi debuted for his national team in 2005. Since then he played, and eventually captained his side FIFA World Cup, Olympic Games, Copa America and other International matches. Though he announced his retirement in 2016 after losing the final of Copa America to Chile for consecutive second time, he returned to the rescue of his national team in 2017 World Cup qualifier match on the request of billions of worldwide fans and his national administration.
Messi had been in relationship with Antonela Roccuzzo since 2008 and they finally married in 2017. They have three sons: Thiago, Mateo and Ciro.
Messi is an excellent human being besides being a wizard of football. Since 2004, Messi contributes financially and by other means to ailing children through UNICEF. He formed his own charitable organization, The Leo Messi Foundation in 2007. Recently he donated his three signed jerseys to fund Corona Vaccine in China. Besides all these social endeavours, Messi spends a lot of effort for the improvement of Argentinian youth Football.
Vital Stats of Messi at a Glance:
Club : Barcelona (2003-2021), Paris Saint-Germain (2021- )
National Team –Argentina
Ballon d’Or- 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019, 2021.
FIFA World Cup Golden Ball: 2014
FIFA World Player of the Year: 2009
FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball: 2009, 2011
La Liga Best Player: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15
Copa América: 2021; Runner-up: 2007, 2015, 2016
FIFA World Cup runner-up: 2014
UEFA Champions League: 2005–06, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2014–15
UEFA Super Cup: 2009, 2011, 2015
FIFA Club World Cup: 2009, 2011, 2015
La Liga: 2004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2017–
Lionel Messi is one of the most successful players in history. He is also an amazing human being who has left an indelible mark on soccer. This article has taken a journey through the remarkable story of Lionel Messi, one of the most popular and successful players in history. We have explored how he became a legend, his early days as a footballer, his rise from humble roots to international stardom and beyond. This article is proof that the best is yet to come and that Messi will continue to dazzle us with his magic on the pitch for years to come.