[dropcap]L[/dropcap]ionel Messi Is an Argentine Football player who is currently playing his professional football at the Spanish Football club FC Barcelona.
Below are 10 undisclosed facts about Lionel Messi that so many people did not know !
1. Lionel Messi was born on 24th June 1987 in the Rosario region of Argentina. At the tender age of 11, Lionel Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency syndrome that played a big part in reducing his body height. Despite all these difficulties, Messi went on developing his football skills to become one of the world’s finest footballers. With his fast and witty tricks, Lionel Messi is an arsenal, a one man army that any football team would like to have on its side.
2. The middle name of Lionel Messi, probably the greatest football player in the World is Andres; a name that is rarely used to refer to this ingenious player. The name was given by his parents who are believed to be the descendants of early Italian immigrants who settled in the Rosario region of Argentina. Only a few people refer to Messi with this name. His full name is Lionel Andre’s Messi.
3. One striking fact about Lionel Messi is that he is among the shortest forwards in the world. This gifted striker is only 1.69 meters high. With this shorter body height as compared with the average height of other football players, Lionel Messi continues to amaze the World with his unusual football tricks that tear apart the defence systems of the opponent teams. Lionel Messi is well endowed with abilities that make the ball to stick on his legs, despite the strenuous efforts by opponents to get the ball off him.
4. Lionel Messi received the prestigious FIFA World Player of the year nominations in 2008 when he was only 21 years old. Although he did not win it, he is among the youngest football players to be nominated for this award. He went on winning the award for the next four consecutive years.
5. In 2009, Lionel Messi won his first FIFA World Player of the Year award. He was 22 years old at the time. He went on winning this award for the next three years. He became the first player to win this award in four consecutive seasons, an achievement that has made many sports pundits to refer to Lionel Messi as the greatest football player ever to appear on the World’s surface