9 Facts about A Great Footballer – Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi - Short Stature, Soaring Success, the Billionaire Footballer. The path from conquering illness to achieving legendary status.

After his football training, Messi used to work at a store serving tea and coffee to provide some financial assistance to his family.

At the age of 11, Messi faced a significant challenge when he was diagnosed with a serious condition, Growth Hormone Deficiency, which had stunted his height growth.

On August 17, 2005, at just 18 years of age, he made his first international debut against Hungary. After that, he never looked back and continued to hoist the flag of success consistently.

In 2003, at the age of 16, Messi stepped onto the field to play for Barcelona's club for the first time. They were up against the Porto team. In his very first match, he impressed not only the coach but also the audience.

In the 2014 World Cup, under his captaincy, Argentina reached the finals. For his outstanding performance, he was honored with the Golden Ball award.

Messi's girlfriend is named Antonela Roccuzzo, who is a professional model and a nutritionist. With whom he had relations for many years. He also had two children.

Messi earns $50 million annually, with the majority of his income coming from brand endorsements. He endorses 40 different brands.

In late 2021, Messi won the 'Ballon d'Or' award for the 7th time, being named the Best Footballer once again.