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Throwback pictures of Lionel Messi before he became a superstar, that will melt your heart.

Maduanusi 06/25/2020

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Lionel Andres Cuccittini Messi, born on 24th June, 1987 is an Argentine professional footballer, who plays as a forward, and captains both Spanish club Barcelona, and the Argentina national team.

Often considered the best in the world, and widely regarded, as one the greatest players of all time. Messi has won a record six Ballon d'or awards, and a record six European Golden shoes. He has spent all his entire career with Barcelona, where he has won a club record 34 trophies.

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The great player, we all know Lionel Messi to be today, has a touching story behind it. He had a humble beginning.

Messi was born in Rosario, Argentina. He is the third son of the four children of Jorge Messi, a steel factory manager, and his wife, Celia Cuccittini, who worked in a magnet manufacturing workshop.

Leo had passion for football as a child, however his future, as a professional player was threatened, when he at the age of 10, he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency. As his father's health insurance, covered only two years of growth hormone treatment, which cost at least $100 per month.

His boyhood club, Newell's Old Boys, agreed to contribute, but later reneged on their promise. He was scouted by Buenos Aires club, River Plate but they were unable to pay for his treatment.

As the Messi family had relatives in Catalonia, they sought to arrange a trial, with Barcelona in September 2000. First team director Charly Rexach, immediately wanted to sign him, but the Board of directors hesitated, but on 14 December, an ultimatum was issued for Barcelona to prove their commitment, and Rexach with no other paper at hand, offered a contract on a paper napkin.

He really had a memorable past, and I want to lead you back to the early days of Messi's life, with these heart-melting throwback pictures.


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Messi with Taiwo and Mikel Obi at U-20 World Cup.

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Young Messi and wife Antenello

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Messi with Gerrard Pique and Cesc Fabregas

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Messi scores his first professional goal

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Messi with Ronaldinho and Etoo

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Top Comments
WusuIsrael · 06/25/2020
his three son's look a lot like him when he was little
IsaiahDamilare_01 · 06/26/2020
nice

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