Messi: A Biography by Leonardo FaccioFor soccer enthusiasts and sports fans in general, an in-depth look at the life of the beautiful game’s greatest star, Argentine footballer Lionel Messi.
Whether you call it soccer, football, fútbol, or the “beautiful game, it is the most popular sport in the world, and Argentine footballer Lionel Messi stands as one of its finest players—not only of his time, but of all time. Admired around the globe for his athleticism, skill, and fierce competitiveness, Messi has, at the age of 24, already shattered records at one of the most storied clubs in the world, FC Barcelona. Now, in this comprehensive biography, Messi fans can learn more about his life and career. Argentine journalist Leonardo Faccio describes how Messi, as a talented youth player in Buenos Aires, left his home for Spain in search of the medical help his family could not afford to treat his rare hormone deficiency. Small of stature, but possessing tremendous natural gifts, Messi developed into a star at Barcelona’s famed Masia soccer school. In this book, Faccio has written not only a biography of an enigmatic celebrity, but a meditation on athletic genius, drawing on interviews with Messi himself, as well as with everyone from his family, teammates, childhood friends—even his favorite butcher. In-depth and intimate, soccer fans who enjoy watching Messi come alive on the field will delight as he comes alive on the page.
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Lionel Messi Biography Facts, Childhood And Personal Life
How special was Lionel Messi as a youngster? Barcelona's first team director Charly Rexach was so convinced of his potential that with no other paper at hand, he offered Messi a contract on a paper napkin, despite hesitation from the board of directors. But we at SPORTbible like to look back and remember just how bloody good the five-time Balon d'Or winner was as a kid, with this footage from his days with hometown club, Newell's Old Boys, being an incredible example of how talented he was with a ball at his feet. Even at such a young age, Messi stands out from the rest in such an effortless way. He just glides across the surface. Back in May, Barcelona released some never-before-seen footage of Lionel Messi playing for the club's youth side, and it only strengthened his case for being considered the greatest of all time. Messi properly burst on the scene in , as the Argentina international made his Barcelona debut against local rivals Espanyol.
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The Young Lionel Messi ● Goals, Skills & Assists ● 2003-2008 HD
Barcelona shared the footage of their mini maestro, who has been running rings around the opposition since Today Lionel Messi needs no introduction. But there was a time when the Argentine, who transferred to Catalonia from youth club Newell's Old Boys, was completely unknown. In the early years of his career in football, the year-old suffered from a growth hormone deficiency and battled with homesickness in Spain. But in he enrolled in Barcelona's world famous La Masia academy and it wasn't long before he was taking the world by storm. The above video, which was recently posted online by Barcelona in celebration of one of the best players they ever produced, shows the youngster's early days at the club. And the compilation clip really does put into perspective just how good Messi was in comparison to the other youth prospects his age.
He captains and plays forward for Barcelona Spanish club as well as the Argentina national team. Ever since he was a kid, he has entertained many with his prodigious skills, amazing dribbles, astounding swiftness and powerful shots. Now a global icon, he still adds to the thrill of the beautiful game of football. Messi was the third of four children they gave birth to. He grew up in a family where the game of football was adored. At Grandoli, Messi was coached by his father, but his grandmother accompanied him to his matches as well as training.