Aug. 28, 2020, 10:53 a.m. by Dr Gayatri Mohapatra ( 424 views)
Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona, after playing for the club for 19 years and starting a fresh challenge elsewhere would make things interesting in the world of football.
Lionel Messi has been awarded both FIFA's Player of the Year and the European Golden Shoe for top scorer on the continent a record six times.
Messi’s individual achievements are six Ballon d’Or awards, six times Champions League top scorer, six times Golden Shoe winner, six times ‘Pichichi’ (top scorer) in La Liga, Ballon d’Or winner at the 2014 World Cup, FIFA World Player of the Year in 2009 and FIFA The Best winner in 2019. His current Barcelona contract is through 2020-21 and pays him over $80 million annually.
He also has a lifelong deal with Adidas. His 438 goals, including 36 hat tricks for Barcelona, is a club and La Liga record.
The Argentinian superstar launched his own clothing line and opened his first retail outlet, The Messi Store, in September 2019 in Barcelona. The World Health Organization also took Messi's worldwide popularity to campaign for the covid19 pandemic in March 2020.
Lionel Messi is one of the most celebrated players in the world of football. He is considered one of the greatest football players of all time. He plays for the Argentina national football team and the Spanish football club “FC Barcelona.”
Messi was born to working class parents & had developed a passion for football at an early age and joined a local football club “Grandoli” at the age of 4, where he was coached by his father and when he was 8years, he was recruited to join Newell's Old Boys, a Rosario-based club but at the tender age of 11 years,Messi was diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency (GHD), and as a result, his growth was stunted. Without proper treatment which was expensive, Messi was unlikely to be able to pursue his dreams, but the local club called River Plate was not willing to pay for his exorbitant medical treatment.
Barcelona decided to give him a trial run, then coach Carles Rexach offered Messi a contract that was written on a paper napkin. It included having his treatment paid for. Barca reaped the return on its investment as Messi grew from the beginning to become its top & celebrated player. In 2005, he got Spanish citizenship, paving the way for him to play the championships.
His first big success came in the 2008–09 season, during which he helped Barcelona achieve the first treble in Spanish football. Over the ensuing years he proceeded to establish himself as Barcelona's all-time top scorer in official competitions and is also Argentina's all-time leading goalscorer.
Messi was very close to his grandmother who accompanied him to his training schedules&matches and he was shocked when she died. Messi celebrates all his goals by looking up and pointing to the sky remembering his beloved grandmother.
Messi shares his birthplace (Rosario, Argentina) with the Argentine revolutionary, Che Guevara.
I have seen the player who will inherit my place in Argentine football and his name is Messi. Messi is a genius, and he can become an even better player.” In the words of Diego Maradona "His potential is limitless, and I think he’s got everything it takes to become Argentina’s greatest player.”Comparisons with Diego Maradona seemed apt when Messi scored a stunning goal in a Copa del Rey game against Getafe in April 2007.
Spanish Media calls him “La Pulga” (The Atomic Flea) because of his short stature which gives him greater agility, allowing him to change directions quickly. He is the only player to run faster with the ball than without it. Naturally left-footed, quick, composed and precise in control of the ball, Messi is known as a keen pass distributor and can readily thread his way through packed defenses.
"I made a lot of sacrifices by leaving Argentina, leaving my family to start a new life,” Messi said, according to Biography Online. “But everything I did, I did for football, to achieve my dream. That’s why I didn’t go out partying, or do a lot of other things".
He married his long-time girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo in 2017 and the couple has three children. Despite his wealth and popularity, Messi is one of the most private people in the sport.
Lionel Messi pushed his boundaries to go from being the “smallest player on the pitch” to one of the greatest athletes of our time. In his own words "You can overcome anything, if and only if you love something enough.”