Lionel Messi



Born in Rosario, Santa Fe on 24 June 1987, Lionel Messi is widely regarded as the best footballer of his generation and is considered by many to be the greatest player of all time. Throughout his career, he has played in a number of roles, including as a winger and as a centre forward and is known for his pace, dribbling ability, creative play and prolific goalscoring.

Having played football at youth level for Newell's Old Boys, Messi soon attracted attention from River Plate. However, he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency at the age of 11 and the club were unwilling to invest in his treatment. FC Barcelona's sporting director, Carles Rexach, was soon made aware of his talent and agreed to pay the necessary medical expenses if Messi relocated to Spain. He officially joined the...

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