Lionel Messi was born in Argentina and comes from a poor family. His father was a factory steelworker. Messi developed a great passion for football very early in his life, so at the stage of 5, he started playing football for a local club coached by his father and when he was 8 Newell Old Boys Club – Things You Need To Know About Lionel Messi..
He dreamed of becoming a professional football player, but the dream started to fall apart when he was diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency. This meant that he was physically unable to grow unless he received special expensive therapy that cost $900 a month. Unfortunately, His parents couldn’t afford it. And the club that he was playing for refused to pay for the therapy.
Messi’s talent was so undeniable, that the football club started noticing him. River plate FC showed big interest in Messi but lacked the money to sponsor his medical treatment, so in the end, they rejected him because of his medical condition.
But soon Mess I was noticed by the coach of FC Barcelona. He sends an offer to the Family that if he passed the trial, the club would cover his medical bills. The coach was blown away by Messi’s abilities and talent. He knew that he was born to play football. So he offered him a contract that would change his life forever, so Messi’s first Barcelona contract was actually written on a napkin.
Till Today, he spent his entire professional career with Barcelona. He is often considered the best player in the world. At 22, Messi won the prestigious FIFA World Player of the Year award. He has a record-tying six Ballon d’Or awards and a record six European Golden Shoes. And the Barcelona superstar has been named the highest-paid athlete in the world!
Today his net worth is $400 million.
Messi was named football’s GOAT by the NFL on the basis that he’s won the champion league four times and that is exactly what has stirred controversy.
GOAT (or G.O.A.T) is an acronym which stands for ‘Greatest Of All Time’
There are so many lessons to be learned from his success story. A man Despite his health problems, despite his poor financial background, despite all the rejections he faced, he was still determined to achieve his dream and NEVER GIVE UP.
‘’You have to fight to reach your dream. You have to sacrifice and work hard for it’’
‘’I start early and I stay late, day after day, year after year, it took me 17 years and 114 days to become an overnight success’’ -Lionel Messi-