Lionel Messi | An Inspirational Story of the Legend Footballer
An inspirational story about the legend footballer Lionel Messi. He is the smallest boy with biggest dreams. He was born on 24th June, 1987 in central Argentina. Messi is regarded as the world’s best football player of all the time. He plays for FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team. He has won FIFA world player of the year four times (a record already). Even though he is shorter, he is the true inspiration who rises above his teammates and opponents with his determination and skill.
“There’s no doubt. It’s certain that I will be 100 percent.”– Lionel Messi
Early Life challenges of Lionel Messi
The magical footballer Lionel Messi was born in an average working-class family; father worked in a steel factory and mother as cleaner. At a very young age he started playing and with his talent he could capture a lot of attention from prestigious local clubs and teams. It was not very easy for him to succeed in his career. At age of 11, Lionel Messi was diagnosed with Growth Hormone Deficiency. This meant he was physically unable to grow. And the cost of his treatment was very expensive which was out of his family’s budget. He has immense internal power despite so many challenges, he has never given up on his dreams.
Even his determination and strength on the ground was noticed by the Sports director of Barcelona FC. He left Argentina and shifted to Barcelona with his family because the local club didn’t want to pay his medical expenses. By signing a new contract he became part of the prestigious FC Barcelona youth academy.
“The day you think there are no improvements to be made is a sad one for any player.” – Lionel Messi
At 13, Lionel Messi was scoring his way through the system in record time. While still very quiet and noticeably shorter than everyone else on the field, Messi stood out for his deft ability with the ball and unbeatable goal-scoring. He was even named Player of the Tournament. Behind the scenes of his success on the field was an arduous routine. Every day he practiced and every night he injected growth hormones into his legs. This was Messi’s life until he was 14 years old. In barely a year and a half, he had already reached a level in the academy where he could join his first team. His treatment was finally over, and his body began to grow normally again, ultimately reaching 5′ 7″.
Major Achievements – Hard Work Pays Off
In 2004 Lionel Messi was offered to play for Spain under 20, but he decided to play for Argentina, for his birth country. Messi made his international debut with victory in 2005 FIFA Youth Championship. In 2006, Messi was part of the double winning team which won both La Liga (Spanish League) and Champions League. At 22 years old, Messi won the Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year award by record voting margins. His personal best campaign to date was the 2011–12 season, in which he set the La Liga and European records for most goals scored in a single season. He led Argentina to three consecutive finals of the 2014 World Cup, for which he won the Golden Ball, and the 2015 and 2016 Copas América. With Barcelona, he has won nine La Liga titles and four UEFA Champions League titles.
“It took me 17 years and 114 days to become an overnight success.” – Lionel Messi
Although he has yet to fulfill his goal of bringing home a world cup, Lionel Messi achieved his childhood dream with inspiring strength and dedication. Dubbed as “Maradona’s successor” by the legend himself. Messi continues to make his team and country proud in more ways than one. Off the pitch, he is an advocate for children’s rights, funding medical care for the less fortunate and funding youth clubs, including his old football club, Newell’s Old Boys.
“There are more important things in life than winning or losing a game.” – Lionel Messi
A True Inspirational Journey
The boy who was once too small to play with his cousins is now the winner of five Golden Balls, three European Golden Shoes, and is one of the top goal scorers in the world. Messi is surely a very inspirational figure who has made it big on the basis of his determination and skill and has combated a difficult past to come out on top.