As the star football icon, Barca striker, Argentina forward, Lionel Messi turned 33 today, his fans around the world poured wishes for him.
Born on this date in 1987 in Argentina’s Rosario; he signed up with FC Barcelona when he was 13; since then the world has witnessed one of the great players in the history of football.
With Messi on Strike, his national team Argentina continued to set new records and benchmarks. On the personal front, Messi is happily married to his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo since 2017, and is father to three sons: Thiago Messi, Mateo Messi and Ciro Messi.. On his special day, let’s take a look at some of his interesting facts you might not be aware of:
Leo became the all-time leading goalscorer in the history of Spanish club Barcelona in March 2014.
Leo Messi achieved his first Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards in 2009.
Also, Messi is a record six-time Ballon d’Or winner.
You may not be aware of that Leo inherited the No. 10 Barca jersey from another great footballer of Brazil Ronaldinho in the summer of 2008.
In addition to this he has taken the European Golden Shoe award six times in 2009-10, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19.
Moreover, the Argentine striker Won the Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
He is also the goodwill ambassador United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and runs the Leo Messi Foundation that provides aid to children in need.
Do you know that the record six-time Ballon d’Or winner scored his first goal for the Catalan giants against Albacete?
Leo was diagnosed with a growth hormone disorder, or GHD during his young days but Barcelona took care of him and later the Argentine serve them with sheer loyalty.
He was pursued by the Royal Spanish Football Federation to join the Spanish Football Team, which he declined.