• At the age of 11, Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency which was stopping his normal growth rate.
  • His parents could not afford his treatment, which was $1000 a Month.
  • Lionel Messi could have joined Arsenal from Barcelona as a teenager but he was rejected.
  • A recent biography suggests the potential deal broke down because Arsenal were unable to purchase accommodation for Messi’s family, who were keen to join him in London, although the South American would still have needed to secure a work permit.
  • Messi had known his wife Antonela Roccuzzo since the age of five as she was related to Messi’s childhood best friend Lucas Scaglia, who also happens to be a professional football player.
  • Messi’s first contract with Barcelona was detailed out on a paper napkin!
  • At the age of 17, he made his league debut against RCD Espanyol and became the third youngest person ever to play on Barcelona.
  • At that time he was also the youngest player to ever score for Barcelona.
  • Barcelona was so impressed with Messi’s foot skills that they offered to pay his medical bills and move the family to Spain just to sign him when he was 13. That probably explains why the contract was first signed on a napkin.
  • His first contract with FC Barcelona was detailed on a napkin because there was no paper and the then Sporting director, Carlos Rexach wanted an immediate signature due to Messi’s unbelievable talent, not wanting to waste a single second.
  • Messi was once offered a place in Spain’s National Team which he didn’t accept.

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