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Lionel Messi: 10 Interesting Facts You Should Know About the Argentine Football Legend

Argentina's Lionel Messi has had so many iconic moments in his legendary career - with 627 goals and 34 trophies for Barcelona as well as six Ballons d'Or.

Image credit: Instagram Lionel Messi - The Man, The Legend

Messi continues to set new benchmarks for the others to follow, some maybe untouchable. He overcame a potential career-threatening medical condition at a young age before he began his goal scoring spree and winning trophies both.

Image credit: Instagram Lionel Messi - The Enigma

He was born in Rosario which also the birthplace of famous revolutionary Che Guevara.

Image credit: InstagramMessi Posing With Wife Antonela Roccuzzo

When young, Messi was diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency. However, after signing with Barcelona, the Spanish giants agreed to pay for his treatment.

Image credit: InstagramLionel Messi - Always Ahead of The Opponent

Messi made his Barcelona debut on November 16, 2003 during a friendly against FC Porto and official debut on October 16, 2004 against Espanyol in a 1-0 win.

Image credit: InstagramLionel Messi - The 'Ultimate Family Man'

Messi became the all-time leading goalscorer in Barcelona history in March 2014.

Image credit: InstagramLionel Messi - Darling of The 'Big Brands'

His Argentina debut lasted a mere 45 seconds having received a straight red card. He was reportedly offered the chance to represent Spain but he refused.

Image credit: InstagramLionel Messi - One in a Generation

During 2012, Messi scored a record-breaking 79 goals for Barcelona and 12 for Argentina for a combined tally of 91 goals which is the most by any footballer in a calendar year.

Image credit: InstagramLionel Messi - Shredded to The Core

Messi is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and also runs Leo Messi Foundation that provides aid to children in need.

Image credit: InstagramLionel Messi - On Top of The Pile

Lionel Messi is a record six-time Ballon d’Or winner.

Image credit: InstagramLionel Messi - Goodwill Ambassador

The Argentine has also won the European Golden Shoe award six times in 2009-10, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19.

Image credit: InstagramMessi Enjoying Some 'Private Time' With Antonela

The pair met in their home town of Rosario when they were just five, with her cousin Lucas Scaglia being his close pal.

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