From an unknown boy in Rosario, now Messi has become one of the best players of all time.


From an unknown boy in Rosario, now Messi has become one of the best players of all time.

Yesterday morning, Lionel Messi continued to shine with a hat-trick in Barcelona’s 4-0 victory over APOEL. Thanks to that, El Pulga surpassed the legendary Raul and officially became the top scorer in Champions League history with 74 goals.
A few days ago, the Argentine superstar also set a new record in La Liga with 253 goals, putting an end to Telmo Zarra ‘s record of 251 goals that has stood for nearly 60 years . So, to achieve success today, what did  Messi have to go through?
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Messi has just broken Rául’s record of 71 goals and is currently four goals ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo.
In 1987, Argentina was the World Cup champion and Diego Maradona was considered the best player in the world. However, at that time, few people could have imagined that, in a poor area in the city of Rosario, Argentina’s third largest city, a new legend of the football village was born.
Lionel Andres Messi is the third son of Jorge Messi , a steel worker, and Celia Cuccittini , a janitor. On June 24, 1987, Messi was born healthy but weighing only 3 kg and 47 cm tall. Things have never been easy for El Pulga .
From the very first days, football has been a part of Messi ‘s life . Rosario Central was crowned Argentina champion two weeks before Messi was born, but El Pulga inherited his father’s passion for another team in the city: Newell’s Old Boys. “ Whenever Mom asks Leo to go out and help with errands, he always takes the ball with him. If there were no balls, he would make one himself from a plastic bag or socks ,” said Messi ‘s brother Matias .
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Messi’s childhood.
From the age of 3, Messi began to become “best friends” with the ball. A few years ago, the Barcelona striker once revealed: ” I was given my first ball when I was a baby, 3 or 4 years old. From then on, whatever it is, Christmas or birthday, the only gift I want is a ball .” Messi often goes to see his brother play at a poor local club, Grandoli. Grandoli’s youth team coach at that time was Salvador Aparicio , one day, Aparicio discovered he was missing a player.
“ I looked up in the stands and saw him playing with a ball ,” Aparicio told Goal before his death in 2008, “ but he was too young, so we decided to wait for the bridge. The other player came, but in the end he didn’t show up, so I asked Messi’s mother to lend me him for a while. His mother disagrees with the idea, saying that he has never played a match. Messi’s grandmother was also present and she said: ‘Come on, let the boy play ‘ ! And then they lent him to me .”
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Messi has been passionate about the ball since he was a child.
“ The first time the ball got to his feet, he just looked at it and let it slide. He didn’t even move. But the next time the ball hit him, it almost hit his left foot. Then he started to control it and ran to the other side of the field. He dribbles past everyone who gets in his way. I yelled at him to shoot, but he was too young. From that day on, he was always on my team ”, quoted Aparicio .
At the time, Messi was only 5 years old, but it didn’t take long for the little boy from Rosario to learn how to shoot and score. “ Later, in the youth team, he used to score 6-7 goals per game. Instead of waiting for the goalkeeper to kick the ball, he would grab the ball and start dribbling around the field. He is extraordinary ,” concluded  Aparacio .
At the age of 9, Messi joined the club he still supports to this day, Newell’s Old Boys. During his time at Newell’s,  Messi has become an important piece in the “Maquina de la ’87” generation (the 87 machine) that has only lost one game in four years. The reason this name is so named is because all the players in the team were born in 1987.
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Messi in Newell’s Old Boys shirt (bottom middle row).
At the age of 11, Messi was found to have GHD (growth hormone deficiency). Without timely treatment, El Pulga ‘s dream of becoming a professional player will be a thing of the past. Contrary to what the press reported, Newell’s once tried to pay for his promising star’s medicine, but with the team in crisis and with little funding, Messi’s father began to get impatient . Mr. Jorge thought about bringing the whole family to Australia, but then he believed that his son’s talent could help the family overcome difficulties. He decided to bring Messi to River Plate “trial”.
Here, the 13-year-old striker quickly impressed when playing with players 3 years older than him. It was also here that Messi first met Gonzalo Higuain , his future teammate in the Argentina team.
However, when Messi’s father asked River for a job and a house in Buenos Aires, River refused. On the other hand, Newell’s proved to be very stubborn in the negotiation process, so the transfer also went up in smoke. Instead, Jorge met with representatives of a talent agency, who called his lawyer Juan Mateo , and then a video of Messi flipping an orange (113 times in a row) and tennis balls (120 times) sent to Barcelona   scout Josep Minguella .
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Messi in his early days at Barcelona (bottom row, far left).
Most surprisingly, just a video like that was enough for Messi to win a place in the Barca test. After that, El Pulga set out for the Catalan capital with his father and an intermediary named Fabian Soldini. The 27-year-old superstar’s first contract was signed on a napkin by his father, Minguella and former Barca midfielder Carles Rexach , but Messi ‘s future remained uncertain for the next three years. His father did not have a job, the club broke promises a few times, things only became “easy” when the contract with a salary of 4000 euros a month was given to the Messi family in 2004 .
In the same year, a taller and stronger Messi made his debut for the Barcelona first team at the age of 17. In the same season, Messi scored his first goal for the Catalan side with a skillful lob against Albacete. “ When we first saw him, he was so small that we wondered what he was doing here ,” said Gerard Pique of his team-mate. Now, after a decade, the rickets boy has not only become the top scorer in La Liga history, but also leads the record for the number of goals in the Champions League.
Lionel Messi: From an unknown boy to a contemporary legend
Messi has now become one of the best players in Barcelona in particular and the world in

Messi: The guy who thought he was only 1m4 tall became a 1m7 player, “monumental” muscles

Messi’s toned, solid body

From the boy suffering from lack of growth hormone….

Lionel Messi once opened up about his difficult journey, from an ordinary boy in Rosario to stardom in Barcelona in the Telegraph a few years ago. He loves football and wants to play, but this sport requires a very high physical foundation and many other skills.

Ironically, right from the first request (in terms of fitness), Messi was unable to meet. He shared: “When I was 11 years old, the doctor discovered that I had a growth hormone deficiency, which required treatment to be able to develop normally. Every night, I had needles inserted into my leg, overnight overnight. , day by day, for 3 years straight. I looked very small compared to my friends. When I went to school, I was always the smallest in the class.”

Every month, Messi’s family spends about 1,500 USD (more than 33 million VND) to treat him. The doctor said that without adequate medication, the superstar player would only be about 1m4 tall, but in fact he is now 1m7 tall. Although still a modest number compared to his colleagues, Messi makes people around him admire his ability to dribble and score goals.



Messi’s toned, muscular arms

Until the player with a strong body 

Genetic factors do not determine Messi’s current physicality, but it is the constant training that makes him successful at present. Players apply 2 training modes:

One is the set of instantaneous acceleration and linear speed. Messi combines a variety of exercises to increase strength such as squatting, jumping rope, jumping over obstacles, sprinting, jogging on the machine… These exercises help the legs of the “dwarf guy” turf” is more flexible and durable.

The second is movement in different directions. Lionel Messi practiced kicking, pulling cables, doing leg weights and jogging for 10 minutes. In addition to heavy training, he also participates in yoga classes to help relax his mind and regulate his body.



Messi’s body has no excess fat

In the past, when he first entered La Masia academy (the training center for young football players of Barca club), the striker nicknamed La Pulga Atomica (Atomic Flea) often felt tired and tired. Can’t keep up with teammates. Messi is weak but has to work too much, so he is exhausted. To overcome this problem, the player has exercised more bodybuilding at the gym and supplemented with food supplements in addition to closely following the physical development program of the academy.


Messi idolizes Brazilian legend Ronaldinho, so he often follows his seniors to the gym. The instructor Ronaldinho has guided Messi many effective exercises and has been followed by Messi until now. Almost every day Messi practices, never taking a break.



Messi really idolizes Ronaldinho and does physical training with his seniors

In addition to rigorous training, Messi also combines a scientific diet, especially the period about to “go to battle”.

Before 10 days of football matches, Messi often applies a high-starch menu, supplemented with protein 3 times a day, plus drinking lots of water.

Up to 5 days before the match, Messi in addition to eating as above also added a bowl of vegetable soup before each meal. Vegetable soup must contain turmeric, chili, coriander and ginger as they help to improve blood circulation.

If there is 1 day left before the match, Messi eats an afternoon snack. He eats mainly fish, shrimp, chicken, boiled potatoes, green vegetables and fruits. 6 hours before the match, Messi “invested in sleeping” instead of waking up to eat. You stay away from starch for now. With 90 minutes left before the game, Messi likes to eat fruits such as bananas, mangoes, apples, … because they are rich in fiber and low in sugar.

A colleague said, things did not come naturally to Messi, Messi had to try harder than others. Thanks to the above training secrets, Messi has such good physical strength.

Image of Messi in physical training courses



He jumps over obstacles to strengthen his legs

Messi’s perfect 6-pack abs


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