Lionel Messi : Player Profile,Statistics And Achievements

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Updated: December 17, 2014
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 Lionel Messi was born Luis Lionel Andres Messi on June 24, 1987, in Rosario, Argentina. Lionel Messi was born to Jorge Horácio Messi and Celia María Cuccittini in Rosario, Santa Fe Province. He has three siblings, two elder brothers Rodrigo and Matías, and a sister, María Sol. His father was a factory steel worker and his mother was employed as a part-time cleaner.

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At the age of five, Messi started playing for the Grandoli, a local club owned and coached by his father. By the time he turned eight, he was playing for Newell’s Old Boys. The group was immensely talented, which is visible from the fact that they lost just a single match in the next four years.
It was their sheer interest and talent for the game that made the group popularly known as ‘The Machine of ’87’.Even as a young boy, he did very well in soccer.

When he was 11 years old, he was diagnosed with a hormone deficiency. His parents did not have the money to pay for his medical needs, so they looked around for a soccer club that would be able to do this for them.
River Plate looked into the young player, but did not have the £500 a month that would be required to support his medical needs.

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