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When I first read about “Leo” Messi’s real life story, all I could think of was “unbelievable”!

Messi was born in Rosario, Santa Fe, to parents Jorge Horacio Messi, a factory steel worker, and Celia María Cuccittini, a part-time cleaner. At the age of five, Messi started playing football for Grandoli, a local club coached by his father Jorge. At the age of 11, he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency. Primera División club River Plate showed interest in Messi’s progress, but did not have enough money to pay for treatment for his condition which cost $900 a month. The sporting director of FC Barcelona, had been made aware of his talent and Messi and his father were able to arrange a trial.Rexach, with no other paper at hand, offered Messi a contract written on a paper napkin (*wow*). Barcelona offered to pay for Messi’s medical bills if he was willing to move to Spain,  so Messi and his father moved to Barcelona where Messi enrolled in the club’s youth academy”.

That’s just a summary of his early life. Having defied the odds of a serious illness that nearly ended his football career before it even started, he is now the world’s best football player having risen to the level of greats and his fellow Argentine hero Diego Maradona.

It’s the display of football that captures eyes all around the world. Everytime he touches the ball, the world stops to watch what he will make of it. I have never in my time (still young though) ever seen a player of Messi’s calibre. Of course there are those who may come close such as Christiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney etc but they just never quite get it like Messi does.

Messi is hailed world wide as “the football god”, but credit should also be given to the team that he calls home, Barcelona. The team lead by former Barca player Pep Guardiola is being praised as one of the finest Barca teams to date. Messi may be the brightest of all stars but the whole team pulls together to give him the platform to shine.

A remarkable tally of 56 goals in 62 games for club and country this season suggests Messi deserves his place alongside Pele, Diego Maradona, Johan Cruyff, Alfredo Di Stefano and George Best in the pantheon of all-time greats.

“Maradona worked with Messi when he was Argentina manager at last year’s World Cup and said recently: “I’ve heard many times over the years that there is a ‘new Maradona’. With Messi, though, I believe the player is equal to the hype.”

The modest 23 year old forward says it himself, refusing to take the credit for Barcelona’s 3-1 Champions League final win against Manchester United even though the Argentine maestro stole the show at Wembley with a sublime display. 

But the humble forward was keen to share the praise with his teammates.

“To be the man of the match is the least important thing, because it was incredible how we played. We were very good in all areas,”. (This after their champions league victory last night).

“We’re very happy to lift another trophy. It was a difficult season but we showed who we are. We were the better team.”

Players like Puyol, Xavi and Iniesta are greats in their own rights. If it weren’t for their key roles in the middle of the park, things may have not always turned out in Barca’s favour. The team which is made up of mostly the reigning world cup champs from Spain are in a league of their own. Whether they’ll admit it or not, their rivals want to be like them and whether Christiano admits it or not, he wants to be like Messi and even greater!

“It was Messi’s 53rd of the season and his 12th in the Champions League. The goal was also notable because it was the first time Messi had scored on English soil. Messi’s 12th goal of this season’s competition equalled Ruud van Nistelrooy’s Champions League record and teammate Xavi added: “He is the No 1, he makes the difference – he is just the best player in the world.” 

The two time world player of the year was hailed by his Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola  “Messi is the best player I have seen and probably the best I will ever see.”

His story is such an inspiration not only to aspiring football players, sportsmen and women but to anyone in general who has a dream. Not having money, being born into a poor family and being diagnosed with some sort of curable or incurable disease does not mean that it is the end of your dream. Messi is one example out of many, you can be who and what you dream of being despite all obstacles!



From your girl Allegro Dinkwanyane- “I’m just saying”, so have your say…


Is Messi king or what???

I’m a passionate writer, who enjoys writing and informing people as well as learning new things. I love sports, the arts and music. I am a sports presenter of UJfm 95.4 as well as other things. Simply put, I am a dynamic young lady who wants to bring about chnage and have an impact in both the media industry and in people’s lives.

Allegro – who has written posts on Farai Today.

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  • Cartor Frankix

    He’s very great player and every know him for his talent.
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  • ahmad

    king of kings