As a young boy, Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency. At age 13, he signed with Futbol Club Barcelona and moved to Spain. As part of the contract, FC Barcelona agreed to pay for Messi's hormone treatments.Lionel Messi is arguably the best footballer in the world at the moment.He is often compared to football legends like Pele and Maradona and it won't be a surprise if he overtakes them soon.His full name is Luis Lionel Andres Messi.Messi was born on June 24, 1987 in Rosario, Argentina. Messi shares his birthplace with the Argentinian revolutionary Che Guevera. His family is of middle-class Italian origin. His father, Jorge, was a steelworker, and he also coached the local youth football team.Messi was not very healthy and nutritious in his childhood days like the other boys around. He was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency which was stopping his normal growth rate at a tender age of 11. His parents could not afford his treatment, which was $900 a month.
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. Messi's first contract with Barcelona was detailed out on a paper napkin! FC Barcelona sporting director Carles Rexach was so impressed with Messi's skills that he wanted to make a contract immediately and there was no paper available at that time.
"Why I like Messi"
He has complete Ball touch
He knows how to control the ball perfectly
He can juke other people without touvhing the ball
He is fast when he has the ball he runs with little touches to the ball