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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Lionel ‘Leo’ Messi

Lionel Messi is widely considered to be the best player in the world at the moment and some even believe the Argentine is the best to have ever played the beautiful game. At 23 years of age he has accomplished much more than anyone could have hoped for and his life is pretty much an open book for soccer betting fans around the globe. However, there are some things that you probably didn’t know about the Barcelona star.

1.) Messi’s style of play, impressive technical skills and small physique earned him comparisons with the legendary Diego Armando Maradona, and it is interesting that the Barcelona forward managed to mimic Maradona’s two most famous goals he had scored in the World Cup game against England. Messi first scored a brilliant goal after a solo effort against Getafe, before scoring with his hand against Espanyol in the very same season.

2.) Messi was asked to play for Spain national team, but decided to wait for a call-up from Argentina. Had he accepted a call from La Furia Roja, the Argentine would now have probably owned a World Cup winner’s medal.

3.) His debut for Argentina only lasted for around 40 seconds. That was the time he spent on the pitch before being sent off. The fact that he hadn’t deserved the red card was probably poor consolation at the time.

4.) You may be surprised to hear that not only girls drop their pants in front of Messi, but some guys as well. A man was so desperate to get a picture with Messi that he chased the Argentine around the airport and when he finally thought he had caught him, a clothing failure prevented him from accomplishing his mission.

5.) In March 2010 Messi became UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and he now works with the organization helping children around the globe.

6.) While the whole world loves watching Messi from the comfort of their homes, the Barcelona star once said that he never watched highlights of himself.

7.) In the Champions League game against Panathinaikos, a Greek fan invaded the pitch only to show Messi the middle finger, probably tired of constantly watching the Argentine making fun of PAO’s defence.

8.) He won the 2009 Ballon d’Or award in front of Cristiano Ronaldo, by collecting 473 out of possible 480 votes. How do you think the Portuguese handled the results?

9.) Barcelona signed the Argentine when he was just 13 with the scouts needing just half an hour to realize the player’s massive potential. That will soon prove to be one of the best decisions in the history of football.

10.) Following Barcelona’s 6:2 victory over Real at Santiago Bernabeu, Messi achieved the unthinkable and received standing ovation from the home fans, having scored two goals to help his side record a memorable win. Cristiano Ronaldo would have nothing against getting the same treatment at Camp Nou, but Real will first have to beat Barca for that to happen.

Thu 31 March, 2011
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140 Comments:

  1. ponnu says:

    compairing naymar and messi is like compairing a cat with a lion, long live messi< he is the king of the jungle<

  2. rowland says:

    Long long live leo. My soccer hero

  3. chris tyko says:

    ponnu dont b an idiot comparing messi and neymar is more like comparing fifa to real football

  4. messi is a class above any so called good player in soccer today

  5. idowu olatunbosun says:

    in dis generation u ar d best u make football who plays for Gateway united in nigeria aspiring to play in europe,my greatest dream is play alongside with u may be as an opponent I wish u long live .

  6. Seun says:

    Ronaldo deserves to be the winner

  7. BILE says:

    IF UR EVEN BLIND U CAN HEAR GOALOOOOOO MANY TIMES AND WHEN U COUNT THEN U WILL SEE WHO IS THE BEST PLAYER ON THIS EART,MESSI ALLTHE WAY

  8. Jayanta Ray says:

    Messy, Ronaldo both r great footballer in this time. But they only play well in club football. They will be world class if they play well in their national team, then they can take place with Pele, Maradona, Ronaldo(Brasil) and others.. Always Balon D R could not proved a world class footballer. There is a Huge difference between Club Football & International Football…….
    I think, if I will play in RM/Bercelona, I can score some Goals like Messi/Ronaldo……………

  9. Jayanta Ray says:

    Always Balon D R could not proved a world class footballer. There is a Huge difference between Club Football & International Football…….
    Messi/Ronaldo have to play well in their national team to be a Real World Class……………

  10. moses says:

    Wel, messi and ronaldo are both grate player indeed.but messi is a record braker,humble himself himself to everbody,and believe dt God almight has help him 2 acheived all d award.

  11. phoeniz says:

    club football now is like world football, pele’s days, the only world football is the world cup. messi is the best!

  12. Neymar will get mature in a culb like Barcelona. His skill are promising and only in the field will he show if he came to be one of the greatest. Neymar you need to play as a team and not as a one-mans game like you are acostumed at Santos Club. Leonel Messi is the Best in the World, he has proven his mastery in soccer. We can learn from him. Long Live Messi. You are # 1. Here at Belize, Central America we proclaim you the best ever!!!

  13. Wesley says:

    Ronaldo has had very great matches against Barcelona! IN the beginning Real did lose alot to Barcelona but they have learned the ways and I can promise you this! 2013/2014 season Real Madrid will be Barcelona Every-time Just you watch. Messi is the best but please do remember he’s playing with a team that just plays him the ball if you thing I’m wrong then why did David Villa leave? right… so lets think about that for a sec

  14. Usman Julius Adinoyi says:

    Messi is my hero. I love him more than any footballer

  15. Saiful Islam says:

    As for me, Messi is best player .

  16. sivamaran says:

    Messi always great

  17. Oscar D Phiri says:

    CR7 is the best he can score in his country’s assignment and a club aswell!

  18. zak says:

    messi is the bestplayer so far in football history.credit to ronaldo too.both have been consistent for almost a decade and still improving.the 2 are the best players of all times.

  19. raphael says:

    Disgusting. This is your weakness mr Editor. It seems your pants keep falling

  20. Emmanuel okon says:

    In football. D best player is given base on what u hav to offer. We should rule out d fact dat without injury, who wil hav heard of C.R, messi is the best and he should b given dis year ballon d or.

  21. Mike says:

    ronaldo is a tiger if messi is a lion

  22. joel says:

    guys are blind messi is nowhere compared to cr7 wait and see wen Xavier n iniesta hv hanged there bout u will prove me right Ronaldo the bed
    .

  23. Philip says:

    Football is team work. These two young men are being guided by the players around them. Xavier and Iniesta are not part of Argentina Team.

  24. chris says:

    He is great, strong and humble, long live messi, he’s still the world greatest player. well CR effort needed to be built or else he would have left soccer.

  25. Ahmad says:

    Messi is the best ever Ronaldo is no way near him

  26. prince says:

    i gues messi had come the best in world football at what age , while hw old is naymar ,pliz stop compare massi and naymar

  27. Cerebral Assassin says:

    Lionel Messi is the best. WTF has Ronaldo for Portugal? For those of you blabbering that Ronaldo is better just because Messi plays for Barca, Messi has a better record for his national team than Ronaldo. Compare the stats at their respective clubs Messi is way better. And everybody knows who creates more goals and more assists. So all you Ronaldo fans SHUT your mouth and just accept the reality. Messi is the greatest player ever to grace the game.

  28. usher says:

    Defenders r more scared for messi than cr7, not even hammers can stop messi

  29. Messi is the man to be worshiped in the world of football

  30. Brad says:

    For those of you who think Messi is the best all time, I ask you this: Where is his World Cup championships? Sure, he IS the best in the world. . . RIGHT NOW. but not all time. That’s still Pele.

  31. burrna says:

    Hw is pele d best BRAD? Did u see him play? Ave u eva sat dwn 2 see his highlights? Guy dnt tlk wit sentiments k dis messi guy has bein gud rite 4rm d 1st tym he entered lime lyt, he has shown dat he is d best by breakin records dat as bein done 4 decades dere by gven oda generation of footballer target 2 reach b4 bein better dan him so stop dis pele dis pele dat. Wat was pele’s xcuse wen asked him nd maradona hu is beta nd he said him cos maradona plays wit 1 foot is dat t? Pele was gud in his days fyn bt in dis generation messi is far beta cos. 1. Advancement of football has even made t harder if u say ts a lie hw many football clubs do we ave presently? Nd hw many footballers do we ave nw den compare 2 den. 20yrs b4 nw was football a career pple wuld wnt 4 dem selves? So 4 him 2 stnd out among millions of football players pls try nd gve him dat respect cos he deserves t. So 4 me messi nd ronaldo ar world class bt messi has proven 2 b beta dan ronaldo cos he alwaz tend 2 beat him. Example El classico messi nd ronaldo(since his arrival) has both played 21 tyms messi avin 9assist wit 15 goals while ronaldo has 2 assist wit 13goals nd shots tken par does games messi has 56shot while ronaldo has 96shots so messi is a beta team player,more accurate in shots dan ronaldo nd wen t coms 2 breakin records nd settin new 1s messi is a god so u see pele,maradona nd evry oda players has had dere own tym 2 b gr8 bt dis is messi’s tenure so pls u guys shuld let him b ok

  32. Joe says:

    I am 62 yrs old and have seen players like Sir Stanley Matthews, Bobby Charlton, Denis Law, Bobby Moore, George Best, Pele, Eusebio, Maradonna, Zidane, Puskas, Di Stefano, Jimmy Johnstone, Jim Baxter, Beckenbauer, Muller, Danny McGrain, Larsson, Cristiano Ronaldo, Dalglish, and more. All these players could rightly have been considered the best in their position in the world in their day, but no player has ever come within a thousand miles of Messi. Having missed a quarter of the season last season he still almost beat out Ronaldo for the top spot! I feel blessed to have lived through seeing these players, but especially blessed to be able to watch Leo Messi.

  33. Brad says:

    Burrna, if your comment was actually worth the time, I’d have read it. Not only is your English horrible, but you don’t seem to give any real argument. yeah, I see facts and numbers, but you’re obviously someone who hasn’t bother to watch Pele highlights, nor will you unless it is to spite me.
    Come back with a real argument that not only is worth the reading, but can also be read clearly.

  34. clarence l. watson says:

    Both man and woman love to see messi playing football, and he is the best footballer in the world

  35. Alvin Chea says:

    i love too much

  36. kyawesome says:

    Lionel messi is truly awesome i think he is better than Ronaldo.

  37. kyawesome says:

    messi is also on a better team;Argentina, but what team is ronaldo on?Portugal?!that team is way worse than Argentina.i have to say the teams are not comparable but the players are and i think messi is the best.

  38. Junior says:

    Messi is greater than Cristiano by far. Messi is an icon and hero to me. All Cristiano fans must be blind and def not to notice that fact

  39. mesii is the hero of ftbal at all tyms.Magare wycliffe,kenya says:

    mesii the king of ftbal

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