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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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136 Comments:

  1. Respect_Play says:

    A good article on Messi. ;-)

  2. Alfee says:

    What makes him a great player apart from his obvious out-of-this-world skills is his humility.

  3. Akpati says:

    Another important facet about messi is that he is quick to accept correction.Besides he is humble to all. Just that c.Ronaldo play free kick more than him,but what about speed i cant really say i think both have speed.

  4. chibuike says:

    he have skills more than cronaldo

  5. Melinda says:

    Wow! 23 years old and considered to be the worlds best soccer player with a humble personality. This guy will go far as long as he keeps his head clear and his focus where it should be. Anyhow, great article and very well written about a great player. Thanks for the ability to comment.
    Best regards
    Melinda

  6. calinator says:

    messi is a boosted soccer star, he is the curent world no1 player bt he is failing at his home country. I regard CR07 the best nd he broke the record jst a season in spain nd he did it in england 2

  7. Orakpo Helios says:

    He is realy a star. But we shouldn’t compare wit cr7. Ronaldo has personal records, stil waitin 4 Real. But Messi’s team has good achievements.

  8. Haykins says:

    Leo messi ws undoubtedly d best player to hv played d round-leather game because of his stylish style of play.He got loads of skillz than CR 7.

  9. sobowale Dare says:

    Messi is undisputed for now.He is a football tycoon.

  10. chize says:

    ‘what a wonderful messi the god of football’ messi’s wonderful display speaks for him. Must importantly his so humble unlike rude c/ronado. For those that kwn’s nothing about the god of soccer messi. Knw it now that at country level messi has won the olumpics,fifa y.champnshp. Where was c/ronado den? I need an answer. What did maradona play that messi has not played. Maradona is not even a match for messi.

  11. I’m sure Messi is a good player but I prefered CR7. Hala madrid.

  12. I prefer CR7 for messi despite the assurance of that messi is a world class player infact.

  13. muktar says:

    great article about messi.i am proud of being the generation of messi bc he is the best player of all time.neither pele nor maradona are better than him.pele has no europe experiance and for maradona he just scored only 7 goals in one year he spent @barcelona.fantastic messi

  14. Lucas says:

    c.ronaldo is the best

  15. Lekan says:

    U guys are actually full of hatred for C.Ronaldo. that’s not part of ur proffession. Maybe u need lectures from Goal.com. U are actually below average.

  16. Lekan says:

    Messi and C. Ronaldo aint complete players. It’s just that there are no better players. Gone are the days of Ronaldinho, Zizzou, Delima, Jay Jay Okocha, when we use to see leg overs, snake bites, marvelous free kicks and different lots of stuffs. Messi and CR are just pacy but to some extent CR shows some tricks with the ball while messi has the dribble speed and accuracy but no stylish as u ppl said. u wanna know the meaning of the word stylish, Try Ronaldinho.

  17. computer says:

    thats bull shit go and leave in the past messi is agreat player and the is nothing y ou can do about it

  18. Don says:

    Messi is all time legend in the history of football and the Star this game has seen ever.
    undoubtedly till date its no other player to be compared with he is god of soccer.
    i love you Messi,,, and i suggest Ronaldo, madrid, mourinho, man utd, sir alex, rooney or any one else do not mess wid messi..

  19. bipin says:

    messi the king of football.

  20. bipin says:

    u are the best in this universe.

  21. there is no controvercy over d man messi, he’s d god of foothball, 4 those of us who can play football and can also watch wit d understand d game knows 2wel dat messi has no 2, infact he’s 2 magical wen wit ball, he make football looks so easy and delightful 2 watch… All hell lord messi………. D greatest of all

  22. mike golf says:

    messi you’re best of the best

  23. Ronaldo is skilful bt Messi is e best

  24. Adex says:

    messi baba,u are d best of all

  25. yokaza says:

    waw i don’t have words to express him but he is so magicccccccc!

  26. yokaza says:

    waw i don’t have words to express him but he is so magic!

  27. The God of Soccer the uncomperable, b/cos he is the best of best and the greaters of all. LIONEL MESSI .3 times world footballer of the year, no doupt in my mind. Messi baba the world love you carry go. U 2 much my brother.

  28. sahil says:

    still not the best of all time..

  29. HE IS FANTASTIC THEN YOUNG TELENT

  30. mark says:

    it is not enouph for him to write

  31. znabu says:

    it the best from past players.
    messi vs neymar=?

  32. David says:

    Soon messi will retire,there will b a greater player to come and that will me. Well,for now,all the credits goes to messi until my time comes to take his place ;).

  33. Nicquie Gun says:

    All these guys play great football but looking at their overall qualities no doubt messi is the best.(Skill,speed,contact,creativeness).ln terms of skill no one beats Ronaldinho but messi overally has almost if not every quality.CR7 is talented but very arrogant, prideful and is easily frustarted.You are allowed to prefer someone to another one even if he is not the best, fellows.

  34. Musbahu M. Dambatta says:

    KING MESSI the ever best king of the CENTURY. THE UNCOMPRBL MESSEEEEEEEEEE.

  35. oghenegozie says:

    I luv MESSI!
    He is the best and have achieved almost all in the game exept for the world cup which he probably will win in the comming years.

  36. messi was introduce to first ever elcasico ..on the age of 19 scoring hat trick…to win over madrid…what do u think is he…he came to the academy the age of 13 his match scord 5 goals… Messi no size.

  37. migaya sam says:

    the two play in the same league and the comparison made in three successive years.leave alone other tonas.no excuse 4r cr.messi z da best

  38. ahmad says:

    the only reason messi has performed so spectacularly with the argentine national is not because of his quality but because of the argentine football association and argentine who donot prepare the squads with sessions and friendlies before tournaments it is a miracle the players perform so well and play decent solid games

  39. Oscar says:

    Messi is a genius but CR7 is just a normal player, don’t compare them at all, it is just unfortunate that CR7 came in at the time of Messi but i believe one day people will realise who cr7 is, he has been behind Messi in all the awards, that is great.
    lastly do u know that genius don’t last?

  40. Shayi says:

    D best team i eva watch is barca, d best players eva is messi followd by iniesta, xavi n cr7. Reason is dat footbal is nw digital sombody lik Pele, Maradona can nt play lik day did.Messi is d greatest player i hav seen and am hapy 2 b part of his world!!! D god of futubal

  41. Nocky Pablo says:

    Messi= assist+ goals+ dribbles+ speed+ creativity and CR7=tap-ins+freekicks+kicking n running. Messi is the king, CR7 is only a student trying to squeeze nothing from something. UP Messi and entertain the world.

  42. BOBOCHI says:

    i was born d dsame day messi was born, 24 6 1987, so who i am not to b happy saying that my man is the best. CR7 is good, but messi is d best for now

  43. Ppl tend to compare CR and Messi. You should really appreciate each for their personal play style.

  44. sample says:

    mesi is good quite alright.but c ronaldo have playd many club which our almighty mesi have never try.let him play other clubs and let warch him.that is the essence of been a good player.c ronaldo is a goal marchine. he makes his goal.mesi playd his own partan of football and c ronaldo play his type too.two difrent partanic human being.

  45. Messi is d greatest of all

  46. Messi please carry go

  47. vhonani says:

    messi the best but cr7 is also great in the world of football lets not take sides lets give credit were it deserves.

  48. Messi has every’tng needed in football.d talent, skills not too tall enough to play a certain role. but is till remain d world best player and he will continue to rule d world till he said is ok with d trophy. Kudus to his team mate esp’lly, Xavi and iniesta. dey are so wonderful.let stay tune to see more wonder frm d king of world football (leo messi). Kudos to all barca fans across d global.

  49. kwashie teku. says:

    messi, hoooo messi you have it all.

  50. auwalisko says:

    i luv messi i knw he is great but cr7 is c best bcos he came from another league to la liga and made a record on messi whereby messi has been there for long what is he doing even before coming to la liga he made a record in English premier league this is just the top we haven’t come to the button so cr7 is the best please don’t argue or compare their two please

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