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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. umar abdullah says:

    damn messi

  2. as a barcelona fan i am delighted to have such brilient player at my team so lionel i have no dought that your possibilities to repeat the same award so to say it is still on right track, so keep barca on top of the game and argentina as well

    mike from namibia

  3. david says:

    great foot baller, yes. but not the greatest ever, do you Know JJ Okocha? he was what messi cannot be.

  4. In football everytin is time by time so accept for messi.its a great of all time.the king of footballer.

  5. IRTZA Ali says:

    I Think Messi probably most ovrerated palyer in The world.
    Oh Man! you r talking about “Best Ever”?
    He is not even in top 2 of his genration.
    Ronaldo and Neymar are ahead of him by far.

  6. kene says:

    messi is the best
    he is wonderful
    he is superB
    HE IS MY MENTHOL
    he is the best in the world

  7. MILTON says:

    THE BEST IS NOT GUD ENOUGH HE IS JUST UNBELIEVEBLE GUY. HE IS THE BEST OF THE BEST OF ALL TIME RITE NOW

  8. We should know that Messi is blessed by God.amen.

  9. George says:

    Messi cannot be handled by one defender alone and most of the time even if he gets ganed up against he still Wrigles away and causes so much havoc, the Guy is unplayable on his best day. Kudos to messi for showing how a superstar can be humble and good at the same time.

  10. ronaido di best 2 mie .mie sier.

  11. walter says:

    everyone here is talking like he is dead!!!!! he will be even better next year, and better the year after!!!!

  12. sashin varaden says:

    you know i love football but what upsets me is people like some of you. i have no doubt in my mind messi is an outstandingly talented and a great footballer n a real asset to the game ,however, i am a cr7 fan n will always be , in my eyes not much seperates the 2 beside ronaldos ability 2 score from just about anywhere , his ability 2 create his own chances most of the time n the fact that he scores off is head ,dribbles with skill n beauty m can score perfectly with both legs makes him the most complete player i have ever seen …. we judging football so stick 2 that his attitude ,pride etc makes him just a human being thats different 2 messi focus on a footballers performance n that only , im not here 2 say ronaldo is better or messi is better we all all have opinions i agree with the article messi is great one 1 of the best ever i just dint rate him above the likes of cr7 , pele , henry n ronaldiniho bt thats just my opinion however ,excellent article messi is amazing

  13. Helen says:

    Ronaldo the BEST!!!

  14. michael says:

    lmfao neymar and messi should not be mentioned in the same sentence. messi is obviously the best player in the world and he isn’t even in his prime yet. he will be better next year and the year after that.

  15. Franknd says:

    Messi messi al the time,he is gud,every body knows dat.cristiano ronaldo is d best rigth now,bcourse he got la liga tittle rit bside him.he deserve d crown.I vote 4 him,(world best player 2OI2).

  16. AWAH says:

    Messi is good but like other great satars he should go and prove it in other world leagues

  17. dominic says:

    cr7 is the player i have ever know long live ronaldo

  18. Tom says:

    For those Ronaldo fans, come on what have been smoking? better than messi? are you serious? compare every Ronaldo goal to messi’. Messi can actually dribble, Ronaldo can only out run you in open spaces, his strength and physical prowess allows him to create the neccessary space and chances to score. Messi is just an artist, a composer of beautiful music, his finess, his flare you (Ronaldo fans) will never fnd it in your soulless hero, who seems more like a robot than a footballer. messi by light years.

  19. wizzle says:

    i agree messi is gud but not the best ever….i think before he can achieve dat he first must be better than neymar…players like dinho nd neymar are the best ever.

  20. vatsigo says:

    messi z da best, no doubt

  21. Brad says:

    He’s the best right now. But Pele is still, I repeat, STILL, the best ever.

  22. chris s odeje says:

    Messi is no doubt the best. Have you noticed that he is almost always on target and hardly ever ballons the ball? In comparison, Ronaldo is good but he can easily be marked out of a game, not Messi. In case you want to argue, go back and watch the 2009 champions league final between Barcelona and Man U at Wembley. Most defenders will attest to that.

  23. Brad says:

    Put him in an Argentina shirt, and the marking defender’s chances- and, remarkably, success rates- improve. We’ll talk when he can do what he does for Barca for Argentina as well.

  24. Ola obaid says:

    Messi is the best. He loves everyone and we love him. He is not like Ronaldo makes him self king of the fields I would make messi king of the fields because everyone live him and he loves every one. I am girl that supports messi Barcelona.

  25. Ola obaid says:

    Love u messi your te best

  26. Ola obaid says:

    Messi cannot be handled by one defender alone and most of the time even if he gets ganed up against he still Wrigles away and causes so much havoc, the Guy is unplayable on his best day. Kudos to messi for showing how a superstar can be humble and good at the same time.

  27. esha sharker says:

    Love LEO MESSI.

  28. L10 IS NUCONPAIRABLE SO KEEP IT LIKE THAT BECAUSE YOU GET MOUTH LIKE KETTLE

  29. Johem says:

    Cr7 is a fantastic player, no doubt abut it but MESSI is incomparable becos he does things dat u can neva imagin. When u watch d elclassico, ronaldo was jst waitin 4 his chance 2 get d ball an score bt MESSI fight 4 d ball, creat chances 4 d players, he a Messi is d best

  30. Muyiwa says:

    This guy is something else. Ronaldo was so unlucky to have Messi around this time.

  31. Messi is a top quality player, with all due respect to all other good players. Messi is one and only.

  32. Bah says:

    I knew 9/10

  33. Africans love you,LOE says:

    loe we lv u.

  34. TTL(oyekunle wasiu oluwasanjo) says:

    MESSI deserves everything because he is a wonderful player i have ever seen in my life.well done MESSI

  35. Jaheim Tobie says:

    Lionel Messi is a player one the footballers in the world that i pay to watch playing but for he to say that he doesnt watch highlight of himself is a rubbish n trash bcuz i know footballers are given time to access their performancement after a football match. and i dont believe that Messi can be uninvolved with that at Barca

  36. Oyekunle rid says:

    Messi is better an cr7

  37. saint says:

    I think dat messi Ȋ̝̊̅‎​§ d best player in d whole world

  38. Abdul ze Mr. says:

    No 1lyk MESSI(HAKUNAGA).c gols,acct,dribo,skills………..

  39. PASCHAL says:

    when you think of best football, mesi is the picture

  40. GEORGE says:

    C BOY IS NO MARCH 2 MESSI.I SAY SO

  41. msemakweli says:

    Cr7 is a fantastic player, no doubt abut it but MESSI is incomparable becos he does things dat u can neva imagin. When u watch d elclassico, ronaldo was jst waitin 4 his chance 2 get d ball an score bt MESSI fight 4 d ball, creat chances 4 d players, he a Messi is d best

  42. CR7 is. A Great player simply fantastic to say the list. But when U compare him to Messi I feel sorry for him(Cr7) B/cos . Messi is Unbelievable’ magical and difficult for the best Coaches and defenders to hold See all the records aretumbling at his wake. Cr7 should have come earlier or later. That is my take

  43. stanley says:

    NOT REALLY MY KIIND BUT MESSI WILL LEAVE 4REAVER

  44. KATILI MPASELA says:

    messiis the best at this time no one can match him. Ronaldo is also good but can’t go above messi cause he is the best in this generation.

  45. prince kazeem mabinuori says:

    is a prophet on de fied of playing.God bless him and everond of us

  46. benazir@AB BANK says:

    I think Messi is regarded as a great since he is a great person who is honored and respected by most of his opponent players and coaches. Humility is his great virtue and never try to show off. That’s why spain coach hailed him world’s best player while he had xavi, iniesta, villa, ches in his pocket.

  47. Great Pepe says:

    My is advice 4 dis man united and madrid fans bcos if u no stop to compair RONALDO to ‘MESSI BABA’ dat boy ronaldo no fit play waitin messi go play if na lair go look classico games no say messi pass cr7. ronaldo no work 4 ball no fit tack,

  48. I’ve come to notice dat most of CR7 haters ar dose whose club av probably suffered from Ronaldo’s brilliancy or probably Barca fans. I jst cant seperate both of dem. There is nothin one can do dat d other cant do,so why sayin MESSI is d best? Forget about humility or attitude coz it doesnt affect u,dey ar nt ur neighbors,dey ar FOOTBALLERS!

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