Born to a factory steel worker, he traces his roots to a humble background and also a live example of sheer hard work, passion for the game and perseverance to emulate for the young generation. He started playing at the age of five for a local club and was initially coached by none other than his father.
Soccer runs in his blood, but his destiny took an unlucky turn and he was diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency at the age of 11. Unable to foot the hefty medical bills, his father approached FC Barcelona director and a special trial was arranged for Messi. He mesmerized Barcelona director and was offered with a contract instantly written on napkin paper, but with a rider that he has to move to Spain.
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