Unknown Facts About Lionel Messi That Will Drive You Crazy
Lionel Messi was born on June 24, 1987 is an Argentinian football player who plays forward for the FC Barcelona club and the Argentine national team. Here are some interesting facts about him which you haven’t heard of before
When he was at the age of eight, he was recruited to join the youth system of Newell's Old Boys, a Rosario-based club.
He was suffering from a hormone deficiency that restricted his growth. His parents decided on a regimen of nightly growth hormone injections for Messi, but it was soon proved impossible to pay several hundred dollars per month for the medication.
Tax Fraud Scandal
Messi and his father used tax havens in Belize and Uruguay to conceal €10.1 million of income from image rights between 2007 and 2009. All The money ended up in firms set up in Britain and Switzerland “with practically no taxation” and without the knowledge of the Spanish Tax Agency.
The five-times FIFA Ballon d’Or winner has already admitted these facts and paid €5 million to the authorities, along with a further €10 million to regularize his situation for 2010 and 2011.
He was fined €400 per day -- a total fine of around €255,500 -- for the duration of the sentence, an option also put forward by the player's defence team.
Messi's father, whose sentence was reduced to 15 months upon appeal
Charity and UNICEF
In 2007, Messi formed the Leo Messi Foundation to provide opportunities for disadvantaged youths. In 2010, UNICEF named him a goodwill ambassador, fighting for children's rights across the globe.
“My record stood for 40 years – 85 goals in a year – and now the best player in the world has broken it, and I’m delighted for him. He is an incredible player, gigantic.”
– Gerd Muller
In the calendar year of 2012, he broke all-time world record for most goals scored in a calendar year. His final total of goals in 2012 was 91 beating the previous record by German Gerd Muller of 85, and Pele’s milestone of 75 in 1958, in the season 2009-10 , Messi scored 47 goals in all the competitions, which equals Ronaldo’s total record for Barcelona. he kept improving and breaking his own records.
Messi and Ronaldo Relations
“Messi has his personality and I have mine. He has his game and I have mine. I also play in a big club like him. We are different in every aspect. But right now, he is the best.”
—Christiano Ronaldo, in September 2011
Messi is often compared to prolific Real Madrid goalscorer Christiano Ronaldo, but both have been keen to downplay the rivalry.
He’s not married yet but though he has a long term girlfriend, Antonella Roccuzzo and the two are from Rosario, Argentina. He has two sons, their first son, Thiago was born on November 2, 2012 and number 2, Mateo, who was born on September 15, 2015.