11 years ago Jeffrey 4
The small wonder Lionel Messi was born in Rosario, Sante Fe Province in Argentina. He is currently playing for Barcelona FC.
I first thought of him as in his mid twenties, until i heard from the sportscaster in the recent Champions League final against Manchester United that Messi is still 21 years old and stands 5′ 7″.
It is in Grandoli where he started playing football and then switched to Newell’s Old Boys in 1995 until 2000. All eyes were on the young Lionel, however at age 11 he was diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency. At 13 years old, Barcelona signed him and was willing to pay for his monthly medical bill to cure his growth problems.
Leo rose through the ranks until his debut in the Barca first team at 16 years old against FC Porto.
He was also the youngest ever player in to score a goal in a league match at 17.
His contract will end in 2014, and will likely be extended as he reiterated his love and gratefulness for Barcelona.
You can buy a Nike #10 Messi Barcelona Soccer Jersey at Amazon.com
Full Name: Lionel AndrÃ©s Messi
Birthday: June 24, 1987
Birthplace: Rosario, Argentina
Height: 1.69 m or 5′ 7″
Position: Winger, Forward
Current club: FC Barcelona