Early Struggles: Lionel Messi's journey to greatness began with a growth hormone deficiency that almost ended his football dreams. His resilience and determination paved the way for an extraordinary career.
First Contract: Messi signed his first contract on a napkin with Barcelona's Sporting Director, Carles Rexach. This symbolic gesture marked the start of a legendary association.
Record-Breaking Debut: In May 2005, Messi became the youngest player to score a league goal for Barcelona at just 17 years old.
Decade of Dominance: Messi won the Ballon d'Or award for the first time in 2009, starting a decade of unparalleled dominance with a record-breaking six titles.
The 91-Goal Miracle: In 2012, Messi shattered Gerd Müller's record by scoring an astounding 91 goals in a calendar year.
Philanthropic Efforts: Beyond the field, Messi's philanthropic endeavors include funding the construction of a children's hospital in his hometown of Rosario, Argentina.
Copa America Triumph: After years of near misses, Messi led Argentina to victory in the 2021 Copa America, a moment that touched the hearts of football fans worldwide.
Inter Miami Move: In a surprising move, Messi joined Inter Miami, bringing his magic to Major League Soccer and exciting fans in the United States.
Leagues Cup Heroics: Messi's exceptional performance against Charlotte FC helped Inter Miami reach the Leagues Cup semi-finals, showcasing his enduring brilliance.
Jersey Number Tribute: Messi chose the number 47 jersey at Inter Miami to pay tribute to his mother's birth year.
Multitalented Messi: Beyond football, Messi is a gifted musician and has even released his own album.