Only 18 countries in the world, have more people living in them, than Lionel Messi has Facebook fans. Over 81 000 000 people follow the superstar, a figure which overshadows the UK population.
A Childhood Romance
Did you know that Messi wife are actually childhood friends and she is the cousin of Leo best friend? They know each other just from five year old kids.
La Pulga Atomica
You dont know what is “La Pulga Atomica”? This is how they call Messi. Also he has a the nickname “The Atomic Flea”, which is due to his speed, size and agility.
The “Hand of God”
21 years after Diego Maradona scored the infamous “Hand of God” goal, a new Argentine was up to do the same goal. In 2007 Messi had to play against Espanyol, he punched the ball into the net with his left hand.
The Nightmare Debut
He may has a stunning international record, but Messi first game for Argentina proved to be one of the worst debuts of all time. Leo Messi made his first substitute appearance in a friendly against Hungary in 2005 and was sent off after just 47 seconds after reacting badly to a challenge.
The Napkin Contract
Lionel Messi first contract was signed on a paper napkin, when he was just 13 years old. The FC Barcelona Sporting Director was so impressed with Messi talent and amazing skills that he wanted to make contract immediately and there was no paper available at the time.
Turning Down Spain
In 2004 Messi was offered the chance to play for the Spanish U20s. He turned down the offer beause he only wanted to play with the famous blue and white of Argentina.
Leo earnt his contract at Barcelona by juggling oranges and tennis balls with his feet. An agent sent off footage how Messi is juggling and FC Barcelona asked to see young Lionel as soon as possible.
Pep Bans Coca-Cola
Former head coach Pep Guardiola made the strange move to remove a Coca-Cola vending machine from the Barcelona training centre. This was to prevent using and abusing the machine by drinking too much and unbalacing his struct diet.