Lionel Messi: The ace footballer who stuck needles in his legs for three years

first_imgLionel Messi, five-time winner of Europe’s Ballon d’Or, also known as the FIFA World Player of the Year award, turns 30 today. The ace footballer, hailed by many as the best in the world now, has come a long way since the days of being the smallest member of the team, partly due to age and partly due to a growth hormones deficiency.The nights with the needles in his legsMessi has had his share of problems; when he was just 11 years old, it was discovered that he was suffering from a growth hormone deficiency and he would be required to undergo treatment to let him grow. For three years, every single night, Messi stuck needles in his legs. It was only once that his treatment was completed that he started growing properly.Since the treatment was expensive, his father, Jorge went to the club, Newell’s Old Boys, who had shown a keen interest in keeping Messi in their team. Though they took on Messi, the money provided was simply not enough to tide over the financial troubles of the family.The money issues that the family had to undergo due to Messi’s health problem made them travel 10,000 km away from home to Barcelona, where the Barcelona club had promised to pay for his treatment.The whole family stayed in Barcelona for six months and yet, their problems were not over. It was during this time that his decision to play for Barcelona led to a split in the family, wherein his father stayed with him while his mother with his brothers and little sister went back to Rosario.advertisementRest as they say is history, ‘Leo’ is hailed as one of the best players of football.Listed below are some of the interesting facts about the legendary footballer:Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more