Lionel Messi, with four Ballon d’Or awards to his name (formerly FIFA World Player of the Year), is considered one of the greatest footballers of all time. His ball skills are second to none and is known for his lethal runs from midfield as well as his quick and dangerous left foot shots.
Born 24 June 1987, the Argentinian’s football career started in 1995 at Newell’s Old Boys in Rosario, Argentina. The young footballer showed great promise, however, a hormonal problem that affected his growth was a serious concern for his family and future in football. Messi’s parents were not able to afford the expensive treatment for their son, and even the wealthiest Argentine teams were not willing to foot the bill for the young boy.