The life and career of Argentine football star Lionel Messi.


Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini is an Argentine-Spanish professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentina national team.

Born June 24th, 1987 in Argentina, Lionel Messi developed a hormone deficiency in his youth that stunted his growth. Despite this, he proved to be a phenomenal football player -- so good, he caught the eye of Barcelona FC. They offered to pay his pricey medical bills and gave him a spot on the team when he was just 13. After advancing through the youth levels, it was only a matter of time before he became a superstar: he regularly scores hat tricks in matches, and wins almost every award going. And he's just getting started.

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