Everyone knows Messi as one of the greatest footballers of all time. But where exactly does the Argentinian come from? GOAL provides the answers.
Lionel Messi really needs no introduction. The 1.69 meter tall Argentinian is considered by many football fans to be the best footballer of all time, ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, Diego Maradona, Pele and Franz Beckenbauer.
With FC Barcelona he has won everything there is to win in club football, with the Argentine national team he was finally able to win the Copa America in 2021. The only thing missing is the world title. But where did Messi actually start his magical career?
GOAL provides you with background information on Messi’s place of birth in Argentina.
Where is Lionel Messi from? All information about the place of birth
Lionel Andres Messi Cuccittiniwhich is Leo Messi’s full name, was born about 300 kilometers northwest of the capital Buenos Aires in Rosario born. With almost a million inhabitants, Rosario is second only to Buenos Aires and Cordoba third largest city in Argentina.
The city is particularly well-known as an industrial center, above all through the deep-sea port and various automobile plants. Messi started playing football at Grandoli FC when he was five, before moving to Newell’s Old Boys in 1995, a club based out of Rosario. The list of former Argentine star players who have played there is long. In addition to Messi, Gabriel Heinze, Diego Maradona, Maxi Rodriguez and Gabriel Batistuta were also active for the Rosario club.
Messi didn’t play forever for Newell’s Old Boys though. At the age of nine he was diagnosed with a hormone deficiency that massively restricted his growth. In Argentina there was no club that wanted to cover the treatment costs of around 1000 euros a month, so the family turned to Spain. Messi auditioned for FC Barcelona and was signed straight away. Barcelona covered the cost of the treatment and the 21-year love affair between Messi and Barca had begun.
Incidentally, the multiple world footballer has also had Spanish citizenship since 2005. That was regulated at the time to circumvent the foreigners rule in LaLiga, according to which only a certain number of non-Spanish players can be on the pitch at the same time. Accordingly, Messi should have been allowed to strike for the Spanish national team, but immediately made it clear that he would only play for Argentina.
Will we see Messi in Newell’s Old Boys shirt again though? At least we can hope. In an interview, the little Argentinian confirmed his desire to play there again in Rosario at the end of his career. However, he also mentioned in the same breath that he will not play for any team other than FC Barcelona in Europe. And we all know how that ended.
Still, Messi’s return to his old club doesn’t seem unlikely. In the end, many pros want to return to the place where it all started, at least for a few games.
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