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Lionel Messi Celebrates 28th Birthday: Visiting his private side

Lionel Messi Celebrates 28th Birthday: Visiting his private side

One of the biggest stars of world football, Lionel Messi continues to win over hearts with his on-field skills. In 28 years, he has managed to climb the highest highs of the sport with admirable class and skill.

As he turned 28 on Tuesday(June 24), fans around the world sent their wishes on social media accounts.

One of the biggest heroes that football has ever produced, Messi has attained a legendary status – one that continues to grow by leaps and bounds. On the occasion of his birthday, here are some of his private life facts:

1. His mother’s name is Celia Maria

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2. He has 3 brothers and sisters.

Lionel Messi with his sister Maria Sol

3. Messi was diagnosed with a hormone deficiency syndrome at age 11.

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4. His first coach at FC Barcelona was Xavi Llorens.

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5. In his first team debut in 2003 in a friendly with porto, he was a substitute for Fernando Navarro.

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6. In his first match for Argentina in 2005, he was sent off one minute after he came on.

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7. His favorite dish is Milanesa(schnitzel)

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8. His favorite music is Cumbia(popular in Latin America).

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9. He has been in the top three of the Balon d’Or for the last eight seasons.

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10. It is a well known fact amongst his fans that Messi’s first football contract was on paper napkins. A FC Barcelona boss was so impressed when he saw Messi play that he wrote down the contract on whatever he could get his hands on.

Lionel Messi aged one year old

11. Fabio Cannavaro presented him with his fourth Balon d’Or.

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12. He has played 481 matches for FC Barcelona and that places him sixth in the team’s all-time ranking of appearances.

Lionel Messi in action, Holland v Argentina, 2014 World Cup

13. He has a window of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona tattooed on his right arm.

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14. He has won 24 trophies with FC Barcelona.

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