Messi was born in Rosario, Santa Fe Province, to steel factory worker, and a part-time cleaner. At the age of five, he started playing football for Grandoli, a local club coached by his father, Jorge.
In 1995, Messi switched to Newell’s Old Boys in his home city Rosario.
Messi retires from international football after Copa America heartbreak the whole freaking world is in pain. Losing 3rd straight final in 3 years had destroyed Lio, and his retirement decision has shocked the footballing world. However, his successes have overshadowed all his failures.
Here are ten lessons you can learn from Footballing God Lionel Messi –
Fight For Your Dreams
This is the best lesson you can learn from the Footballing God. Messi uses his setback as a setup for his remarkable comeback. If you think that you will never achieve your dreams; just think why you started and then fight until you finally make it. This is what Messi did; he fights for his dream till the end.
“You have to fight to reach your dream. You have to sacrifice and work hard for it” – Lionel Messi
It’s not all about physical ability, but it’s about mental ability
It’s true, Messi isn’t as tall as Ronaldo, but Lio has set an example all around the world that physical health doesn’t matter but what matter is your mental ability. So, if you ever think you are short, you don’t have a good body, or you don’t have a heroic look just look at Messi. If he can achieve his dream I see no clear evidence why can’t you achieve yours?
“I have many years to get better and better, and that has to be my ambition. The day you think there is no improvements to be made is a sad one for any player”. -Lionel Messi
Sacrifices And Hard Work
There are no shortcuts to success; you have to work hard and sacrifice many things. Messi always wanted to play professional football, and he knew that to do so, he had to make a lot of sacrifices. Messi made sacrifices by leaving Argentina, quit left his family to start a new life. Messi changed his friends, his people and everything. But everything he did, he did for football to achieve his dreams. Even you need to sacrifice many things in life to achieve your goal.
“It took me 17 years and 114 days to become an overnight success” – Lionel Messi
Messi doesn’t dive to get a penalty; Messi has never done a cheating in football as most players do. Messi is a good person; he is honest, and he does not cheat. He has never disrespected anyone on the pitch. Messi’s behaviour is exemplary. He is a very humble guy, who is professional and hates to lose. We all can learn from Messi that you don’t need to cheat to achieve your dream.
“There are more important things in life than winning or losing a game”. -Lionel Messi
No sickness can stop you to achieve your goal
Only a few know that at the age of 11, Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency. Local powerhouse River Plate showed interest in his progress but was not willing to pay for treating his condition, which cost $900 a month.
Carles Rexach, the sporting director of FC Barcelona, was made aware of Messi’s talent as he had relatives in Lleida in western Catalonia, and Messi and his father were able to arrange a trial with the team. And they signed a contract with Messi and rest is HISTORY.
No sickness can stop you from achieving your dreams and goals.
Messi has been playing for Barcelona for 12 years now. Messi made a debut for Barcelona on October 16 in 2004. Messi is a perfect definition of Loyalty, as other clubs tempted him by giving more money than Barcelona but Messi says No to all of them. Messi doesn’t play football for money he just wants to enjoy football. And we can all learn from Messi by his loyalty toward one club.
“I have fun like a child in the street. When the day comes when I’m not enjoying it, I will leave football.” – Lionel Messi.
It doesn’t matter if you come from a humble background.
Messi’s father was a worker in a steel company and a part team cleaner which implies that Messi was not of the best of the background. But he proves the world that you don’t need a wealthy family to achieve your goal. From playing football in the streets to playing football at Camp Nou is a remarkable achievement for someone from the modest background.
If you are good, you will get the chance to succeed, but you must still capitalise on the opportunity. Messi has proven the world that you need to grab the opportunity when the opportunity is in your way.
“What I do is play soccer, which is what I like” – Lionel Messi
Messi was lucky in his career just imagine that what would have happened if Barcelona had not signed a contract with Messi when he was diagnosed with the growth hormone deficiency. No one would have known about Messi and the legacy that Messi has created at Barcelona. So we all need luck in our lives.
Looks and expert opinion don’t matter
Messi does not need a good body or hairstyle; he just needs a football, and he will let know the world what he can do. It is not about the looks, it’s about what you do with the things that you are having right now. And Messi doesn’t care what expert says about him whether it’s good or bad. And we can all learn from him as people don’t determine your future, but God does.