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  1. His playing style and stature have drawn comparisons to compatriot Diego Maradona, who himself declared Messi his “successor”.

  2. Messi was was the first Argentinian ever to be named FIFA World Player of the Year, not Diego Maradona. However, this is due to a technicality because the award was created in 1991, at which point Maradona had begun his downward spiral after he peaked in the 1986 World Cup.

  3. Messi appeared in a 2012 television advert for Japanese face wash Scalp-D.

  4. In September 2012, Messi became the global brand ambassador of Turkish Airlines. Messi shot a commercial for the airline with NBA star Kobe Bryant.

  5. He has been dating his Argentine-born girlfriend and mother of his child – Antonella Roccuzzo – since 2009.

  6. His son, Thiago, was born on November 2, 2012. “Today I am the happiest man in the world, my son was born and thanks to God for this gift!” he wrote on his Facebook page.

  7. His infant son is already an official member of the Newell’s Old Boys’ supporters club. When Messi’s son Thiago was just 72 hours old, Newell’s Old Boys which was Messi’s original club, was first in line and managed to sign the infant to a supporters club contract.

  8. Lionel Messi also had the boy’s name and handprints tattooed on his left calf.

  9. Messi has also dated a hometown girl Macarena Lemos and has also been linked to Luciana Salazar, a model of Argentina.

  10. Messi is a devout Roman Catholic and he met Pope francis at the Vatican in 2013. “Without a doubt, today was one of the most special days of my life. We have to excel on and off the field,” Messi said about the meeting.

  11. Lionel Messi is considered by most football experts to be the best footballer of his generation.

  12. In September 2012, Messi became the global brand ambassador of Turkish Airlines. Messi shot a commercial for the airline with NBA star Kobe Bryant.

  13. Messi ranked second behind Neymar in SportsPro magazine’s 2013 list of the world’s most marketable athletes.

  14. Messi is the first football player in history to win four FIFA/Ballons d’Or, all of which he won consecutively, as well as the first to win three European Golden Shoe awards

  15. Lionel Messi is 5′ 7″ tall (1.69 metres).

  16. Messi has been a very shy person right from his childhood and this trait continues to until even now. Apparently, it is very difficult to make him talk on the phone. Most the important messages that have to be delivered to him and received from him take place through SMS.

  17. After scoring a goal, Messi typically celebrates in a calm and composed manner by simply raising both hands in the air. This gesture is to thank and pay tribute to his grandmother who was very close to him and passed away when he was 10. Messi believes she is up there and watching her from above and this is his way of showing that he would always be grateful to her.

  18. His favorite pastimes include relaxing with his girlfriend and playing with his son, Thiago. He is also an avid PlayStation player.

  19. Lionel Messi does not like to watch highlights of himself.

  20. Japanese jeweller Ginza Takana used a cast of Messi’s left foot to create a solid gold replica, weighing 25 kilograms (55 lb), which went on sale in Japan in March 2013 to raise funds for victims of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. It was valued at $5.25 million.

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