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Happy 33rd Birthday to Lionel Messi

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Lionel Messi is 33 today, help us celebrate and pay tribute the Barcelona and Argentina ace.

It’s hard to believe that Lionel Messi is only 33. It feels like he has been gracing us with his presence on the football field for an eternity.

Leo was born June 24th, 1987, in the city of Rosario, Argentina.

He came from a regular working-class family, his father was a factory worker, and his mother a cleaner.

At the age of 11, Messi was diagnosed with a growth deficiency. The treatment was pricey and ultimately dictated where his football career would take him.

There was never any doubt about his talent, but his stature on the field concerned some.

Perhaps most concerning was the cost of his growth hormone medication.

Argentine giants River Plate rejected the opportunity to sign him for that very fact.

The future GOAT would play for a short while in the youth teams of Newells, before making the move to Barcelona and Spain. Joining the prestigious La Masia academy at just 13 years of age.

The story goes, that Barca coach Carles Rexach wrote his first contract on a napkin, which included covering his medical treatment.

From the day Messi arrived in Catalonia, history has been made.

Now a six-time Ballon d’Or winner has amassed a huge 35 domestic trophies, plus a U20 World Cup and Olympic gold medal with Argentina.

Check out the tribute to the man the myth the legend that is Lionel Messi, courtesy of You Tuber MagicalMessi.

Happy Birthday to Lionel Messi the ultimate record holder from everyone at Ronaldo.com.