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Lionel Messi, You’re Still The Best !


Lionel Andres Messi is one of the best football player in the world. Meskipun berasal dari daerah suburb tak menghalangi pemain Barcelona bernomor punggung 10 ini untuk menjadi pemain bintang dunia. Awal karirnya bermula ketika ia masuk ke sebuah klub kecil yang dilatih ayahnya, klub Grandoli. Kemudian ia pun beralih ke Newell’s Old Boys. Namun kemudian klub ini tidak sanggup membayar biaya terapi hormon Messi. Messi diketahui  mengalami kekurangan hormon pertumbuhan (growth hormone deficiency) sejak umur 11 tahun. Hingga kemudian Barcelona melihat bakat Messi dan menawarkan padanya untuk membiayai terapinya, dengan catatan Messi harus bermain di klub mereka. Dan disitulah Messi muda semakin bersinar dan semakin terasah bakatnya.

Kisah Messi dengan growth hormone deficiency-nya:

‘I examined him, did some tests and it was clear he had a growth hormone deficiency,’ said Schwarzstein. ‘I can’t remember his height exactly but he was very short. He was very shy but I managed to open him up a little by talking about football.

‘He needed an injection ever day. At the start his mother helped him with the injections but after a while he did it himself. He was a bit scared doing it the first time, of course. I haven’t seen a single child in my time whose hand didn’t tremble injecting himself for the first time. But it worked really well . With the injections, he grew over a year or two. The effect was fantastic. Lionel was so much happier. He needed new shoes and trousers every three months! It was good for his self-esteem.’

Messi memang seorang pemain bertalenta. Kekalahan Argentina atas Jerman hari ini tak membuat pesona bintangnya redup. Bagiku, Messi masih yang terbaik.

“To see Messi cry in the dressing room, whoever says that he doesn’t feel pride for his shirt is stupid,” Maradona said.

Messi adalah seorang pemain yang mengispirasi banyak orang. Selain pawai dalam mencetak gol, dia pun sangat lihai dalam memberikan umpan-umpan matang kepada temannya yang haus mencetak gol. Kutipan kata-kata Messi tentang loyalitasnya pun patut menjadi pelajaran bagi kita :

“Money allows you to have a better life, but  it is not what inspires me. I’d play for nothing to be a professional player, I live for the game, not for economic benefits, and play for the team not me. Individual awards are fine, but the successes of Barcelona and Argentina are what is really important.” – messi –

Personal information
Full name Lionel Andrés Messi
Date of birth 24 June 1987 (age 23)
Place of birth Rosario, Argentina
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Winger / Striker


sumber : wikipedi.org, dailymail.co.uk, etc

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