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Inspirational Latinos: Lionel Messi

Inspirational Latinos: Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

Soccers’ Living Legend


Lionel Messi


Rosario, Argentina


June 24, 1987

Lionel Messi, recognized as one of the greatest footballers in the world.

From his childhood, Messi could be seen playing with the ball alongside his cousins and siblings, demonstrating an innate love for the sport. Soon, he made the leap to his neighborhood team, marking the beginning of his exciting journey. At the age of 13, he left his homeland, Argentina, behind to chase his dreams in the vibrant city of Barcelona.

It was at the age of 16 that Messi made his debut in the world of professional football, triggering a series of monumental victories on the global stage. Reflecting on his beginnings, he shared: “I felt enormous joy since it was the first time they made me part of the team. My first minutes with Barcelona were in a friendly against Porto, they had told my dad that maybe I would travel with the team but I didn’t say anything to anyone; they found out later when they saw it on the news. That day my dream came true.” (information obtained from

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Despite being abroad, Messi always yearned to represent the Argentine national team. His opportunity came when the Under-20 national team called him up for two friendlies, eventually emerging as the champion in the Under-20 World Cup held in the Netherlands.

With seven Ballon d’Or awards and numerous accolades testifying to his undeniable talent, Messi is now a part of Inter Miami CF, also known as Inter Miami, bringing the passion of the beautiful game to his fans residing in the United States.

Messi’s arrival at Inter has ignited a football fervor in the city of Miami and among the Latin community in the United States. His influence extends beyond the pitch, becoming an icon that inspires present and future generations, and continuing to enrich the history of world football.

By: La Isla Magazine

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