Lionel Messi: The man outside football( Family, Kids, philanthropy)
Who Is He?
Luis Leo (Lionel Andres) Messi is an Argentine soccer player who plays for FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team.
Messi relocated from Argentina to Spain at the age of 13 when FC Barcelona promised to pay for his medical treatment. He became known as one of the greatest players in history while there, helping his club win over two dozen league and tournament trophies.
He set a record for most goals scored in a calendar year in 2012, and he was voted Europe’s Ballon d’Or winner in 2019.
Messi was born on June 24, 1987, in Rosario, Argentina. As a young boy, Messi tagged along when his two older brothers played soccer with their friends, unintimidated by the bigger boys. At the age of 8, he was recruited to join the youth system of Newell’s Old Boys, a Rosario-based club. Recognizably smaller than most of the kids in his age group, Messi was eventually diagnosed by doctors as suffering from a hormone deficiency that restricted his growth. Messi’s parents, Jorge and Cecilia, decided on a regimen of nightly growth hormone injections for their son, though it soon proved impossible to pay several hundred dollars per month for the medication.
LIONEL MESSI THE FAMILY MAN
The megastar who’s VERY down to earth: Inside Lionel Messi’s ‘ridiculously normal life’ – from picking his kids up from school with Suarez to family BBQs
Messi is no longer the awkward, shy adolescent who first appeared at Barcelona’s La Masia development facility.
He’s also not the 20-something, the slightly gullible target of Gerard Pique’s dressing-room antics.
The defender used to change Messi’s phone battery and then watch him roam around the dressing room wondering if anyone had a charger because his phone was dead despite him charging it that morning.
He is now the boss, the commander-in-chief.
He is, nevertheless, quite private and, as Pique once put it, “ridiculously typical.”
He prefers to spend his time at home with his three boys Thiago, Mateo, and Ciro, as well as his wife Antonella and their super-sized French mastiff dog, Hulk
Leo Messi’s over the years, from single man to happy family man (Photo story)
Outside the confines of football Messi is like most Men a family man
Lionel Messi philanthropy:
What charitable organizations does Messi support?
During the 2020 coronavirus outbreak, Messi reportedly donated €1 million ($1.1 million/£870k) to Hospital Clinic in Catalunya and another health center in Argentina.
On their Twitter page, Hospital Clinic announced, “Leo Messi donated a donation to the clinic to fight the coronavirus.”
“Thank you so much for your dedication and support, Leo.”
In addition to his charitable contributions, Messi led the Barcelona players in taking a 70% pay reduction as a show of unity with the club’s non-playing personnel, assuring that they would be paid in full.
The Leo Messi Foundation (Fundacion Leo Messi), which provides a variety of charity services to individuals in need around the world, accounts for the majority of Messi’s generosity.
Messi’s foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of children and investing in healthcare services all around the world, notably in Argentina and Spain, where he was born.
Leo Messi donates to the Hospital Clinic’s fight against #COVID19.
Thank you, Leo, for your commitment and support
The Leo Messi Foundation has granted research grants and assisted in the payment of training costs, in addition to financial gifts to cover day-to-day operating expenditures.
Messi’s foundation gave €200,000 (£175,000/$218,000) to Unicef initiatives in Kenya in February 2019, allowing almost 2,000 people to get free food and water.
Indeed, the Argentine’s relationship with Unicef, which also works closely with Barcelona, dates back to 2010, when he was named a Goodwill Ambassador with David Beckham and Shakira.
Since then, he’s been involved in a number of efforts, including the ‘celebrate life’ drive, which was launched on the occasion of his son Thiago’s first birthday and aimed to encourage people to celebrate life.
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