Lionel Messi was born in Argentina and comes from a poor family. His father was a factory steelworker and his mother was a part-time cleaner. Messi developed a great passion for football very early in his life, so at the age of 5 he started playing football for a local club coached by his father, and when he was 8, he joined Newell Old Boys Club.

He dreamed of becoming a professional football player, but that dream started to fall apart when he was diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency. This meant that he was physically unable to grow unless he received special expensive therapy that cost $900 a month. Unfortunately, His parents couldn’t afford it. And the club that he was playing for refused to pay for the therapy.

Messi’s talent was so undeniable, that football clubs started noticing him. River plate FC showed big interest in Messi but lacked the money to sponsor his medical treatment, so in the end, they rejected him because of his medical condition.

But soon Messi was noticed by the coach of FC Barcelona. He sent an offer to Messi’s family. He proposed a trial period, so he could see for himself if Messi is worth the hype. If he passed the trial, the club would cover his medical bills. The coach was blown away by Messi’s abilities and talent. He knew that he was born to play football. So he offered him a contract that would change his life forever, on the only thing he had at the moment – a paper napkin. So Messi’s first Barcelona contract was actually written on a napkin.

Till today, he has spent his entire professional career with Barcelona. Messi is a goal machine and he is often considered the best player in the world. At 22, Messi won the prestigious FIFA World Player of the Year award. He has a record-tying five Ballon d’Or awards, and a record six European Golden Shoes. And the Barcelona superstar has been named the highest-paid athlete in the world! Today his net worth is $400 million.

There are so many lessons to be learned from his success story. A man who Despite his health problems, despite his poor financial background, despite all the rejections he faced, was still determined to achieve his dream and never give up.

“You have to fight to reach your dream. You have to sacrifice and work hard for it.”

“I start early and I stay late, day after day, year after year. It took me 17 years and 114 days to become an overnight success.” – Lionel Messi

Celebrated Astro Strategist™ cum Sports Astrologer Hirav Shah, who is a self-confessed fan of Messi, lists down some of the unknown facts of the legend.

1. Messi chose the biggest club to score his 500th Goal

With the long relationship that Lionel Messi has had with FC Barcelona, it was only inevitable that he would choose the club to score his goal number 500.

2. Messi has scored in 317 different Barcelona games – where Barca has lost only 12 of them
3. Of the 500 Barca Goals, Messi has scored 42 of them have been set up by Dani Alves
4. Messi has scored the most goals against Sevilla
5. Under football manager, Tito Vilanova Messi has had the best record
6. Messi has scored 37 hat-tricks for Barcelona
7. Messi scored 21 times against Diego Alves – more than any other goalkeeper

Sports Astrologer Hirav Shah concludes by saying, “Are you feeling down and empty with all hope lost, or maybe you are having a bad day.

Are you feeling depressed and full of anxiety on a daily basis, or you’re feeling like a complete failure?

Do you need that spark of inspiration that will make you standoff that couch and stop feeling sorry for yourself?

Are you tired of being unhappy, unfulfilled, not confident?

It’s time to change your mindset!

Do you need just a little bit of motivation to change things?

The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same. Inspire Yourself!”