Lionel Messi is an Argentinian footballer widely regarded as one of the greatest players of the modern generation. He plays for FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team. He has won FIFA world player of the year four times, which is one of the most peculiar records of all times. He has often been described as Diego Maradona’s successor because of his prolific goal scoring record and ability to dribble past opponents. He began playing from an early age, and his talent was soon apparent. However, at the age of 11, Messi was diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency. This was a condition that stunted growth and required expensive medical treatment, including the use of the drug Human growth hormone. He is also the ambassador for Unicef and runs his own charitable foundation – supporting access to education and sport for children. EliteColumn brings you the 11 hand-picked Lionel Messi quotes.

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