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Messi was born on June 24, 1987 in Rosario, Argentina, the son of Jorge Horacio Messi, a factory worker, and Maria Celia Cuccittini, apart-time cleaner. His family, from her father has Italian ancestry because his great grandfather Angelo Messi, who lived in the city of Ancona, andmoved to Argentina in 1883. It has two brothers named Rodrigo and Matias, as well as a sister called Mary Sun also two of his cousins(Maximilian Emanuel Biancucchi) are also players.

With just five years ago, Lionel Messi took his first steps in Grandoli, a neighborhood club afew blocks from his home, south of the city of Rosario, Argentina. The club was run by his father, George. Then played a few games with theClub Atlético Central Córdoba. In 1995, Messi began training in the lower divisions of Newell's Old Boys club with which he won the FriendshipCup in Peru in 1997. At the age of 11, was diagnosed with a deficiency of growth hormone. The Club Atlético River Plate showed interest inMessi's progress, but did not have enough money to pay for treatment that was priced at $ 900 per month. Carles Rexach, the Barcelona coach,noticed the talent of Messi and he had relatives in Lleida, Spain, being able, with his father on a trip. Barcelona signed him after watching himplay, then offering to pay for expensive treatments if he was moving to España.Su family moved to Barcelona where he began playing youth teams.
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