The story of how Messi joined Barcelona is interesting, inspiring, and incredible at the same time. Messi was born on June 24th, 1987 at Rosario, Argentina. His father worked at a steel company whereas his mother was a cleaner.
Messi began playing football at an early age. His football skills were promising. However, his dream of becoming a world-class footballer came under threat in 1998 when he was 11 years old.
Messi was diagnosed with GDH, a condition that threatened his growth. This condition meant that Messi growth could stop.
Medical experts say GDH treatment is a very expensive medical procedure. Being born in an average family financially, Messi’s parents could not afford such medication.
If Messi was to prosper in his football career, someone was to sponsor his medical bill. A potential sponsor at the time was River Plate, his local football club, that wanted to sign him. However, the club was not ready to cater to his medical bills.
It was during that time Messi attend Barcelona youth academy trials. Fortunately, Messi managed to convince Cares Rexach, the then Barcelona manager at the time, through his skills during trial matches.
Rexach understood Messi was suffering from GDH but this did not stop the signing. Interestingly, Rexach included GDH treatment in Spanish hospitals as part of Messi’s contract.
Messi would then move to Spain, together with his father, to join Barcelona Youth Academy in 1998 when he was 11 years old.
That is a nutshell of how Messi Joined Barcelona. Since moving to Barcelona, Messi has become a household name in football. His records in La Liga, Champions League, and national appearance remains admirable for over a decade.