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Throwback: A young Lionel Messi gives first-ever interview at Newell’s

If you read anything about Lionel Messi before he moved to Barcelona, it’s immediately obvious that he was always a special talent back home in Rosario, Argentina. 

Messi has arguably become the greatest player in the history of football, but he came from humble beginnings at his boyhood club Newell’s Old Boys.

The official Newell’s English Twitter page has unearthed some brilliant videos of a young Messi over the years, and their latest video is no exception – what may well be Messi’s first-ever interview.

Already wearing that famous No.10 shirt, Messi scored two goals in the Newell’s youth ranks and dedicates them to “my father, my uncle and all my family.”

Last season, the Argentinian won the Ligue 1 title playing under a fellow Newell’s academy graduate, Mauricio Pochettino, at PSG. The coach famously developed his game under Marcelo Bielsa, who had such an impact at the Rosario club that they named the stadium after him.

In 2018, Messi gave an interesting and open interview with America TV in which he described his upbringing in Rosario, including some details about the growth hormone treatment he received as a child.

“I injected my legs once every night. I started at 12 years old. It was not something that left an impression on me,” Messi said.

“At first my parents gave me the injections from when I was eight years old until I learnt. It was a small needle.

“It did not hurt, it was something routine for me that I had to do and I did it normally.”

In 2001, aged 13, Messi moved with his family to Barcelona, having famously signed for the club on the back of a napkin. The La Liga giants paid for all his medical injections until he finished the hormone treatment when he was 14.

“It was not very difficult for me to come to Barcelona. I adapted quickly but my family did not. My siblings wanted to go back and they did,” he added.

“I was left alone with my father and he asked me ‘What should we do?’ I told him ‘I want to stay.”


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