Lionel Messi Reveals How He Injected Himself
Barcelona Playmaker, Lionel Messi, Born and raised in central Argentina, he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency as a child. Messi has revealed how he injected himself with hormones every night as a child.
Messi told America TV that he had to inject his own legs every night, from when he was 12 years old.The Argentine suffered from a growth hormone deficiency when he was growing up in Rosario, in the Argentinian State of Santa Fe.
“I injected my legs once every night, I started at 12 years old. It was not something that left an impression on me. At first, my parents gave me the injections from when I was eight years old until I learned, it was a small needle. It did not hurt, it was something routine for me that I had to do and I did it with normality,” Messi said.
His parents had to pay a reported $1,500 a month for the hormones until his former club Newell’s Old Boys offered to pay for some of the treatment. Messi relocated with his family to Barcelona in 2001 at the age of 13 to join Barcelona, who agreed to pay for his medical treatment.
Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini born 24 June 1987 is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentina national team. Often considered the best player in the world and regarded by many as the greatest of all time, Messi has a record-tying five Ballon d’Or awards, four of which he won consecutively, and a record-tying four European Golden Shoes.
He has spent his entire professional career with Barcelona, where he has won 30 trophies, including eight La Liga titles, four UEFA Champions League titles, and five Copas del Rey. Both a prolific goalscorer and a creative playmaker, Messi holds the records for most official goals scored in La Liga (374), a La Liga season (50), a club football season in Europe(73), a calendar year (91), El Clásico (25), as well as those for most assists made in La Liga (149) and the Copa América (11). He has scored over 600 senior career goals for club and country.