The Reason Short People Look Up To Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi is probably one of the most famous soccer players in the world. The Argentine professional soccer player just broke Gabriel Batistuta’s Argentina all-time top goal score. Messi scored goal 55, breaking Bastituta’s record of 54, during the Copa America Centenario during the semifinal against the U.S. Every young soccer player wants to be like Messi, especially the short ones, but he didn’t have it easy growing up, having been diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency when he was just 11 years old.

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HOUSTON, TX – JUNE 21: Lionel Messi #10 of Argentina during the Copa America Centenario Semifinal match between United States and Argentina at NRG Stadium on June 21, 2016 in Houston, Texas. Argentina won the match 4-0 (Photo by Shaun Clark/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Lionel Messi

“When I was 11 years old they discovered that I had a growth hormone deficiency and I had to start a treatment to help me grow. Every night I had to stick a needle into my legs, night after night after night, every day of the week, and this over a period of three years,” said Messi. He was always the smallest student in his class, and it wasn’t until he finished the treatment that he started to grow properly.