Interview With A 13-Year-Old Messi Has Resurfaced And Gone Viral
An interview with a 13-year-old Lionel Messi has started to make the rounds in Argentina and Spain after it recently surfaced online.
The Barcelona captain spent the early part of his youth career with Newell’s Old Boys before he was enrolled at the famed La Masia.
However, Messi was already making a name for himself at the Argentine club and La Capital, a newspaper based in Rosario, Santa Fe, was able to speak with him.
“Lionel Messi is a player in the 10th division and the attacking playmaker for the team,” reads the introduction from the newspaper.
“He’s not only one of the up-and-coming players in Newell’s academy, but has a huge future ahead of him, because, despite his height, he manages to go past one, two, dribble, score goals, but above all he enjoys himself with the ball and as of today he’s being revealed to the world.”
It’s crazy to read that knowing the footballing legend that he has now become, right?
Considering that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner was only 13 at the time and was nowhere near as famous as he is now, the questions that were put to him were simple and, frankly, his responses were one-liners.
Either way, it still makes for an interesting read.
So, what did a young Messi have to say on different parts of his life?
Thanks to Diario AS, posted below is the full interview from La Capital.
A hero: “Two, my dad Jorge and my godfather Claudio.”
A coach: “Everyone I’ve had, because I’ve learnt something from all of them (Gabriel, Morales, Domínguez, Vecchio and Coria).”
A fitness coach: “Pablo Sánchez.”
A player: “Two, my brother and my cousin.”
A team: “Newell’s.”
A hobby: “Listening to music.”
A type of music: “Cuarteto and Cumbia.”
A TV programme: “Primicias.”
A magazine: “Pasión Rojinegra [Newell’s fan magazine].”
A book: “The Bible.”
A film: “Baby’s Day Out.”
Other sport: “Handball.”
A model: “Nicole Neumann.”
A food: “Chicken and sauce.”
A subject: “Spanish.”
A job: “PE teacher.”
An objective: “Finish secondary school.”
A goal: “Play in the first division.”
A joy: “When we were champions.”
A sadness: “My grandmother’s death.”
A hope: “To play in the first division with Newell’s.”
A memory: “When my grandmother took me to play football for the first time.”
A dream: “To play for Argentina.”
A tale to tell: “When we travelled to Peru and became champions.”
Humility: “What a human being must never lose.”
Argentinean youth teams: “I’d love to play for them.”
Expectations for this year: “To be champions again.”
Family: “My dad Jorge, my mum Celia and my brothers and sisters Rodrigo, Natalia and Marisol.”
Friends: “I’m lucky I’ve got lots of good friends — if I tried to name them I’d forget someone.”
What does Newell’s mean in your life? “Everything, absolutely everything.”
It has to be said that we are big fans of how he picked Baby’s Day Out for the film question.
The 31-year-old Argentine forward opened the scoring with a superb bit of play and finishing, which even stunned United’s Paul Pogba by the way that he reacted to it.
Following on from his opener, Messi would score four minutes later after a howler from David de Gea.
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