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“You have to fight to reach your dream.
You have to sacrifice and work hard for it.”

- Lionel Andrés Messi

Few people can imagine that behind the star of football, there is a story of struggle and overcoming. In Rosario, Argentina, Lionel Andrés Messi was diagnosed at 11 years of age, with a hormonal disease that prevented his bone development and consequently its growth.

Messi has always been in love with the ball, began his history still child, with only 7 years of age at Newell's Old Boys in Argentina. When life surprised you with a disease that would prevent your dream of playing soccer, it was diagnosed with GHD (Growth hormone deficiency), the treatment was painful, it consisted of injections in the legs every night. Throughout his childhood were more than two thousand needles.

At first the treatment was funded by Messi's father, but when the money was over, he asked Newell's to pay for the young man's treatment. With the request denied, the next attempt was the famous River Plate, which despite being enchanted with the boy, did not see as a good investment to pay the expensive treatment of Messi.

It was then that the great Barça appeared. Messi made tests for the club at age thirteen and played with boys two years older. Surprised with the little boy, Barcelona decided to pay for the treatment. Messi grew not only in size but also in talent. Today he is 5 times the best player in the world, has won seven Spanish Championships, three Champions League and two World Club Championships. Your story is an inspiration, and a lesson, we should never give up, especially from our dreams!

What an inspiring story, isn't it?
Gear up now and start writing a new story for your life today.