Never let him grow up

The world’s top footballer, FC Barcelona’s Leo Messi, is enthusiastic like a child in the football field. But once the game is over, the Argentinean would rather just be by himself. “He is discreet, quiet, introvert and well-behaved. He would always laugh with everybody else. But other than that, he was a completely unnoticeable guy”, says Carles Folguera, director of FC Barcelona’s junior academy La Masia, where Messi grew up and was trained. “Strangely enough, everybody liked him just like that. He was a reliable friend.” Ahead of the World Cup, a profile of Leo Messi as told by his coaches in FC Barcelona.
Published in HS Teema in 2010. To read the full story in Finnish, continue HERE.

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