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21 Facts About Lionel Messi You Never Imagined

Many experts and fans believe Lionel Messi is one of the best footballers in the world. Some believe he is the best since Diego Maradona. Messi has earned the title of Europe’s Ballon d’ Or a record-tying five times. He holds the single season scoring record. He’s captained FC Barcelona to the longest winning streak in La Liga history and over two dozen titles.

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In the summer of 2008, he helped the Argentina national team win an Olympic gold medal. Plus, he has become only the second player to score over 600 senior career goals. However, there are many factors that define his successes and disappointments. Here are 21 facts about Lionel Messi that make this soccer great a fascinating person.

 When a Flicker becomes a Flame

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Messi met his future wife when he was 5 years old. Her name his Antonella Roccuzzo. They met in their native town of Rosario. She is the cousin of Leo’s best childhood friend, Lucas Scalia. Ten years ago, they started a relationship that produced three sons: Thiago, Mateo and Ciro.

The Big Payoff

There was a time when the second highest paid athlete in the world would play for cookies. While he was an adolescent player at the Newell’s Old Boy’s club in Rosario, one of his youth coaches found that Leo had a fondness for alfajores. To motivate his young player, the coach offered him a deal of one cookie per goal.

 Salute to Grandma Celia

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Perhaps the greatest influence in Leo’s soccer career was his maternal grandmother, Celia. She introduced him to organized soccer. Celia persuaded the coaches to let her tiny grandson play with the bigger, older boys. This is why his goal celebration features a kiss to the heavens. It is a tribute to Celia. Sadly, Celia passed away when Leo was 10-years-old.

The Price of Growth is Change

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Shortly after Celia’s death, a physician diagnosed Leo with a growth-hormone deficiency. The treatment involved a painful, daily needle injection of medication. From his salary at the steel plant, his father, Jorge, paid for the expensive treatment for two years. The Newell club offered to help financially. Jorge agreed. When this arrangement did not pan out, Jorge sought out other options. The FC Barcelona club offered Leo a contract that included paying his medical bills.

His Mentor

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Early in Leo’s professional career, the great Ronaldinho became his mentor. This great player referred to the 16-year-old Leo as his “little brother.”

Atomic Speed

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Nicknamed the “Atomic Flea,” Leo Messi can run faster with the soccer ball than without it. Using a technique called, left foot “la pelota atada,” he can run a full speed with the ball positioned on his left foot.

The Ultimate Show of Respect

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In 2012, after breaking Gerd Muller’s 40-year-old record for most goals scored in a calendar year (85), Messi sent Muller a number 10 Barcelona jersey. He signed it, “With respect and admiration.”

That Quiet Charm

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Despite being far less flamboyant than Christiano Ronaldo or David Beckham, Messi is a mega-bankable athlete.  He placed second on the 2015-16 Forbes List of highest paid athletes. In 2018, France Football reported that he became the first player to eclipse the 100-million-euro threshold in one year.

That Elusive Prize

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On his website, Messi states, “I would trade all of my personal achievements just to win a World Cup with the national (Argentina) team.” The World Cup is the grand prize in the soccer world. His fans and his detractors will not let him forget it.

A Run-in With the Law

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A court in Catalonia ruled that Leo and his father were guilty of tax evasion. The court issued Jorge a 21-month suspended sentence and a half million euro fine. It ordered Leo to pay a € 2 million fine. 

 A Kid’s Champion

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Leo Messi is a child advocate. In 2007, he established a charitable program that makes health care, sport and education available to underprivileged youth. He has been a UNICEF ambassador since 2010.

Best Buds

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Leo’s best friend is Sergio Aguero, an Argentinian soccer player and actor. When he first met Messi, he was fascinated by the Messi’s fancy boots.

Grabbing the Gold

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Messi was on the 2008 Argentinian team that won an Olympic gold medal. He provided the assist that sealed the win over the Nigerian team.

The Early Start

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Leo was only 17 when he started his professional career. He became the youngest player, at that time, to represent Barcelona in official competition. He signed his first pro contract at age 18.

Daddy Knows Best

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Most top pro footballers use high powered sports agents to negotiate their contracts. Leo defies that logic by having his father serve as his agent in all financial dealings.

What Goes Around, Comes Around

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Leo may end his career where he started out. The hard feelings between the star player and Newell’s have soften over time. Messi has had plans to end his career with the home club for a long time.

A Big Omission

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Messi has had a long, successful relationship with FC Barcelona. However, there are some signs that Leo’s relationship with the organization is fading. None of the club’s coaches or board of directors were invited to his 2017 wedding to Antonella. Goal.com reported that even his favorite coach, Pep Guardiola, did not attend.

Royal Pairing

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In 2013, Messi starred in a Turkish airline advertisement with Kobe Bryant. Their mock selfie competition became the most-watched ad on YouTube that year.

I am Who I am

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Leo turned down an opportunity to play for the Spanish national team because he sees himself as an Argentinian. Conversely, many Argentinian fans consider him a Spaniard.

As Good as the Paper It is Written On

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Leo’s first pro contract was written on a napkin. Barcelona coach, Carles Rexach, was so blown away with the young man’s talents, he wrote up the contract on the first piece of paper he could find.

Off Limits

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Messi’s buyout clause is € 250 million. It is a clear sign that FC Barcelona is saying “bug off’ to the competition.

The Debut Trailer For ‘Hustlers’ Opens With J.Lo Showing Constance Wu How To Pole Dance And It’s Already The Sexiest Scene I’ve Seen In A Movie In A Long Time

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The Debut Trailer For ‘Hustlers’ Opens With J.Lo Showing Constance Wu How To Pole Dance And It’s Already The Sexiest Scene I’ve Seen In A Movie In A Long Time

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How badly do you want to see Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Lizzo, and Cardi B dancing, stripping, and racking up pyramids of cash from unsuspecting dudes? A lot? Perfect: keep scrolling.

The sickening trailer for the badass film ‘Hustlers’ is finally here.

The trailer dropped Tuesday night at midnight and fans of strippers, fierce women, and especially Cardi B, we’re all totally here for it.

The film follows the story of a group of women who have formed their own extended family. They’re all strippers in the NYC area but then they decide to go bigger and start drugging and robbing ultra-wealthy Wall Street types.

The movie is actually inspired by a true story from a now-viral magazine story.

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The article, titled “The Hustlers at Scores” by Jessica Pressler, chronicles the real-life, modern Robin Hood story of a ring of strippers who ripped off wealthy clients.

The film is centered on two badass women, Destiny (Constance Wu) and Ramona (Jennifer Lopez).

Destiny is struggling to make ends meet and is helping to take care of her abuelita so she turns to stripping. This is how she meets Ramona who takes her under her wing and teaches Destiny everything she knows.

I mean Jennifer Lopez, on a pole, showing Constance Wu the moves. I. Am. Here. For. This!

Together with their extended family, these women decide to rob from the rich to help care for their loved ones.

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Based off true events, J.Lo’s, Constance Wu’s, Cardi B’s, and Lizzo’s characters step up their hustle to include drugging men and robbing them of thousands of dollars.

In one scene, J Lo’s character explains it away as simply taking money from bad Wall Street guys who stole money from everyone during the financial crisis.

Things start to get real cray cray real quick.

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The women end up drugging many of their clients to complete their heists…so you can see how things could quickly take a turn for the unexpected.

The plotline is amazing but many fans are here to support this gorgeous, talented, diverse cast of incredible women!

The casting director for this movie 100% deserves some serious stanning.

In addition to Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu in badass lead roles but fans will also see Cardi B, Keke Palmer, Lizzo, and Usher on the big screen. Like what did we do deserve this masterpiece?!

Some in the Bardi-gang took to Twitter to say they’re kinda disappointed by the trailer.

They wanted more Cardi.

But whoever is running the Hustlers’ Twitter account was quick to calm their nerves.

According to the ‘Hustlers’ Twitter feed, “Cardi B is this movie.” Apparently, they didn’t wanna give it all away so soon. So Cardi B fans better get ready for her big screen acting debut.

Overall, ‘Hustlers’ looks like it just may be one of the fiercest movies of 2019.

See you at the movies!

Click below to check out the full trailer!

READ: Cardi B’s ‘Press’ Is Being Praised As A Look Into The Judicial System And Its Reliance On Old White Men

#IceBae Has Blown Up The Internet. Meet The Latina Border Patrol Agent Behind The Viral Hashtag That Has Latino Twitter Freaking Out

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#IceBae Has Blown Up The Internet. Meet The Latina Border Patrol Agent Behind The Viral Hashtag That Has Latino Twitter Freaking Out

A Latina Border Patrol agent has gone viral as #IceBae and from the looks of her new account on Twitter she seems to be enjoying the new found fame.

The agent, who identified herself as Kiara Cervantes, was photographed providing security for Mike Pence during his visit to a migrant detention center in Texas. From that photograph came #IceBae with thirsty fans calling her out for her beauty. But it also attracted many people who were appalled that a Latina would participate in the mass imprisonment of largely Latino men, women, and children.

All this started when a Latina Border Patrol guard was photographed providing security for Mike Pence at a migrant detention center.

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So, who is the Latina officer in the photograph? The female officer has since been identified as Kiara Cervantes.  Many of the original comments were focused on her good looks, which kicked off the pretty bizarre hashtag #IceBae

Since the photo went viral, Kiara has started up her own Twitter account and has already racked up nearly 37.5k followers in less than 2 days.

It looks like Cervantes enjoyed the new found attention and decided to create a Twitter account to capitalize on all the fame. She posted a video (which has since been deleted) introducing herself as the #IceBae.

Apprently, Ice Bae has all sorts of ‘supporters’ that she had to thank on Twitter.

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Because of the response to the original photo and that #IceBae was trending on Twitter with thousands of thirsty comments, Cervantes decided to create a Twitter account. One of her first tweets was to thank everyone for all the ‘support’ and to tell her ‘supporters’ how much she loves them.

She’s also taken to Twitter to share some selfies of her in uniform with her new found supporters.

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Because when you work at a detention center that houses migrants in overcrowded cages and is at the center of an international scandal, of course selfies should be on your list of to-dos.

At least a few people on Twitter tried to help her out with some caption ideas for her new photo…

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I mean that is pretty clever if it wasn’t so depressing.

And this person who kept her caption suggestion poignant yet simple.

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What would you caption her photo with?

Seriously, the people are not here for it.

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Apart from all of #IceBae’s supporters, her detractors are definitely speaking out on social media. Many pointed out how by sexualizing Cervantes they were also sexualizing the dehumanization of the very people being held in the detention centers.

Rapper Fat Nick, called her out as ‘literal scum’, that her family would be ashamed of.

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Cervantes fired back Sunday at rapper Fat Nick who tweeted that her family will disown her and “shame on any Hispanic working for ice of anything of that nature.”

“I think that’s really rude and naive of you to say,” she tweeted. “You have no idea who my parents are and no idea what goes into my job on a daily basis… before speaking on something you know nothing about…. DONT. Regardless I’m blessed and thankful for the career I have.”

Another Twitter user pointed out what pretty much most of the Latino community is thinking.

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One Twitter user, among thousands of others, called #IceBae what many are thinking: a guard at a concentration camp. For people to be idolizing a person who is supporting a system of injustice, racism, and bigotry, has many people across social media very upset, particularly those in the Latino community who feel #IceBae has turned her back on them.

READ: Sickening Screenshots Show Border Patrol Agents Laughing About Migrant Deaths

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