Despite being diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency in a young age, this wouldn’t stop his footballing rise, as Lionel Messi’s groundbreaking talent for soccer shortly caught the eye of Barcelona scouts, who offered to cover his medical condition in trade he joined their youth academy. He subsequently joined Barcelona which afterwards allowed the beginning of the livelihood of Lionel Messi. Winning Trophies in Barcelona Lionel Messi produced his Barcelona introduction in the 2004-2005 year under then trainer Frank Rijkaard, where he overwhelmingly flourished towards being established as a first team regular and whilst playing side by side with greats in the time in Ronaldinho, Deco and Samuel Eto’ohe assisted his Barcelona team win La Liga and Champions League trophies galore. In particular the 2008-2009 period where Messi played a pivotal role in aiding Barcelona towards a historic accomplishment by winning an unprecedented treble. Arguably among his very prestigious moment ‘s arrived during the 2009-2010 period when in the youthful age of 22 he seized the FIFA World Player Of The Year Award. Comparisons With The Great Diego Maradona Being a diminutive figure at 5 ft , a phenomenal dribbler of the ball with exquisite finishing demonstrated by his vast variety of stunning goals during his career, thus earned comparisons with the mythical Argentina striker Diego Maradona. In 2007 in a Cup semi final match against Getafe, Messi scored a goal in close similarity to Diego Maradona’s famous goal against England in the 1986 World Cup, by running against the halfway line whilst dribbling his way beyond half the staff before rounding the goalkeeper and slotting the ball residence. Lionel Messi in FIFA World Cup 2010 Fans around the world expected the Argentina ahead to place the World Cup on fire following his sparkling 2009-2010 year with Barcelona, where he uttered a sensational 47 aims to assist Barcelona retain their domestic crown before rivals Real Madrid. With Diego Maradona director of the national side, observers touted Argentina as a powerful danger for the FIFA World, because of the multitude of celebrities they owned in their group. Messi directed the assault for the South American’s, combined with Real Madrid hitman Gonzalo Higuain and Manchester City ahead Carlos Tevez, who played vital roles which permitted Argentina to advance easily from the group phases, after winning each of their matches against Nigeria, South Korea and Greece. Messi however, failed to score a single target in the team phases, despite repeated efforts on goal which were always repelled by goalkeeping excellence from the opposition.