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Shocking Facts About Lionel Messi, The Greatest Footballer Of All Time

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Fans of athlete Lionel Messi square measure in an exceedingly state of shock as he has declared retirement once the loss in Copa America final against Chile.


1. Messi’s full name is Luis Lionel Andres Messi and he had been appointed as the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in March 2010. 


2. He could also be terribly healthy and work currently however throughout his childhood, he suffered from somatotropin deficiency that stopped his traditional growth at the age of eleven.  

3. Messi became the third youngest player once he contend for Barcelona at the age of seventeen. What’s a lot of, he's conjointly the youngest player to attain for Barcelona. 

4. Carles Rexach, the sporting director of Barcelona, was thus affected along with his game that he needed to sign a contract with him like a shot, however as there was no paper obtainable, Messi’s 1st contract was signed on a paper napkin. 

5. Messi had affected port to the extent that they were able to lookout of his medical expenses, move him together with his family to Spain and sign him once he was simply thirteen.

6. Messi has 2 passports – initial is Argentina’s and second is Spain’s. 


7. In 2005, his international debut was of simply forty seven seconds as he was given a red card when he came on the sector as a substitute.


8. Spain offered him a berth in national team that Messi refused. 

9. Messi is being referred to as with several nicknames and one among them is “The Flea”. This name is given to him attributable to his speed and lightsomeness. 

10. Messi’s tattoo on his calf shows his son’s name further more as handprints. 

posted Jun 28, 2016 by Ati Kumar

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The legendary boxer, who passed way at the age of 74, has left behind him plenty of memories which his fan will cherish forever.

Here are some of the interesting facts you must know about his life:

1. Ali initially ventured in the ring at a youthful age of 12 in the place where he grew up of Louisville, Ky., after his bike was stolen and a cop recommended he figure out how to box. 

2. At 22 years old, he had become famous and won the World Heavyweight Championship in 1964 by crushing Sonny Liston in seven rounds, in what is accepted to be one of the greatest wearing surprises ever. 

3. After that dazzling win, Ali, who was initially known as Cassius Clay, joined the Nation of Islam and changed his name. 

4. Ali won 100 out of 108 beginner battles and furthermore won a gold decoration at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. There were a few reports later that he purportedly hurled the award into a waterway after a server at a pop wellspring in Louisville declined to serve him since he was dark. 

5. In 1967 when he was at his crest, at 32 years old, Ali had been prohibited from the game for a long time and stripped of his boxing title because of his refusal to be drafted to Vietnam for religious reasons. 

6. Ali is a three-time heavyweight champion (1964, 1974, 1978). 

7. Ali resigned in 1981 in the wake of losing to Trevor Berbick in his 61st profession session. 

8. He completed his vocation in 1981 with a record of 56 wins (counting 37 by knockout) and five misfortunes. 

9. After three years, he was determined to have Parkinson infection. 

10. Ali, who called himself "The Greatest," was hitched four circumstances and had nine youngsters, including little girl Laila, who likewise turned into an expert boxer. Ali and his fourth spouse, Yolanda "Lonnie" Williams, had been hitched since 1986.


Wicket Keeper is the most familiar terminology in cricketing books. By all means this is the most critical fielding position on the cricket ground. The level of concentration that this position demands is relentless and uncompromising. But even after all the arduous work that wicket keepers put in, still they get criticized for the occasional that lapses they do. But there have been greats who have withstood all the pressure and have registered their names in the glory books not because of their explosive batting or fearsome bowling but rather because of their safe hands behind the stumps and acrobatic profile to manage all the deadly assaults behind the stumps.

1. Adam Gilchrist

Modern day cricket owes a lot to Adam Gilchrist from New South Wales. He was the man who changed the concept of wicket keepers. Any wicket keeper who could not bat was simply not acceptable in international cricket after this man mesmerized the world with his explosive opening batting in one day cricket. He would take the bowlers to the cleaners on any given day. He was safe as a house behind the stumps. Be it diving, catching or stumping, this man was the master. He has 416 dismissals in test and 472 in one day internationals. The reason Australian were invincible in 2000’s had a lot to do with Adam Gilchrist as he always gave them good starts at the top and always took the half chances behind the stumps.

2. Kumar Sangakkara

The elegant left hander batsman from Sri Lanka had his wicket keeping over shadowed by his batting genius. He is more known as someone who has just batted and batted for ages and have driven every bowler in the world. But very few people know that he is the most successful wicket keeper in one day international cricket with a total of 482 dismissals. Even though long height is not desirable for a wicket keeper as they had to crouch a lot but Sangakara never let this weakness came in his way and rather turned this into a strength as he could cover an extra yard with his dive to take catches.

3. MS Dhoni

Arguably the greatest Indian captain of all time with all the major trophies in his bag happens to be the greatest Indian wicket keeper as well. Leading the team while being a wicket keeper makes the job doubly difficult but MS Dhoni never lost his cool. His ability to stay calm in the most roughest of situations has enabled him to perform exceptionally well as a keeper. He has been the man in gloves for India since 2004 and till now he has 350 scalps in ODI cricket, 89 of which are stumping.

4. Brendon McCullum

If there ever have been a closest person to Adam Gilchrist then its Brendon McCullum because of the nature of his batting. He can absolutely hammer the bowlers on an given day. And his keeping is similar in nature to his batting. He is an absolute entertainer both with the bat and with the gloves. He is capable of holding on to spectacular catches and is equally good in hitting the stumps directly.

5. Rodney Marsh

The big mustached man from Australia who kept behind the stumps in 70s and early 80s will be remembered as a phenomena in wicket keeping. He is by far the most respected and admired wicket keeper in cricket fraternity owing to his record of 355 dismissal in 96 test matches in career that spanned almost fourteen years. His dismissals per innings index is as high as 1.95 and it is something which many modern keepers have struggled to compete with.

6. Alec Stewart

Surrey county gave birth to this English icon. Alec Stewart is not just the longest serving wicket keeper for England but is also the most capped test player for England as he featured in 133 games for England. His record of 241 dismissals in test cricket speaks volumes about his credentials and abilities as a wicket keeper. He had this aura with him which made him the captain of his national side. Even though the gloves were occasionally switched between him and Jack Russell but Stewart was unanimously the accepted and competent English keeper and his statistics backed up this claim.

7. Ian Healy

1990s was the era of resurgence of Australians in the world cricket and Ian Healy was the spine of that side. Kids and youngsters now days listen his crispy voice quite often in commentary box. Prior to Adam Gilchrist he was in charge of behind the stumps activities for Australia. He began his career in 1988 and had a modest start but he raised his stature in the Australian cricket in 90s. He was an extremely enthusiastic bloke who gave his hundred percent in training sessions, team meetings and most importantly on the field. He was a lively character who would always kept his side going when the chips were down. He skills as a keeper were evident on the field and his stats are also in conformity with this abilities as he has 395 dismissals in test cricket and 233 in one day internationals under his belt.

8. Mark Boucher

South Africa is the best fielding side in the world and the best fielding side needs the best keeper in its ranks. And Mark Boucher fulfilled that requirement brilliantly. He was the strongest competitor in the side with great fighting spirit. After starting his test career in 1997, he had to work his way up the ranks but he was determined and focused. His acrobatic prowess and agility helped him do wonders behind the stumps. His legacy can be estimated from the fact that he holds the record for the highest number of scalps in test cricket which amount to 555.

9. Rashid Latif

Pakistan has never been a good fielding side and quite often we have seen their fielders dropping sitters and the wicket keepers are no exception to that. But if there has ever been an exception then its Rashid Latif. Unlike traditional Pakistani fielding, he is someone you can rely. He was swift in moving, a natural athlete and safe catcher. He was very smart at gathering the ball and dislodging the stumps. His tally consists of 220 one day dismissals.

10. Brad Haddin

He also happens to be from the same state as that of Adam Gilchrist. He is the 4th man in this list from Australia which sums up the ruthless nature of Aussies. They know how to produce the best in world. Even though Haddin made his ODI debut in 2001 but he established himself as a key member of the team after taking over reins from Adam Gilchrist in 2008 and was equally dynamic behind the stumps in his movement, judging the line and length of the ball and more importantly catching the ball.