Lionel Messi celebrates his 30th birthday today and his journey through life has seen him conquer the world.
His story really began when he was six-years-old and joined Newell’s Old Boys. The players were all born in 1987, and were known collectively as ”The Machine of ’87”.
An extensive report by Bleacherreport has given an insight into how Messi’s team played.
Here are some facts
They went unbeaten for three years.
The Machine of ’87 were invincible. In what’s called “baby football” in Argentina—a seven-a-side game children play until they’re 11—La Maquina del ’87 went unbeaten for three years.
“In five or six seasons, we only lost about three times,” Messi’s teammate, Gonzalo Mazzia said.
They crushed teams by 10-15 goals
Teams that came up against them were constantly conceding 10, 12 and 15 goals. Opponents started to put a 6-0 limit on the scores, stopping the game once six goals had gone in.
Their star player, Lionel Messi, scored more than 500 goals
One of Messi’s coaches at Newell’s Old Boys, Adrian Coria, was asked by sports writer Richard Fitzpatrick, if it is true that Messi scored more than 500 goals for Newell’s during those years as a kid.
Coria replied. “At least.”
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