Facts about Lionel Messi that you didn’t know 2

5  “It’s harder to get Messi on the phone than to interview God”

These are the words of Argentinian legend Diego Maradona who relates to the reporters and journalists who could die for an interview with the three-time Ballon d’Or winner.Roman Besa, a journalist at El Pais also told the world a side of his own story. “One day, Lionel entered the field with a plastic spoon in his mouth. He did not let go until the end of the session. It was a way to show that he was upset. For what reason? Nobody knew and nobody has ever tried to find out.”It is also said that Messi usually uses his relatives to communicate, and only uses text messages for important messages.

6,Messi has a tattoo as a tribute to his son and mother

After the birth of his first child Thiago, Lionel Messi had his son’s name tattooed on his calf last year. It wasn’t his first since he already had a potrait of his mother, Celia Cuccitini inked on his left shoulder.

7,Messi has NEVER won a Major International Trophy For His Country

The Barcelona ace won Olympic gold with his country in 2008, but has fallen short when it comes to major honours.

Messi and Argentina were in the finals of the Copa America, which would have nicely been on his list of achievements, which include the Champions League, the Liga, Spanish Cup as well as five Ballon d’Or gongs. Argentina lost the match on penalties to Chile,who were the same country to beat Argentina a year ago to win the same trophy.

He was part of the side that lost out to Germany at the 2014 World Cup, but is not the only great player to never experience glory with his country.

8,Messi faces charges In Spain which, if found true, could see him jailed for nearly two years.

The five-time World Player of the Year and his father face allegations of using a chain of fake companies in Belize and Uruguay to avoid paying taxes on $4.6m of the footballer’s income earned through the sale of his image rights from 2007-09.

They could face jail terms of up to 22 months if found guilty – although it is customary in Spain that offenders of non-violent crimes with a sentence of under two years do not serve time in jail.

9,Lionel Messi has retired from international duty after missing in a penalty shootout as Argentina lost a fourth major final in nine years.

“For me, the national team is over,” he said after defeat by Chile in the Copa America final. “I’ve done all I can. It hurts not to be a champion.It’s been four finals, I tried,” added Messi, who made his debut for Argentina in 2005 and has played 113 times for his country.”It was the thing I wanted the most, but I couldn’t get it, so I think it’s over.

“I think this is best for everyone. First of all for me, then for everyone.

“I think there’s a lot of people who want this, who obviously are not satisfied, as we are not satisfied reaching a final and not winning it.

“It’s very hard, but the decision is taken. Now I will not try more and there will be no going back.”

Messi had scored five times at this year’s Copa America, including a superb free-kick in the semi-final win over hosts the USA.

That goal made him his country’s record scorer with 55 goals, eclipsing the 54-goal mark of striker Gabriel Batistuta.