i was flicking through facebook – and i came across this article – a news of sorts..
it is about messi not being real – and in effect, a fabrication by the Barcelona team.
below is an article i saw on Yahoo! please bear in mind – i love Messi – and this made me smile so much… this man makes me SO happy! watching his football makes me smile…
check it out :)
Future News: Lionel Messi revealed to be hoax perpetrated by Barcelona
The existence of Lionel Messi, widely hailed as the greatest footballer on the planet, has been confirmed to be a hoax engineered by Barcelona over the last nine years. The shocking confession was made by several high-ranking sources within the club after news broke of American college football player Manti Te’o's dead girlfriend being a fabrication on Wednesday.
“The myth of Leo Messi has gone on far too long,” said one executive-level source on the condition of anonymity just a week after Messi was awarded his record fourth consecutive Ballon d’Or at UEFA’s gala event. “It has always been a matter of time before it all unraveled, but now is the time for the truth to be told.”
“It began in 2004,” another source told us. “Barca had not won a title in years and strong forces from within decided that a new icon was needed to boost morale among the team and its supporters and to achieve unparalleled levels of success. So Messi was created. A backstory was dreamed up in which he was plucked from Argentina as a young boy and that the club generously paid to treat his growth hormone deficiency. He would be a modern David playing in a Goliath of a club.”
Messi’s name was included in several match reports published by the club’s official website that season and he was even credited with a goal as Barcelona went on to win their first league title in six years. When fans and journalists began to latch on to stories of the teenager’s great potential, the club supported his growing popularity with doctored highlights uploaded to the newly created video site YouTube in 2005. Since the picture resolution in YouTube clips wasn’t very high at the time, it was relatively easy for Barcelona to create passable computer animations of the Messi character demonstrating remarkable skill that would be seen and shared by football fans around the world.
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