Watching a lot of celebrities come into their career is like watching a popular drama as it continues to unfold. It could be something worth watching, a story that could turn into something successful or something that might flop horribly depending on the narrative.

So far Messi has been able to create a career that has seen him rise with each passing year and continue to maintain the level of fame that he’s developed while still hitting a bump in the streets of Argentina now and again.

He’s been one of the Last masia talents that came out and has done great things with what he’s had and many people have responded in a positive manner towards his artistic football, creating a buzz around his career that has continued to build it up with every new follower. In the coming years it might be interesting to see just how far he’ll go probably retire before 40.

Here are a few things about Messi you might not have known

1) Multi-Talented

One of Messi’s hidden talents is playing the piano.

2) Tattoos

Messi has the names and baby handprints of his sons tattooed on his legs. His right arm and left leg are almost entirely covered in tattoos.

3) Book Worm

Messi’s favorite book is El Martín Fierro by Jorge Luis Borges. It’s an Argentinian classic filled with poetry about an outlaw.

4) Best Buddies

Messi grew up with two older brothers, and would always try very hard to keep up with them. He is quoted as saying, “I’ve always had a great relationship with my two brothers, I have always had their support in my football and in everything. They’ve been very close to me and we have a great relationship.”

5) Argentina

Argentina is filled with people from both Latin American and European heritage. Messi’s ethnic heritage is Italian, but his first language is Spanish.

6) Fingers In The Air

Every time he makes a goal, Messi uses both hands to point up to the sky. Apparently, this is his way of thanking God every time a goal happens.

7) Lionel Messi went to Las Heras for elementary school. Messi was playing soccer at a very young age. Lionel did not attend college because his potential was identified by FC Barcelona.

8) Dual Citizenship

Messi plays for both FC Barcelona in Spain and for the Argentinian national team. In 2005, Messi became an official citizen of Spain.

9) Messi’s favorite color is red.

10) Messi’s favorite meal is escalope Milanese, which is Milan’s signature dish of veal with a side salad.