The day Lionel Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency, the world fell on him. Also Celia and Jorge, the parents. He was nine years old and was 1.25 meters tall. Nothing was right. The three of them thought that the dream of playing soccer and dressing the albiceleste as an adult would remain in that, in a dream. Fortunately, medical advances and his own sacrifice made Leo a great player in every sense of the word.
Diego Schwarzstein, the endocrinologist who detected growth problems in Messi, remembers that for the family of today's best player on Earth, it was not easy to face the situation. And not only because of the costly treatment. "Am I not going to play football again?" Asked little Leo fearfully, who at that time scored up to ten goals per game in the Newell's Old Boys youth teams.
According to Schwarzstein's predictions, if Lionel Messi had not resorted to injections of growth hormone, he would be 10 to 15 centimeters shorter today. In other words, the Argentine star who won five Ballons d'Or would not exceed 1.55 or 1.60 meters. He could have turned professional, but surely it would have been much more difficult for him.
How much did Messi's treatment cost?
Messi reached 1.70 meters after a total investment of 35 thousand dollars. Leo had to inject two a day for three years. Approximately $ 900 per month was spent on the treatment at a daily cost of $ 35, or $ 17 per injection.