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.
According to Schwarzstein's (the endocrinologist who detected growth problems) 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.
Kylian Mbappé, a French footballer of Cameroonian and Algerian descent, plays as a forward and his current team is Paris Saint-Germain from France's Ligue 1. He had an early emergence at the first European level in his debut season as a professional and was singled out by various media and specialists as one of the continent's players with the greatest projection.
In 2017 he was singled out by UEFA as one of the revelation players of the season, the same year in which he was awarded the Golden Boy award for the best European footballer under 21 years of age, obtaining the highest historical score of that award.
Kylian Mbappé made his professional debut at Monaco in France in 2015. There, he played 60 games, and scored 27 goals, counting national and international competitions. His good performance made him a player for Paris Saint Germain a few years later, and since then he has played 176 games, with 136 goals, for the club in the country's capital. The forward of the French team weighs 73 kilos, and measures 178 cm.