Lionel Messi meets Argentine youngster who's suffering from congenital pseudarthrosis illness

Lionel Messi meets Argentine youngster who's suffering from congenital pseudarthrosis illness

- Lionel Messi meets Argentine young boy Emmanuel Arias at Barcelona training ground

- The youngster is in Spain receiving medical attention congenital pseudarthrosis of the tibia

- They both posed for photograph at the end of their meeting

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Argentine forward Lionel Messi scored a stunning goal for Barcelona in their 4-0 victory over Sevilla at Camp Nou over the weekend.

The goal was the 32-year-old's first this season having missed out of the first four games due to lingering calf injury.

According to The Mirror, Messi did not stop at scoring the superb free kick as the forward invited a young boy Emanuel Arias who has a medical condition to meet him at the club's training ground.

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The publication confirmed that the boy was receiving medical treatment at a nearby hospital after suffering congenital pseudarthrosis of the tibia (CPT).

Before now, the only option to solve the problem would have been amputating the affected part, but modern day treatment provided by Doctor Xesco Soldado has been yielding results since 2014.

Reports reveal that Messi made an arrangement to meet Emmanuel once he heard the boy was at a nearby medical center.

On his arrival to the Ciudad Deportiva Joan Gamper training, the duo hugged and the boy went ahead to show the Barca star the protective casing surrounding his leg.

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It could have been a different scenario had Messi gone through with his plans to leave Barcelona a few years ago however.

The Argentine admitted he considered leaving the club having being forced to pay £223,000 fine for evading tax between 2013 and 2014.

He said: "There were times, in 2013 and 2014 when I had the problem with the Hacienda [Spanish tax authorities].

"In that time I had in my head to leave, not because I wanted to leave Barca, but because I wanted to leave Spain.

"I felt badly treated and didn't want to be here any more, I had the door open to many clubs."

The forward decided to stay at the club and is now into his 16th season with the Catalans. earlier reported that Lionel Messi has admitted that he wanted his rival Cristiano Ronaldo to stay in Spain with Real Madrid.

Both superstars have won ten Ballon d'Or awards between them in a rivalry that has lasted for over a decade.

The Argentine and the Portuguese were always the focus in the El Clasico for nine years but since Ronaldo left Los Blancos for Juventus in 2018, it has been a different story.

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