Messi’s grandmother, Celia Olivera Cuccittini, played a huge role in Messi’s early years and fledgling career before her death in 1998.
She was a supportive presence in his life and the PSG star previously spoke about how she persuaded his first coaches to let him play the game.
“I was small, we would all go to the neighbourhood club to where the whole family always went; my brother and cousins would all play, each in their respective category as we were all of different ages,” he previously told Argentine publication Diario Ole.
The touching moment sparked a big reaction on social mediaTwitter/Getty
“I was one of the youngest ones and therefore there were no categories for me yet, but one of them was missing a player and so my grandmother told the manager 'to let me play,' to which the manager replied, ‘How can we let him play? He is too small, he cannot play.’”
Messi added: “Despite this, my grandmother still insisted ‘let him play, let him play.’ She was very much loved by everyone at the club and continued to demand I be put in until they did. I scored two goals although truthfully, I do not remember much as I was quite young, but that is the story as my grandmother used to tell it.”
The video adds another dimension to Messi’s World Cup journey, and it sparked a big reaction among fans on social media.
One wrote: “His Grandma is the main reason why he became a football player.”
Another said: “Every time I watch this I get tears in my eyes.”
One more added: “Messi loves his [grandma], we all love his grandma more than him. Without his [grandma] he wouldn't have played football and we couldn't enjoyed the football like we do today.”
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