Lionel Messi Is Called ‘La Pulga’ For This Reason

Argentinian footballer Lionel Andrés Messi is called different names and each name has a history. For some, he is Leo Messi and for others he is Messiah. But his family and childhood friends call him ‘La Pulga’ which translates into ‘the flea’ in Spanish.


• Lionel Messi is called ‘La Pulga’ since he was a kid
• Messi had a growth hormone disorder that led to this moniker
• Some would call him ‘La Pulga Atomica’ or the atomic flea for his explosive talent

Why Is Lionel Messi Called ‘La Pulga’?

Lionel Messi Called ‘La Pulga

The Rosario native got this moniker while he was just a kid. Youngest of three brothers, Lionel Messi got this name due to his short stature. His two elder brothers called him ‘the flea’ and so did his childhood friends. But some Spanish media called him ‘La Pulga Atomica’ because of his explosive talent on the ground.

Did Lionel Messi Experience Problem With Growth?

It is learned that the footballer was suffering from growth hormone disorder (GHD) during childhood. It is due to GHD that he appeared short in stature and got the nickname ‘La Pulga’. But he got treated for GHD with financial help from Barcelona.

The story behind Spanish media calling him ‘La Pulga Atomica’ is equally interesting. Messi could be short in stature but his upper body strength is in no way smaller than his opponents on the ground. On the contrary, his short stature helps him maintain balance while dribbling. He has a low center of gravity that prevents him from falling while he dribbles or sprints with the ball.

Few More Names Of Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi is also popular as Leo, taken from the first name of the footballer. And it is common for football figures and teammates to take their first names as their nicknames. But his fans and teammates call him ‘Messiah’ as he has rescued his teams in their hour of need. It is also said that Messi has been named after popular singer Lionel Richie who is credited for creating immortal songs like “Hello” and “Truly”.


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