Messi is an incredible son of the Italian community in Rosario that produced the little boy who was dispatched, at 13 years old and just 4ft 10in tall, to Barcelona’s academy from his hometown club of Newell’s Old Boys. Messi’s family heritage is mainly Italian immigrants from the Marche region of the old country, as well as a Spanish great-grandmother. The maiden name of his mother Celia, whose face he has tattooed on his back, is the unmistakeably Italian Cuccittini.
So the footbal player Lionel Messi has origins in Recanati: in 1866, in fact, Angelo Messi was born in Recanati and in 1883 emigrated to Argentina in search of fortune. [...]