HUNDREDS of Argentinian fans gathered outside Lionel Messi’s grandmother’s house ahead of the World Cup final.
Messi was key in Argentina’s road to the final, being named player of the match in their 3-0 semi-final win over Croatia.
He has scored five goals and provided three assists and is universally popular in Argentina, especially in his hometown of Rosario.
His grandmother still lives in the city and she was sung in songs about Messi just days before the final.
Passionate fans jumped up and down, whistled, and some even climbed onto other fans’ shoulders.
He is revered in Rosario and even painted a huge 100ft mural on a building in town.
Messi, 35, left his hometown aged 13 to pursue a career at Barcelona but their connection runs deep.
He played for Newell’s Old Boys, the town’s main club, from the age of six and scored over 500 goals for the club.
The club even paid for Messi’s medical bills when he was diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency.
Opening up about the ordeal, the PSG star said: “I injected myself with an injection in my legs once every night. I started when I was 12. It wasn’t anything that made an impression on me.
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“First my parents gave me the injections when I was eight years old until I learned. It was a small needle.
“It didn’t hurt, it was something routine for me to do and I did it normally.”
Messi also met his wife Antonela in Rosario, whom he had known since he was five years old as she was a cousin of a close friend, Lucas Scaglia.
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