Lionel Messi’s nickname is ‘La Pulga Atomica’, which is Spanish for ‘The Atomic Flea’. Compared to most footballers, he is short in height, and factor in that he is a constant pest for opposing defenders, the nickname makes sense.
Messi’s height is listed as 5’7″, but it is likely he could be even slightly shorter than this.
Did you know? Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency as a child and underwent expensive treatments of human growth hormone injections to help him grow.