As of February 15, 2002, Messi had to recover from an injury of fibular and wait for the AFA leave to play in Spain.
So, last Wednesday the 15 marked the tenth anniversary of the date on which Barça and Leo won the Players' Status Committee of FIFA authorize the RFEF to process your form junior player. Thus unblocked the situation created by the president of Newell's Old Boys who had refused to grant the international transfer.
Thus some early shut Messi in Barcelona which had been very difficult for him and his family. The supposed difficulty adjusting to a new country, he joined Leo suffered a serious injury (fractured left fibula). Thus, from his arrival in 'can Barça' in 2000 to this February 15, 2002, the boy of only twelve years had to focus on overcoming a long recovery and then simply play friendly games with the boys in his age. To alleviate the problem, the Argentine fell to Infantil B to play a competitive game in La Liga Territorial organized by the Catalan Football Federation.
The only positive news is that, as in Barcelona, Messi could put in the hands of the best specialists endocrine to follow a meal plan and physical designed to suit that allowed him to develop a physique to compete in the elite. (via SPORT)