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The Italian Town that Gave Lionel Messi His Golden Foot (Exclusive Video)

Lionel Messi became the most popular athlete in the world in 2022, as the Argentine football phenom added an elusive World Cup to his legendary career.

Although Messi represents Argentina on the pitch, he is Italian by blood. The #10 World Cup Champion traces his roots back to the Italian region of Le Marche, with his ancestors hailing from the Marchigiano towns of San Severino Marche and Recanati.

America Domani took an exclusive tour of the legendary footballer’s ancestral hometown of Recanati:

  • Recanati is a mountain town of 20,000 residents overlooking the Adriatic Sea.
  • The town is known for its musical influence, with several streets, museums and theaters named after hometown hero Beniamino Giglio.
  • The coat of arms of Recanati is a lion, which ironically is where the name “Lionel” is derived from.
  • Messi’s cousin Luca Messi was a famous Italian boxer.
  • Messi’s great-grandfather Angelo Messi, was the first in the family to immigrate from Italy to Argentina in 1883.

Check out the video below for an exclusive tour of Lionel Messi’s ancestral hometown of Recanati!