Football is no doubt the most popular sport in the World today. The game cuts across generations, races and social classes. It is one of the cheapest ways to exercise and have fun with family, friends and even enemies. Today, we want to look at the other side of the game. We want to focus on the dirty side of the game. Take a look at some jaw-dropping soccer secrets likely to change you forever.

5. Corruption in English Football

Football match-fixing is a story associated with Italian 2006 Calciopoli scandal. South American football has also suffered from the same problem. However, English football has remained ‘clean’. The truth of the matter is there are dirty tricks in British football.

In fact, after the Serie A and B scandal, an investigation was carried out by BBC Panorama and they unearthed disturbing information. Former QPR boss Ian Halloway was one of the few who came out to admit there was a bribery problem in the English game. In 2016, FA was forced to sack Big Sam after less than three months since his appointment. The reason was simple, he had been tapped speaking about bribery to influence players and match officials.

4.Messi height was medically induced

Lionel Messi has lifted five Ballon d’Or awards. The Argentine has helped Barcelona lift four UEFA Champions League crowns, 8 La Liga crowns among other individual and team awards. However, that is just part of the story.

The hidden secret is that Messi was a tiny young boy when he signed for the Catalan giants aged 14 years. The most popular story is how he signed his first contract on a napkin. The truth is that Barcelona only signed Messi because they agreed to supply him with a growth hormone drugs at a cost of $900 dollars. Human growth hormones are actually banned across many Sports but doctors recommended it for the boy to grow taller. All clubs in Argentina could not afford the monthly drugs fee. It was the deciding factor when he joined Barca La Masia.

3. Football temporarily paused WW1

In 1914, football paused World War One when British, French and German soldiers cooled the hostilities to play the beautiful game. In fact, the soldiers enjoyed the game and even hugged after the match but we all know the fighting continued until 11th November 1918.

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