Messi joined Newell's Old Boys, a club based in Salb Rosario in 1995. He became part of a local youth wearing-power. Who lost only one game in the next four years, and became known locally as "The Machine of 7". The reason for calling them is that they were born in 1986. Messi was diagnosed with growth problems when he was just 11 years old. Local club River Plate showed their interest in Messi but at the time they were unable to afford his medical expenses.