Lionel Andres Messi is an Argentine professional football player who captains the Albiceleste national team and also plays as a forward for ligue 1 Club Paris Saint Germain in France.
Messi if often considered the best player on the planet and is arguably the greatest player of all time.
|Name||Lionel Andres Messi|
|Nickname||La pulga atomica|
|Date of Birth||24th June 1987|
|Place of Birth||Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina|
|Age||34 years 220 days old|
|Current Club||Paris Saint Germain|
Until leaving Barcelona in 2021, Leo had spent his entire career with the club, often considered as the greatest player of all time, Leo has won numerous awards and scored huge amount of goals.
He’s won a total of 35 trophies in his career and also becoming the highest Argentine and South American too scorer in history.
Messi is agile with a low center of gravity due to his height, he’s a dazzling, skillful and very technical player. He’s intelligent, has unique vision and playmaking abilities making him an all around complete player.
Over the years he’s grown to become adept in set piece abilities scoring over 50 goals from dead ball.
Lionel Andres Messi was born on 24th of June 1987 in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina. Messi is the third of four children. His parents names are Jorge Messi and Celia Cuccittini.
Jorge Messi was a steel factory manager while Leo’s mom worked at a magnetic manufacturing company.
Leo on his father’s side is Italian and Spanish, his great grand parents were immigrants from Spain and his moms were also Italian immigrants in Argentina.
Leo grew up in a average class family and had passion for football from a very little age.
Messi was Born with a growth hormone deficiency but that didn’t stop him, he would accompany his older brothers and cousins who were professional to football games.
At age four, Leo began his football journey, joining a local club called Grandoli and his father was the coach.
His grandmother Celia was his biggest inspiration as she always accompanied him to games. She died when Messi was eleven and every goal he’s scored since then has been dedicated to her.
At age six, Messi joined his favourite club Newell’s old boys in Rosario. Messi became an instant phenomenon scoring over 500 goals in six years for different age levels of Newell’s.
Messi at Newell’s
He formed an integral part of the feared Newell’s youth team that destroyed every opponent ruthless during the 1987 era. He at some point performed tricks and skills during the half time of Diego Maradonas debut for Newell’s.
When Messi was 10, he was diagnosed of growth hormone deficiency that threatened his career. He needed serious treatments and his family didn’t have the funds.
All efforts to finance his health hormone treatments proved futile, clubs like River Plate and others couldn’t afford to help as the Argentine economy was collapsing at the time.
With some of his family relatives living in Catalonia, the family arranged a trial with FC Barcelona.
After back and forth, Charly Rexach finally signed Leo producing his contract on a piece of paper napkin on 14th December 2000.
In february 2001 the family relocated to Catalonia and Leo’s Barcelona journey begun.
Leo’s first year wasn’t all that rosy as he’d hoped, he couldn’t play for la masia except in friendly games due to some transfer inconsistencies with Newell’s. Without Football, Leo struggled, it wasn’t perfect at home either, he was alone with his father.
Messi found it difficult to blend with other la masia kids, he was quiet and withdrawn and everyone else thought he was a mute.
After the first year, Barcelona were finally able to register Leo in 2002. And that’s when his true journey started.
La masia had incredible talents then, with kids like Cesc Fabregas and Gerard Pique. He completed his growth hormone treatment at 14 and became a very important piece of the la masia team.
The la masia dream team tore apart opponents for fun, scoring loads of goals in the process. After that season offers came for Messi abroad which he refused and chose to stay at Barcelona instead.
Messi grew through the FC Barcelona la masia system, playing for different categories from 2002 up until after he made his first team debut on 16th November 2003 against Jose Mourinho’s FC Porto at 16 years Four months and 23 days old.
Leo scored goals for fun, tearing teams apart with his dazzling left foot, skills and techniques. Abilities that earned him comparisons with the great Maradona right from a tender age.
When Messi arrived the first team, then superstar Ronaldinho took him under his wings and took care if him, telling the others he believe the 16 year old kid would become the best player in the world someday.
After playing for the lower side, Messi signed his first professional contract at the age of 18 and was fully promoted to the first team in 2005.
Messi would go on to create history with the club, shattering goals and assist records in the process.
After Ronaldinho left in 2008, Messi took over the number 10 Jersey and Pep Guardiola made him the pillar of the team.
Messi would go on to win numerous awards, and become Barcelona all time top scorer among so many other incredible achievements.
In the summer of 2021, after the club had fallen to the bad management of previous president Josep Maria Bartomeu, Barcelona was left with no money in the bank to renew Leo’s contract so he completed a free transfer to Paris Saint Germain where he started a new phase of his long career.
Messi has Spanish and Argentine dual citizenship and was eligible to play for either but opted to play for Argentina instead.
Messi appeared and won the u-21 tournament for argentina in 2001 also winning the Golden boot and Golden ball Awards in the process.
In 2006 he was part of the Argentine team knocked out by Germany in the quarterfinals of the world cup as he was only used mostly as a substitute.
He won the olympics in 2008 and would go on to lose one world cup final and three copa America finals as he search for his international trophy.
Messi went on to become the Argentine all time top scorer and finally got his hands on a copa America trophy in 2021 as they beat Brazil 1-0 in the finals played in the Maracana.
AWARDS AND TITLES
|Spanish La Liga||10 times|
|Copa Del Rey||7 times|
|Super Copa De Espana||7 times|
|UEFA Champions League||4 times|
|UEFA Super Cup||3 times|
|FIFA Club World Cup||3 times|
|U-20 World Cup||Once|
|FIFA World Cup||Runner up 2014|
|Copa America Runner up||3 times|
|Balloon d’or / FIFA best player||7 times|
|FIFA World player of the year||Once|
|The best FIFA men’s player||Once|
|European Golden Shoe||6 times|
|FIFA World Cup Golden ball||2014|
|La liga best player||6 times|
|Argentine footballer of the year||12 times|
|Laureus World sportsman of the year||2020|
|Balloon d’or dream team||2020|
|World soccer greatest 11 of all time||–|
|IFFHS all time men’s dream team||–|
WIFE AND CHILDREN
Lionel Messi is married to his long time partner and childhood lover Antonella Roccuzzo.
The couples have three children, Thiago, Mateo and Ciro Messi.
Messi has amazed a great fortune in his entire career. He’s currently the highest paid football player on the planet earning over €40million yearly.
He was recently crowned a football billionaire as his assets crossed the $1 billion margin.
Messi is estimated to be worth over $1 billion. As he earns massively from image rights, endorsement and advertisement deals.
Leo has scored over 800 goals and have been involved in over 1000 goals throughout his career. He’s currently the player with the most assists in history.