Lionel Messi

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Lionel Messi
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Personal information
Full name Lionel Andrés Messi
Date of birth 24 June 1987 (1987-06-24) (age 27)
Place of birth Rosario, Argentina
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6+12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Barcelona
Number 10
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004- Barcelona
National team
2005- Argentina
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Lionel Messi Player of the Year 2011.jpg

Lionel Messi (born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine football player. He plays for Barcelona and the Argentina national team as a forward or winger. Lionel Andrés "Leo" Messi (Spanish pronunciation: [ljoˈnel anˈdɾes ˈmesi]) was born 24 June 1987. He also has Spanish citizenship so he can play in the EU. He is one of the best football players of his generation. Many people say that he is the world's best player. Messi received several Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards by the age of 22. His playing style and ability are similar to those of Diego Maradona.

Messi began football at a young age and his potential was quickly seen by Barcelona. He left Newell's Old Boys's youth team in 2000 and moved with his family to Europe. Barcelona offered treatment for his growth hormone deficiency. He debuted in the 2004–05 season, and he broke his team record for the youngest footballer to score a goal. Barcelona won La Liga in Messi's debut season, and won a double of the league and Champions League in 2006. His first very good season was in the 2006–07 season; he became a first team regular, scoring a hat-trick in El Clásico. He scored 14 goals in 26 league games. Maybe his most successful season was the 2008–09 season. In this season, Messi scored 38 goals. In the following 2009–10 season, Messi scored 47 goals in all games. That equals Ronaldo's record total for Barcelona. He is on the cover of both PES 2010 and PES 2011.[1]

Messi decided to play for his homeland in 2005. He led the team to the final game against Nigeria. Messi achieved victory in the under 20 World Cup in Argentina. In addition to the gold medal Lionel Messi was rewarded with the Golden Boot for most goals scored and the Golden Ball for best player. Lionel Messi was made captain of the team in 2011.

Not only playing on the field, Messi finds time to do charity work. He started the Leo Messi Foundation which helps children in at-risk situations. Messi also opened a kid's park for children living in the hospital at the University hospital Vall d’hebron In Barcelona. He was announced as the best player in the world in 2014.

Club career statistics[change | change source]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total
2004/05 Barcelona La Liga 7 1 1 0 1 0 9 1
2005/06 17 6 2 1 6 1 25 8
2006/07 26 14 2 2 5 1 36 17
2007/08 28 10 3 0 9 6 40 16
2008/09 31 23 8 6 12 9 51 38
2009/10 35 34 3 1 11 8 49 43
2010/11 33 31 7 7 13 12 49 43
Country Spain 177 119 26 17 57 37 260 173
Total 177 119 26 17 57 37 260 173

The Europe section is only for the UEFA Champions League. The UEFA Super Cup, and the coveted Connor Byrne player of the year is not included.

International career statistics[change | change source]

National team Year Apps Goals
Argentina U20 2005 7 6
Argentina U23 2008 5 2
Argentina 2005 5 0
2006 7 2
2007 14 6
2008 8 2
2009 10 3
2010 10 2
2011 13 4
2012 9 12
2013 7 6
2014 6 5
Total A 89 42

Outside football[change | change source]

Messi has one child. His son, Thiago, was born 2 November 2012.

References[change | change source]

Template:Argentina Squad 2014 World Cup