Lionel Messi

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Lionel Messi
2015 UEFA Super Cup 64 crop.jpg
Messi in 2015
Personal information
Full name Lionel Andrés Messi[1]
Date of birth 24 June 1987 (1987-06-24) (age 30)
Place of birth Rosario, Argentina
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[2][3][4][5][6]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club Barcelona
Number 10
Youth career
1995–2000 Newell's Old Boys
2000–2003 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Barcelona C 10 (5)
2004–2005 Barcelona B 22 (6)
2004– Barcelona 385 (354)
National team
2004–2005 Argentina U20 19 (14)
2007–2008 Argentina U23 5 (2)
2005– Argentina 120 (58)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 September 2017.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 September 2017

Lionel Andrés "Leo" Messi Cuccittini (Spanish pronunciation: [ljoˈnel anˈdɾes ˈmesi]) (born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine footballer.[7] He plays for Barcelona as a forward. He also has Spanish citizenship, meaning he can play for Spain. Messi is widely considered by many experts and critics as one of the best football players of all time. Messi has 5 Ballon d'Or awards. Messi was awarded FIFA World Player of the Year in 2009.[8] His playing style and skills are very similar to legend Diego Maradona. There is much competition between him and Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo because of their similar skill levels.

Career[change | change source]

FC Barcelona[change | change source]

Messi began football at a young age and his potential was quickly seen by Barcelona. He left Newell's Old Boys' youth team in 2000 and moved with his family to Europe for Barcelona. They moved to Spain because Barcelona offered treatment for his growth hormone deficiency. He started in the 2004–05 season, and he broke Barcelona's record for the youngest footballer to score a goal. Barcelona won La Liga that season, and won a double of the league and UEFA Champions League in 2006. His first very good season was in the 2006–07 season; he became a first team regular, by 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 to Ronaldo's (Brazilian) record total for Barcelona. He is on the cover of PES 2010, PES 2011, PES 2015, and PES 2016.[9] He is on the cover of FIFA 16, FIFA 15, FIFA 14.

Argentina[change | change source]

Messi decided to play for his homeland, Argentina, in 2005. He led the team to the final game of the 2005 U-20 World Cup against Nigeria, which ended in a 2–1 Argentine victory, this means that Messi and his national team would eventually win the U-20 World Cup. In addition to the gold medal, Messi was awarded with the Golden Shoe for most goals scored and Golden Ball for best player. Messi was made captain of the national team in 2011.

Club career statistics[change | change source]

As of 10 September 2017
Club Season League Copa del Rey Champions League Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barcelona C 2003–2004 Tercera División 10 32 10 5
Barcelona B 2003–2004[10] Segunda División B 5 0 5 0
2004–2005[11] 17 6 17 6
Total 32 11 32 11
Barcelona 2004–2005[11] La Liga 7 1 1 0 1 0 9 1
2005–2006[12] 17 6 2 1 6 1 0 0 25 8
2006–2007[13] 26 14 2 2 6 1 2 0 36 17
2007–2008[14] 28 10 3 0 9 6 40 16
2008–2009[15] 31 23 8 6 12 9 51 38
2009–2010[16] 35 34 3 1 12 8 3 4 53 47
2010–2011[17] 33 31 7 7 13 12 2 3 55 53
2011–2012[18] 37 59 7 3 12 15 4 5 60 73
2012–2013[19] 32 46 5 4 11 8 2 2 50 60
2013–2014[20] 31 28 6 5 7 8 2 0 46 41
2014–2015[21] 38 43 6 5 13 10 57 58
2015–2016[22] 33 26 5 5 7 6 4 4 49 41
2016–2017[23] 34 37 7 5 9 11 2 1 52 54
2017–2018[24] 3 5 0 0 0 0 2 1 5 6
Total 385 354 62 44 115 94 26 21 588 513
Career total 417 365 62 44 115 94 26 21 620 524

International career statistics[change | change source]

As of 10 September 2017[25][26][27]
Team Year Apps Goals
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 14 8
2015 8 4
2016 11 8
2017 5 4
Total 120 61

Personal life[change | change source]

Relationships[change | change source]

Messi has two children with his wife Antonella Rocuzzo. They are named Thiago Messi And Mateo Messi. Thiago was born 2 November 2012. Mateo was born on 11 September 2015. On the bottom of Messi's cleats is the name or his first son, Thiago.

Messi and Antonella married in June 2017.

Charity[change | change source]

When not 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 kids park for children living in the hospital at the University hospital Vall d’hebron in Barcelona.

Tax Issues[change | change source]

In July 2016 he was convicted of tax fraud[28] and sentenced to spend 21 months in prison. Messi was also fined two million Euros.[28] Messi never went to prison and the problem was solved.

References[change | change source]

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  8. "The Best FIFA Football Awards". FIFA. Retrieved 15 November 2017. 
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  26. "Lionel Messi: A Career in Numbers". Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  27. "Lionel Messi: Career Statistics". Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  28. 28.0 28.1 "Lionel Messi handed jail terms in Spain for tax frauds".