Lionel Messi

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Lionel Messi
Messi in Germany and Argentina face off in the final of the World Cup 2014 -2014-07-13 (24).jpg
Messi playing for Argentina in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final
Personal information
Full name Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini[1]
Date of birth 24 June 1987 (1987-06-24) (age 28)
Place of birth Rosario, Argentina
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6+12 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 315 (286)
National team
2004–2005 Argentina U20 18 (14)
2007–2008 Argentina U23 5 (2)
2005– Argentina 103 (46)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 May 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 July 2015
Lionel Messi Player of the Year 2011.jpg

Lionel Lionel Andrés "Leo" Messi(Spanish pronunciation: [ljoˈnel anˈdɾes ˈmesi]) (born 24 June 1987) is an Argentina football player.[7] He plays for Barcelona and the Argentina national team as a forward or winger. He also has Spanish citizenship. So he can play as a EU player. 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 by the age of 22. His playing style and ability are similar to 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. It's because Barcelona offered treatment for his growth hormone deficiency. He debut 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 to Ronaldo's record total for Barcelona. He is on the cover of both PES 2010 and PES 2011.[8]

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 situation. Messi also opened a kids 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]

As of 10 August 2015
Club Season League Copa del Rey Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barcelona C 2003–04 Tercera División 10 5 10 5
Barcelona B 2003–04[9] Segunda División B 5 0 5 0
2004–05[10] 17 6 17 6
Total 32 11 32 11
Barcelona 2004–05[10] La Liga 7 1 1 0 1 0 9 1
2005–06[11] 17 6 2 1 6 1 0 0 25 8
2006–07[12] 26 14 2 2 6 1 2 0 36 17
2007–08[13] 28 10 3 0 9 6 40 16
2008–09[14] 31 23 8 6 12 9 51 38
2009–10[15] 35 34 3 1 12 8 3 4 53 47
2010–11[16] 33 31 7 7 13 12 2 3 55 53
2011–12[17] 37 50 7 3 12 15 4 5 60 73
2012–13[18] 32 46 5 4 11 8 2 2 50 60
2013–14[19] 31 28 6 5 7 8 2 0 46 41
2014–15[20] 38 43 6 5 13 10 57 58
Total 315 286 50 34 102 78 15 14 482 412
Career total 347 297 50 34 102 78 15 14 514 423

The Europe section is only for the UEFA Champions League.

International career statistics[change | change source]

As of 10 August 2015[21][22][23]
International statistics
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 13 8
2015 6 1
Total 103 46

Outside football[change | change source]

Messi has one child. He has a son called Thiago Messi with his wife Antonella. Thiago was born 2 November 2012.

References[change | change source]

  1. "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 2. http://resources.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/competition/02/36/33/44/fwc_2014_squadlists_neutral.pdf. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  2. "Lionel Messi". UEFA. http://www.uefa.com/teamsandplayers/players/player=95803/profile/index.html. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  3. "Messi, Lionel". National Football Teams. http://www.national-football-teams.com/player/12066/Lionel_Messi.html. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
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  6. "10 Messi". uefa.com. UEFA. http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2015/clubs/player=95803/. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  7. "Lionel Messi Website". http://www.messi.com.
  8. "Messi E3 Trailer + Screenshots". pesfan.com. PESFan. http://www.pesfan.com/news/8165753/?widget_konami=1#news. Retrieved 2009-08-24.
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  11. "Messi: Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini: 2005–06". BDFutbol. http://www.bdfutbol.com/en/p/j1753.html?temp=2005-06. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  12. "Messi: Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini: 2006–07". BDFutbol. http://www.bdfutbol.com/en/p/j1753.html?temp=2006-07. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  13. "Messi: Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini: 2007–08". BDFutbol. http://www.bdfutbol.com/en/p/j1753.html?temp=2007-08. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  14. "Messi: Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini: 2008–09". BDFutbol. http://www.bdfutbol.com/en/p/j1753.html?temp=2008-09. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  15. "Messi: Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini: 2009–10". BDFutbol. http://www.bdfutbol.com/en/p/j1753.html?temp=2009-10. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  16. "Messi: Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini: 2010–11". BDFutbol. http://www.bdfutbol.com/en/p/j1753.html?temp=2010-11. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  17. "Messi: Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini: 2011–12". BDFutbol. http://www.bdfutbol.com/en/p/j1753.html?temp=2011-12. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  18. "Messi: Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini: 2012–13". BDFutbol. http://www.bdfutbol.com/en/p/j1753.html?temp=2012-13. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  19. "Messi: Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini: 2013–14". BDFutbol. http://www.bdfutbol.com/en/p/j1753.html?temp=2013-14. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
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  21. "Lionel Andrés Messi – Goals in International Matches". RSSSF. http://www.rsssf.com/miscellaneous/messi-intlg.html. Retrieved 2 February 2011.
  22. "Lionel Messi: A Career in Numbers". http://www.givemefootball.com/champions-league/lionel-messi-career-in-numbers. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
  23. "Lionel Messi: Career Statistics". http://soccernet.espn.go.com/player/_/id/45843/lionel-messi. Retrieved 24 May 2012.

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