Messi in 2015
|Full name||Lionel Andrés Messi|
|Date of birth||24 June 1987|
|Place of birth||Rosario, Argentina|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|1995–2000||Newell's Old Boys|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 September 2017.
‡ 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. 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. His playing style and skills are very similar to the Argentine 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 the league for a second time in a row along with the Spanish Super Cup 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, PES 2016, and PES 2017. He is on the cover of FIFA 16, FIFA 15, FIFA 14, and FIFA 13.
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. Messi scored two penalties as his national team won the U-20 World Cup. In addition to the gold medal, Messi was awarded with the Golden Shoe for most goals scored (6), 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
International career statistics[change | change source]
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]
References[change | change source]
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- "Lionel Messi handed jail terms in Spain for tax frauds".