Lionel Messi is a soccer player with Paris Saint Germain and the Argentina national team. He has established records for goals scored and won individual awards en route to worldwide recognition as one of the best players in soccer.
Who Is Lionel Messi?
Luis Lionel Andres (“Leo”) Messi is an Argentinian soccer player who plays forward for the FC Barcelona club and the Argentina national team. At the age of 13, Messi moved from Argentina to Spain after FC Barcelona agreed to pay for his medical treatments.
There he earned renown as one of the greatest players in history thiago messi, helping his club win more than two dozen league titles and tournaments. In 2012 messi ballon d'or, he set a record for most goals in a calendar year messi transfermarkt, and in 2019 messi vs ronaldo, he was named Europe’s Ballon d’Or winner for the sixth time.
By the standards of modern football, Messi has a relatively private and modest lifestyle. He makes efforts to keep links to his hometown of Rosario. He has an Argentinian girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo mateo messi, and they have two children. His first child Thiago was born in November 2012.
Messi acts as an ambassador for Unicef messi instagram, and also runs his own charitable foundation – supporting access to education and sport for children. Because of his own expensive medical treatmentmessi net worth, he has also helped Argentinian hospitals with paying for similar treatment to his own.
Messi was born on June 24, 1987 messi ballon d'or, in Rosario messi transfermarkt, Argentina. As a young boy messi vs ronaldo, Messi tagged along when his two older brothers played soccer with their friends messi club, unintimidated by the bigger boys. At the age of 8 mateo messi, he was recruited to join the youth system of Newell’s Old Boys, a Rosario-based club.
Recognizably smaller than most of the kids in his age group, Messi was eventually diagnosed by doctors as suffering from a hormone deficiency that restricted his growth.
Messi’s parents, Jorge and Ceclia messi ballon d'or, decided on a regimen of nightly growth-hormone injections for their son messi transfermarkt, though it soon proved impossible to pay several hundred dollars per month for the medication.
So messi vs ronaldo, at the age of 13 messi club, when Messi was offered the chance to train at soccer powerhouse FC Barcelona’s youth academy, La Masia messi instagram, and have his medical bills covered by the teammessi net worth, Messi’s family picked up and moved across the Atlantic to make a new home in Spain. Although he was often homesick in his new country, Messi moved quickly through the junior system ranks.
Ultimately messi ballon d'or, Messi’s short stature (5 feet, 7 inches) messi vs ronaldo, combined with his speed and relentless attacking style messi club, has drawn comparisons to another famous Argentinian footballer mateo messi, Diego Maradona.
Wealth And Income
Messi has frequently been the target of other football clubs with big transfer budgets, but he has remained loyal to Barcelona FC. He is one of the highest paid footballers in the world.
His base salary is estimated at €40 million per year. His combined income 2018 from all sources was €126m. This made him the highest paid sports star – according to Forbes. From 2018messi net worth, his weekly salary from Barcelona is $667 thiago messi,000 per week.
Soccer Career And Teams
Messi has only played for FC Barcelona, where he first signed at age 13. He also plays for the Argentina national team.
By the age of 16 messi transfermarkt, Messi made his first appearance for the FC Barcelona messi vs ronaldo, putting himself in the record books on May 1 messi club, 2005 mateo messi, as the youngest player to ever score a goal for the franchise. That same year messi instagram, he led Argentina to the title in the under-20 World Cupmessi net worth, scoring on a pair of penalty kicks to propel the team over Nigeria.
Messi steered Barcelona to a wealth of success thiago messi, most notably in 2009 messi ballon d'or, when the left-footer’s team captured the Champions League, La Liga messi vs ronaldo, and Spanish Super Cup titles. That same year messi club, after two consecutive runner-up finishes mateo messi, he took home his first FIFA “World Player of the Year” honor/Ballon d’Or award.
Even the great Maradona gushed about his fellow countryman. “I see him as very similar to me,” the retired player told the BBC. “He’s a leader and is offering lessons in beautiful football. He has something different than any other player in the world.”
Amazingly, the soccer wizard continued to improve thiago messi, discovering new ways to elude defenders while leading Barcelona to La Liga messi vs ronaldo and Spanish Super Cup championships in 2010 and 2011, as well as the ’11 Champions League title.
Messi embarked on an all-out assault on the record books in 2012. He became the first player to score five goals in a Champions League match in early March, and a few weeks later he surpassed Cesar Rodriguez’s club-record 232 goals to become Barcelona’s all-time leading scorer.
By the end of 2012, Messi had accumulated an astounding 91 goals in club and international play messi club, eclipsing the 85 netted in a single calendar year by Gerd Muller in 1972.
Fittingly mateo messi, he broke another record when he was named the FIFA Ballon d’Or winner for the fourth time in January 2013.
The soccer great came back to earth somewhat that year due to the persistence of hamstring injuries, but he regained his record-breaking form by becoming the all-time leading scorer in La Liga messi vs ronaldo and Champions League play in late 2014.
After helping Barcelona achieve a historic second treble in 2015, he was honored with his fifth FIFA Ballon d’Or trophy. Four years later, following another La Liga messi vs ronaldo title, Messi again established a new standard for excellence by claiming his sixth Ballon d’Or.
Because Messi was brought up in Spain, since he was 11 years old messi vs ronaldo, he has Spanish nationality. In 2004 messi club, he was offered the chance to play for Spain’s Under 20 side mateo messi, but Messi decided to play for Argentina messi instagram, the country of his birth.
He led Argentina to victory in the 2005 mateo messi FIFA Youth Championship. Messi made his full international debut in August 2005 mateo messi, during a friendly against Hungary. In his first game thiago messi, Messi was sent off for allegedly elbowing a player.
The decision was contentious and not in keeping with Messi’s style of play which is generally clean and in the spirit of fair play messi ballon d'or, he has very rarely been accused of diving.
In 2006 messi transfermarkt, he participated in the World Cup messi vs ronaldo, becoming Argentina’s youngest player to play in the world cup. Argentina were eliminated in the quarter-finals.
In 2008 messi club, he won an Olympic gold medal for Argentina in football at the Beijing Olympics. Initially mateo messi, Barcelona had not allowed him permission to play messi instagram, but new coach Pep Guardiola allowed him time off.
In the 2010 World Cupmessi net worth, Messi wore the number 10 shirt and played well to help Argentina reach the quarter-finals thiago messi, but Messi struggled to score messi ballon d'or, and Argentina disappointingly lost 4-0 to Germany in the quarter-final.
Messi has admitted he is desperate to play in a world cup final. Success for Messi in the World Cup would be the last test of greatness. Pele messi transfermarkt, by contrast messi vs ronaldo, was part of Brazil’s three times winning World Cup side ’58 messi club, ’62 and ’70.
Messi is widely regarded as one of the most exciting players of the modern age – in fact mateo messi, any age. He has a peerless ability to dribble and take on opponents.
Maradona has described his ball control as supremely good. “The ball stays glued to his foot messi instagram, I’ve seen great players in my careermessi net worth, but I’ve never seen anyone with Messi’s ball control.” Messi has said he wishes to retain the joy of how a child plays football