Lionel Messi Biography

Lionel Messi Biography

Lionel Messi is a famous footballer from Argentina, and he is also the captain of the team. He is one of the best players of today's time. He plays for the Argentina national team and FC Barcelona. He recently set a new record by winning the Golden Shoe 5 times, making him the first player to win the most European Golden Shoes. Along with this, he also won the title of FIFA World Player of the Year 4 times. He made and broke many records in his career. Interesting things from his life are being displayed here.

(Lionel Messi Introduction)

Some information about Lionel Messi is as follows –

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Name (Real Name) Lionel Messi

Other Names (Nick Name) Leo, Atomic Flea, La Pulga, La Pulga Atomica, Macedonia

Profession Argentine professional footballer

Nationality Argentina

Professional debut in football August 4, 2004, against Hungary

jersey number 10

Zodiac Aquarius

Coach/Mentor Salvador Aparicio, Frank Rijkaard, Pep Guardiola

Position Forward

Hometown Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina

Religion Roman Catholic

Lionel Messi Birth Date and Family

Birth Date June 24, 1987

Age 30

Birth Place Rosaria, Santa Fe, Argentina

Father's Name Jorge Horacio Messi

Mother's Name Celia Maria Katchitini

Brother Mattias Messi, Rodrigo Messi

Sister Maria Sol Messi

Wife Name Antonella Roccuzzo

Marriage Date June 30, 2017

Son 2 (Thiago Messi and Matteo Messi)

Lionel Messi was born in Rosario, Argentina to a working-class family. His father Jorge Messi was a worker in a factory, and his mother Celia worked part-time as a cleaner. He has a girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo with whom he had a relationship for many years. They also had 2 children, one of whom is Thiago, born on November 2, 2012, and the other is Matteo, who was born on September 11, 2015. Messi married his girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo last year i.e. in 2017 after having a relationship for many years. Both their children were born before their marriage.


Lionel Messi Personal Life

Despite being a great football player, his lifestyle is private and modest. They always try to keep a link to Rosario which is their own city. Messi serves as an ambassador for UNICEF and also runs his own charitable foundation, which supports children by inspiring them to take up education and sports. Because of their own expensive medical treatment, they help pay for similar treatments in hospitals in Argentina.

Lionel Messi Net Worth

Messi has been targeted many times by other football clubs with big budgets to play for them. But he has always been loyal to Barcelona FC. He is one of the highest-paid footballers in the world. It is estimated that in the year 2018, his basic salary is 16 million euros. And his net worth is 110 million euros. This shows that Messi is the second-highest-paid soccer player and third highest-paid athlete in the world after football legend Cristiano Ronaldo and basketball player LeBourne James. Considered to be the best football player of all time, he has become the commercial face of soccer with the endorsement of some companies such as Adidas, Pepsi, EA Sports, and Turkish Airways.

Lionel Messi Early Life

Lionel started playing at a very young age, and his talent became evident in the game. At that time his coach used to be his father, he inspired Messi to play football. However, at the age of 11, Messi suffered from Growth Hormone Deficiency (GHD) disease. At that time his condition was such that his development was not happening well, for which he needed to get expensive medical treatment. Along with this, he also had to take human growth hormone drugs.

Despite being a very talented player, he was not given any assistance by his local club to pay for his treatment. Messi was given a trial with Barcelona, ​​and coach Charles Rexach was very impressed with him. He offered Messi by writing the contract on a paper napkin, which included payment for Messi's treatment in Spain. He then moved to Barcelona with his father and became a part of the prestigious FC Barcelona Youth Academy.

Lionel Messi Career

Messi's career kick-started in the year 2000 when he used to play for the junior system rank. Within a short span, he became the only player to have played in 5 different teams. Messi began to progress through the ranks and made his first appearance in the 2004–05 season when he became the youngest player to score a league goal. In 2006, Messi became part of the team that won the double, winning both the La Liga Spanish League and the Champions League. The next season 2006–07, at the age of just 20, he became a striker and the first choice of people to become an essential part of the Barcelona team. He scored 14 goals in 26 league games. In 2009–10, Messi scored 47 goals in all competitions, which was equal to Ronaldo's record for Barcelona. As the season progressed, Messi set his own records and started breaking them.

In the calendar year 2012, he broke the all-time world record for most goals scored in a calendar year. In 2012, his total score was 91 goals, surpassing the record of 85 goals scored by Gerd Müller of Germany and 75 by Pele. At the end of 2012, Messi was offered a lucrative offer to play for Russia under an unknown name. For which he was to be paid a salary of 20 million euros a year, which makes Messi the most expensive player in the world. But he turned down the offer, as he was unsure if he would have difficulties traveling to Russia if he played for the major European championships. So instead he signed a contract to play with Barcelona till the end of 2018. When asked about his move to the English Premier League, he revealed that he has a sense of commitment towards Barcelona. At the beginning of 2013, in club football, Messi scored 292 goals in a total of 359 appearances and 31 goals in 76 appearances in international football.

Lionel Messi International Career

When Messi went to Spain for treatment, he had nationality there. In 2004, he was offered the opportunity to play for Spain's under-20 side, but Messi decided to play for Argentina as it was his native land. He led Argentina to victory in the 2005 FIFA Youth Championship. Messi made his full international debut in August 2005, playing against Hungary. Earlier in a game, he was sent out for crushing a player. This decision was controversial, as this decision was not taken keeping in mind Messi's style of play. There is usually a fair and fair game of play in his style, and he has rarely been accused of driving before.

In 2006, he participated in the World Cup, at that time he was the youngest player of Argentina to play for the World Cup. He won the gold medal for Argentina in football at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Initially, Barcelona did not allow him to play, but new coach Pep Guardiola included him. In the 2010 World Cup, Messi was given the number 10 T-shirt, wearing which he played well to help Argentina reach the quarter-finals. But despite Messi's struggle, Argentina's Germany in the quarter-finals was a disappointing (4-0) defeat. Messi said that he is eager to play in the final of the World Cup. Success for Messi in the World Cup will be the final test of his greatness.

After this, in 2013–14, he appeared in matches against Paris Saint-Germain and Atlético Madrid. He left those matches midway due to suffering from a hamstring problem at that time. His career was threatened by his successive injuries, but he did not give up. He started well in the 2014-15 season. By the end of the year, he broke many records. His return in 2015 proved to be excellent, in which a total of 122 goals were scored by his team, out of which Messi alone scored 58 goals. This success continued till the year 2016. In the 2015-16 season, he scored a total of 41 goals and provided assistance in 23 matches. In this way, he also achieved many successes in his international career.

Lionel Messi in World Cup 2014

It has been stated by many critics that except for the World Cup, Messi has given the best performance in all other competitions. In the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, Argentina was eliminated in the quarter-finals. Messi could not give his best performance in both these World Cups. Then in the 2014 World Cup held in Brazil, Messi got another opportunity to reach the highest level. Here he scored 4 goals to take Argentina to the final, but Argentina lost 1–0 to Germany in the final. Messi was honored with the 'Golden Ball' as the player of this tournament. However, this decision was not fully supported, and Messi was also not happy with his performance in this tournament. In June 2016, he announced his retirement from international matches, as Argentina was knocked out of the Copa America final after losing a penalty. However, he later changed his decision and agreed to be a part of the 2018 World Cup.

Lionel Messi's Goal Scoring Records

Lionel Messi recently scored the 600th goal of his career with a brilliant first-half free-kick. Of these, 539 goals were scored for Barcelona, ​​and 61 for Argentina. As Argentina's powerful player, he took part in a total of 747 games in his 14-year career. This best performance of Messi has earned him the title of being one of the best footballers. By any standards, Messi's goal-scoring record is not mediocre. Here is a list of some of his goal-scoring records –

Competition Total Goals

La Liga 373 goals

Champions League 98 goals

Copa del Rey 47 goals

Spanish Super Cup 13 goals

European Super Cup 3 goals

club world cup 5 goals

Copa America 8 goals

world cup 5 goals

world cup qualifier 21 goals

friendly 27 goals

According to his playing style, he has scored the following goals –

No. NS. Playing Style Goal

1. Left Foot 496 Goals

2. Right Foot 78 Goals

3. Head 24

4. Others 2

5. Penalties 77

6. Direct free kick 39

7. In the Box 504

8. Outside the Box 96

(Lionel Messi Achievements in Football)

He has collected appreciation from all over the world for his performance, and he has received many honors and achievements. Some of these are as follows –

Messi won the prestigious Ballon d'Or title 5 times in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2015.

Messi has won the Young Player of the Year award on several occasions. Some of them are World Soccer Young Player of the Year, FIFPro World Youth Player of the Year, and Copa America tournament youth.

Messi received 20 awards for being the best player of the year. Including FIFA World Player of the Year 1, World Soccer Player of the Year 3, Player of the Year 2, UEFA Europe's Best Player Award, UEFA Club Football of the Year 1, FIFA Under The -20 World Cup includes 1 award for Player of the Tournament, 3 for La Liga Player of the Year, 3 for La Liga Foreign Player of the Year and 5 for La Liga Ibero – American Player of the Year.

He has been honored as a goal scorer on several occasions for his style of scoring the ball. Some of which are IFFHS World's Best and Top Division Goal Scorers, IFFHS World's Top Goal Scorers, UEFA Champions League Top Goal Scorers, FIFA U-20 World Cup Top Goal Scorers, and Copa del Rey Top Scorers, etc.

Since 2010, Messi has been awarded 5 European Golden Shoes. Due to which he broke Ronaldo's record. He also won the Golden Ball twice in the FIFA Club World Cup in 2009 and 2011. He was tagged as European Golden Boy in the year 2005.

Messi was part of the Argentine football national team, which won the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Lionel Messi Looks

Messi's look has impressed his audience a lot, he is actually quite stylish, his style is followed by many people. Their look is being shown here.

Height 5 feet 7 inches

Weight 67 kg

Body Size Chest – 40 Inches

Waist – 32 inches

Biceps – 12 inches

Eye Color Black

Hair Color Black

Lionel Messi Likes

Lionel Messi is a simple person in real life, his likes are as follows –

Messi's Hobbies Working out, playing video games, and listening to music

Favorite Footballer Pablo Emar

Favorite Food Salad, Ascalope Milanese

Favorite Book by Jorge Luis Borges EL Martin Fierro

Favorite Color Red

Favorite Film Baby's Day Out

Lionel Messi Controversy

He was found surrounded by some controversies in his life, which are as follows –

In 2013, he was investigated for suspected tax evasion. In 2016, his name also appeared in the Panama Papers data leak.

Apart from this, he was also embroiled in controversy after he announced his retirement from international football due to his exit in the Copa America tournament.

In July 2016, Messi was taken into custody from the football field when a Barcelona court convicted him and his father on three counts of tax fraud. During the 4-day trial, Messi and his father refused to believe they had broken any laws, claiming that they were unaware of any tax illegalities. However, he was sentenced to 21 months. Under Spanish law, if the offenses are suspended within 2 years, he will not have to go to jail, but for that Messi will have to pay a fine of 2 million euros and his father will have to pay 1.5 million euros.

In this way, he was also surrounded by some troubles during his career.

Lionel Messi Latest News

 FIFA World Cup is going to start from 14th June 2018. The regret of not being able to win the World Cup of the last few years has been haunting Messi till now. This is Messi's last World Cup. That's why people have high hopes for him, but Messi has told his countrymen that they live in reality, other teams playing in the World Cup are also better. When asked if Argentina will win this year's World Cup, he replied that I have full faith in my team, but we cannot say that we are the best, some teams are better than us. So it has to be seen that in which team this year's Football World Cup is named.


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