Lionel-Messi

Basic Information

Full Name: Lionel Andres Messi

Date of Birth: 24th June 1987

Place of Birth: Rosario, Argentina

Height: 5 ft 7 in (1.69 m)

Current Club: Barcelona

National Team: Argentina

Jersey Number: 10

Turned Pro: 2005

Club Information:

Youth Career:

Newell’s Old Boys (1995 – 2000)

Barcelona (2000 – 2003)

Senior Career:

Barcelona C (2003 – 2004)

Barcelona B (2004 – 2005)

Barcelona (Since 2005)

National Teams:

Argentina U20 (2004 – 2005)

Argentina U23 (2007 – 2008)

Argentina (2005)

Early Life

Born to Jorge and Ceclia Messi, Lionel got a chance to get training at the Spain’s soccer powerhouse FC Barcelona’s youth academy. Because of earlier problems with hormone deficiency Messi’s entire expenses of the treatment was taken over by Barcelona. After some time his entire family too moved to a new home in Spain. During his early days in Spain, he used to feel homesickness, but yet at the age of 16 he made his debut for Barcelona and on 1st May 2005 he became the youngest ever player to score a goal for Barcelona as well. The same year he even lead the Argentine Under 20 World Cup team and won the title as well.

Professional Life

Because having a short stature Messi is gifted with unmatched speed and relentless attacking style. In no time he drew attention by the legendary Argentine footballer Diego Maradona. Lionel Messi has been instrumental in the victories of Barcelona in Champions League, La Liga and Spanish Super Cup titles. He has even won the FIFA ‘World Player of the Year’ for the record four times. In an interview given to the BBC, Diego Maradona said about Messi, “I see him as very similar to me. He is a leader and is offering lessons in beautiful football. He has something different to any other player in the world.” Messi has been the all time leading goal scorer for Barcelona. In 2012 alone Messi scored 91 goals.

Charity

Messi is involved in private charities as well. He has founded the Leo Messi Foundation, which provides opportunities to the disadvantaged youths. He has also been an UNICEF’s goodwill ambassador for the year 2012. Messi has been focused on children’s rights across the globe.

Endorsements

  • Turkish Airways
  • EA Sports
  • Pepsi
  • Adidas
  • Head & Shoulders
  • Konami
  • Audemars Piguet
  • Dolce and Gabbana

The Lionel Messi Quote

Whether it is a friendly match, or for points, or a final, or any game – I play the same. I am always trying to be my best, first for my team, for myself, for the fans, to try and win.

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