Lionel Messi Wiki Height Weight Family Affairs Biography & More

Lionel Andrés Messi (Spanish pronunciation: ljoˈnel anˈdɾes ˈmesi; born 24 June 1987), also known as Leo Messi, is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for and captains both Major League Soccer club Inter Miami and the Argentina national team. Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, Messi has won a record seven Ballon d’Or awards and a record six European Golden Shoes, and in 2020 he was named to the Ballon d’Or Dream Team. Until leaving the club in 2021, he had spent his entire professional career with Barcelona, where he won a club-record 34 trophies, including ten La Liga titles, seven Copa del Rey titles and the UEFA Champions League four times.[note 3] With his country, he won the 2021 Copa América and the 2022 FIFA World Cup. A prolific goalscorer and creative playmaker, Messi holds the records for most goals in La Liga (474), most hat-tricks in La Liga (36) and the UEFA Champions League (eight), and most assists in La Liga (192) and the Copa América (17). He also has the most international goals by a South American male (103). Messi has scored over 800 senior career goals for club and country, and has the most goals by a player for a single club (672).

Messi relocated to Spain from Argentina aged 13 to join Barcelona, for whom he made his competitive debut aged 17 in October 2004. He established himself as an integral player for the club within the next three years, and in his first uninterrupted season in 2008–09 he helped Barcelona achieve the first treble in Spanish football; that year, aged 22, Messi won his first Ballon d’Or. Three successful seasons followed, with Messi winning four consecutive Ballons d’Or, making him the first player to win the award four times. During the 2011–12 season, he set the La Liga and European records for most goals scored in a single season, while establishing himself as Barcelona’s all-time top scorer. The following two seasons, Messi finished second for the Ballon d’Or behind Cristiano Ronaldo (his perceived career rival), before regaining his best form during the 2014–15 campaign, becoming the all-time top scorer in La Liga and leading Barcelona to a historic second treble, after which he was awarded a fifth Ballon d’Or in 2015. Messi assumed captaincy of Barcelona in 2018, and won a record sixth Ballon d’Or in 2019. Out of contract, he signed for French club Paris Saint-Germain in August 2021, spending two seasons at the club and winning Ligue 1 twice. Messi joined American club Inter Miami in July 2023.

An Argentine international, Messi is the country’s all-time leading goalscorer and also holds the national record for appearances. At youth level, he won the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship, finishing the tournament with both the Golden Ball and Golden Shoe, and an Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics. His style of play as a diminutive, left-footed dribbler drew comparisons with his compatriot Diego Maradona, who described Messi as his successor. After his senior debut in August 2005, Messi became the youngest Argentine to play and score in a FIFA World Cup (2006), and reached the final of the 2007 Copa América, where he was named young player of the tournament. As the squad’s captain from August 2011, he led Argentina to three consecutive finals: the 2014 FIFA World Cup, for which he won the Golden Ball, the 2015 Copa América, winning the Golden Ball, and the 2016 Copa América. After announcing his international retirement in 2016, he reversed his decision and led his country to qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, a third-place finish at the 2019 Copa América, and victory in the 2021 Copa América, while winning the Golden Ball and Golden Boot for the latter. For this achievement, Messi received a record-extending seventh Ballon d’Or in 2021. In 2022, he led Argentina to win the 2022 FIFA World Cup, where he won a record second Golden Ball, scored seven goals including two in the final, and broke the record for most games played at the World Cup (26).

Messi has endorsed sportswear company Adidas since 2006. According to France Football, he was the world’s highest-paid footballer for five years out of six between 2009 and 2014, and was ranked the world’s highest-paid athlete by Forbes in 2019 and 2022. Messi was among Time’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2011, 2012 and 2023. In 2020 and 2023, he was named the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year, with Messi being the first team-sport athlete to win the award. In 2020, Messi became the second footballer and second team-sport athlete to surpass $1 billion in career earnings.


Lionel Messi Wiki Height Weight Family Affairs Biography & More

Lionel Messi Bio/Wiki
Full NameLionel Andrés Messi
Nickname(s)Leo, Atomic Flea, La Pulga, La Pulga Atomica, Messidona
ProfessionFootball Player
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters– 170 cm
in meters– 1.70 m
in feet inches– 5’ 7”
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
Football
DebutInternational– On 17 August, 2005 for Argentina against Hungary
Club– On 16 October, 2004 for FC Barcelona against Espanyol
Club• Paris Saint-Germain (2021-present)
• FC Barcelona (2004-2021)
• Barcelona B (2004-2005)
• Barcelona C (2003-2004)
• Newell’s Old Boys (1995-2000)
• Grandoli (1992-1995)
Jersey Number#10 (FC Barcelona)
#10 (Argentina)
PositionForward
Coach/Mentor• Salvador Aparicio (Messi’s first coach when he was a child)

• Frank Rijkaard

• Pep Guardiola
AgentGuillermo Marin
Records (main ones)• Youngest two-time and three-time FIFA Ballon d’Or winner (23 and 24 years old).
• Most UEFA Best Player in Europe awards (2009, 2011, 2015).
• Most La Liga Best Player awards (2009-2013, 2015).
• Top goalscorer for country and club in a calendar year (91 goals in 2012).
• Top goalscorer in La Liga (312 goals).
• Top goalscorer in the FIFA Club World Cup (shared with Luis Suárez and César Delgado).
• Most hat-tricks scored in a La Liga season (8 in 2011-2012, shared with Cristiano Ronaldo).
• The only player to score consecutively against all opposition teams in La Liga (30 goals in 19 matches in 2012–13).
• The only player to have won the FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball Award more than once.
• In 2013, he became the youngest player to score 200 goals in La Liga.
• The only player to become the top-scorer in 5 UEFA Champions League seasons (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2015).
• Record of the most hat-tricks in the UEFA Champions League- five hat-tricks.
• Youngest player to make 100 appearances in the UEFA Champions League: 28 years, 84 days in 2015).
• All-time top-goalscorer of Argentina.
• All-time record scorer for a single club; after he scored his 644th goal to surpass Pele in December 2020.
• On 1 June 2022, he equalled Cristiano Ronaldo’s haul of international trophies after guiding Argentina to victory in Finalissima clash against Italy. 
Awards, Honours, Achievements• FIFA World Player of the Year: 2009
• FIFA Ballon d’Or: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019
• European Golden Boot: 2010, 2012, 2013, 2017, 2018
• FIFA World Cup Golden Ball: 2014
• UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award: 2011, 2015
• La Liga Best Player: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15
• FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball: 2009, 2011
• FIFA Club World Cup Final Most Valuable Player (MVP): 2009, 2011
• UEFA Goal of the Season: 2006–07, 2014–15, 2015–16
• Best FIFA Men’s Player Award: 2023

Note: He has many other awards, honours, and achievements to his name.
Career Turning PointIn 2007, when he scored a hat-trick against Real Madrid and ended the match with a draw while playing for Barcelona.
Personal Life
Date of Birth24 June 1987 (Wednesday)
Age (as of 2023)36 Years
BirthplaceRosario, Argentina
Zodiac signCancer
Signature
NationalityArgentine
HometownRosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
SchoolDid Not Attend
College/UniversityDid Not Attend
Educational QualificationNone
ReligionRoman Catholic
EthnicityHispanic
Food HabitNon-Vegetarian
AddressMessi lives in a small area called Bellamar, a prestigious and expensive suburb of Castelldefels, Barcelona
HobbiesPlaying Video Games, Listening to Music
Tattoo(s)
Controversies• In 2013, he was investigated for his suspected tax evasion.
• In 2016, his name appeared in the Panama Papers Data Leak.
Girls, Affairs & More
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/GirlfriendsAntonella Roccuzzo (Model and Dietician) (2007-2017)
Marriage DateJune 30, 2017
Family
Wife/SpouseAntonella Roccuzzo (Model and Dietician)
ChildrenDaughter– None
Son(s)– 2
• Thiago Messi Roccuzzo
• Mateo Messi Roccuzzo
• Ciro Messi Roccuzzo
ParentsFather– Jorge Horácio Messi (Steel Factory Worker)
Mother– Celia María Cuccittini
SiblingsBrother(s)– 2
• Rodrigo Messi (Elder; Messi’s business manager)

• Matías Messi (Elder; Manager of Messi’s professional brands)

Sister– Maria Sol Messi (Younger; Social Media Influencer)
Favourites
FootballerPablo Aimar
Food(s)Salad, Escalope Milanese
BookEl Martin Fierro by Jorge Luis Borges
ColourRed
FilmBaby’s Day Out (1994)
Style Quotient
Cars Collection• Ferrari 335S Scaglietti Spider
• Ferrari F430 Spider
• Maserati Granturismo
• Audi Q7
• Audi R8
• Audi R8 GT
• Mini Cooper S Cabriolet
• Dodge Charger SRT8
• Range Rover Velar
• Toyota Prius
Money Factor
Salary (approx.)$80 million (as of 2018)
Net Worth (approx.)$835 million (his buyout clause with FC Barcelona that commits him to Camp Nou through the 2020-21 season)

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