Lionel Messi

Lionel Andrés "Leo" Messi (born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine footballer who plays as a forward for La Liga club FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team. He serves as the captain of his country's national football team.

By the age of 21, Messi had received Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations. The following year, in 2009, he won his first Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards. He followed this up by winning the inaugural FIFA Ballon d'Or in 2010, and again in 2011 and 2012. He also won the 2010-11 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award.

At the age of 24, Messi became Barcelona's all-time top scorer in all official club competitions. At age 25, Messi became the youngest player to score 200 La Liga goals.

Messi became the first player to top-score in four successive Champions League campaigns. He set the European record for most goals scored in a season during the 2011-12 season, with 73 goals. In the same season, he set the current goalscoring record in a single La Liga season, scoring 50 goals. On 16 February 2013, Lionel Messi scored his 300th Barcelona goal against Granada.

His playing style and stature have drawn comparisons to compatriot Diego Maradona, who himself declared Messi his "successor".

On 2 June, 2012, Messi assisted and scored a goal in Argentina's 4–0 win against Ecuador in a World Cup 2014 Qualifying match. He celebrated scoring his 23rd goal for Argentina by placing the ball under his jersey, as his girlfriend was reportedly 12 weeks pregnant.

On 2 November, 2012, Messi became a father for the first time following the birth of his son, Thiago. The Argentine striker added on his Facebook page: "Today I am the happiest man in the world, my son was born and thanks to God for this gift!"

Messi has maintained close ties to his family since leaving for Spain, and has gone to great lengths to maintain them.

In 2007, Messi established the Leo Messi Foundation, a charity supporting access to education and health care for vulnerable children.

On 11 March, 2010, Messi was announced as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF, his activities are aimed at supporting children’s rights. Messi is supported in this by Barcelona, who also have a strong association with UNICEF.

In March 2010, France Football ranked him at the top of its list of the world's richest footballers, ahead of David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, with £29.6 million (€33 million) in combined income from salaries, bonuses and off-field earnings. His net wealth is estimated at $110 millIon.

Barcelona destroy Leganes to maintain their unbeaten run this season

Barcelona destroy Leganes to maintain their unbeaten run this season

Barcelona destroy Leganes to maintain their unbeaten run this season
Paco Alcacer scores as Barcelona destroy Sevilla to stay top of La Liga standings

Paco Alcacer scores as Barcelona destroy Sevilla to stay top of La Liga standings

Barcelona on Saturday night, November 4 continued with their impressive performance this season in the Spanish La Liga after beating Sevilla 2-1 at Camp Nou.

Paco Alcacer scores as Barcelona destroy Sevilla to stay top of La Liga standings
Lionel Messi and wife reveal gender of unborn third child

Lionel Messi and wife reveal gender of unborn third child

Lionel Messi's wife Antonella Roccuzzo has let slip the gender of the new child she is expecting and it’s another boy. The couple have two boys already.

Lionel Messi and wife reveal gender of unborn third child
Kind-hearted! Lionel Messi does something amazing with N30m awarded to him by a court

Kind-hearted! Lionel Messi does something amazing with N30m awarded to him by a court

Lionel Messi has donated almost £65,000 to Doctors Without Borders awarded to him by a court over a defamation case against Argentinean newspaper La Razón.

Kind-hearted! Lionel Messi does something amazing with N30m awarded to him by a court
Super boy: Barcelona stars join Lionel Messi to celebrate the birthday of his son in incredible style (photos)

Super boy: Barcelona stars join Lionel Messi to celebrate the birthday of his son in incredible style (photos)

Luis Suarez emerged with a huge grin and an even bigger Disney bag filled with presents as did Jordi Alba and his pregnant girlfriend Romarey Ventura.

Super boy: Barcelona stars join Lionel Messi to celebrate the birthday of his son in incredible style (photos)
Argentina refuse to play Lionel Messi in friendly against Nigeria

Argentina refuse to play Lionel Messi in friendly against Nigeria

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi will not play the pre-World Cup friendly between Argentina and Nigeria at the Krasnodar Stadium, Krasnodar on November 14.

Argentina refuse to play Lionel Messi in friendly against Nigeria
Messi unable to inspire Barcelona in goalless draw with Olympiacos, Juve held away at Sporting

Messi unable to inspire Barcelona in goalless draw with Olympiacos, Juve held away at Sporting

Barcelona and Juventus were both held to a draws away at Olympiacos and Sporting Lisbon in their group D match day four UEFA Champions League clashes.

Messi unable to inspire Barcelona in goalless draw with Olympiacos, Juve held away at Sporting
Lionel Messi voices complaints about Ernesto Valverde's methods despite Barcelona topping La Liga

Lionel Messi voices complaints about Ernesto Valverde's methods despite Barcelona topping La Liga

Barcelona have surged to the top of La Liga, with nine wins in their opening 10 matches but senior players are unhappy with manager Ernesto Valverde.

Lionel Messi voices complaints about Ernesto Valverde's methods despite Barcelona topping La Liga
ISIS issues another threat ahead of 2018 FIFA World cup with disturbing picture of Ronaldo

ISIS issues another threat ahead of 2018 FIFA World cup with disturbing picture of Ronaldo

Days after Argentine skipper Lionel Messi and Brazilian ace Neymar were mocked up for a sick ISIS propaganda photo, now Cristiano Ronaldo has been given similar

ISIS issues another threat ahead of 2018 FIFA World cup with disturbing picture of Ronaldo
How Messi and Argentina teammates decided on Nigeria friendly

How Messi and Argentina teammates decided on Nigeria friendly

‎Argentina's senior players lead by captain Lionel Messi decided to settle for a friendly game against the Super Eagles ahead of Azerbaijan and Ukraine.

How Messi and Argentina teammates decided on Nigeria friendly
Neymar returns to Barcelona for this reason

Neymar returns to Barcelona for this reason

Former Barcelona star, Neymar returned to Barcelona to visit old friends Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi on Sunday after watch PSG from the stance against Nice

Neymar returns to Barcelona for this reason
Messi scores 12th league goal as Barcelona defeat Athletic Bilbao to move 4 points clear in La Liga table

Messi scores 12th league goal as Barcelona defeat Athletic Bilbao to move 4 points clear in La Liga table

Messi seems to be in his best form as he scored his 16th goal of the season for Barcelona in a 1-0 win against Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, October 28, 2017.

Messi scores 12th league goal as Barcelona defeat Athletic Bilbao to move 4 points clear in La Liga table
Ronaldo, Messi the only footballers named among the top ten most valuable athletes in the world

Ronaldo, Messi the only footballers named among the top ten most valuable athletes in the world

After having a fine season for Real Madrid it is no surprise that Cristiano Ronaldo is named the world's most valuable footballer ahead of Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo, Messi the only footballers named among the top ten most valuable athletes in the world
Barcelona players destroy opponent's dressing room after Copa Del Rey clash (photos)

Barcelona players destroy opponent's dressing room after Copa Del Rey clash (photos)

Barcelona players are receiving a lot of flak for they way they left the dressing room after the visit to third-tier Real Murcia in the Copa del Rey on Tuesday.

Barcelona players destroy opponent's dressing room after Copa Del Rey clash (photos)
Lionel Messi heads out for dinner with best friend Cesc Fabregas after losing FIFA award to Ronaldo (photo)

Lionel Messi heads out for dinner with best friend Cesc Fabregas after losing FIFA award to Ronaldo (photo)

Lionel Messi and his wife joined Cesc Fabregas and his partner Daniela Sameen after be was beaten to the FIFA player of the year award by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Lionel Messi heads out for dinner with best friend Cesc Fabregas after losing FIFA award to Ronaldo (photo)
Diego Maradona describes the awful feeling he had handing Ronaldo FIFA award ahead of Messi

Diego Maradona describes the awful feeling he had handing Ronaldo FIFA award ahead of Messi

Argentina great Diego Maradona admitted it "hurt his soul" to hand the Best FIFA Men's Player award to Cristiano Ronaldo and not to compatriot Lionel Messi.

Diego Maradona describes the awful feeling he had handing Ronaldo FIFA award ahead of Messi
FIFA on alert as ISIS threaten to attack 2018 FIFA World Cup with poster of Messi (photo)

FIFA on alert as ISIS threaten to attack 2018 FIFA World Cup with poster of Messi (photo)

Dreaded terrorist group ISIS have threatened the peaceful commencement of next year FIFA’s World’s Cup in Russia issuing shocking photos of Lionel Messi crying.

FIFA on alert as ISIS threaten to attack 2018 FIFA World Cup with poster of Messi (photo)
Cristiano Ronaldo reveals those who helped him win the 2017 FIFA footballer of the year award

Cristiano Ronaldo reveals those who helped him win the 2017 FIFA footballer of the year award

FIFA footbabller of the year Cristiano Ronaldo thanked his fans and team mate for their 'amazing' support throughout the year which saw him win five trophies.

Cristiano Ronaldo reveals those who helped him win the 2017 FIFA footballer of the year award
Jay Jay Okocha meets Lionel Messi at FIFA The Best awards ceremony (photo)

Jay Jay Okocha meets Lionel Messi at FIFA The Best awards ceremony (photo)

Former Super Eagles and Bolton captain was seen in London last night at the FIFA Gala striking a pose with Barcelona and Argentina's ace Lionel Messi.

Jay Jay Okocha meets Lionel Messi at FIFA The Best awards ceremony (photo)
Amazing! Checkout how Barcelona is making sure Lionel Messi does not leave the club

Amazing! Checkout how Barcelona is making sure Lionel Messi does not leave the club

Lionel Messi has not yet signed his new four-year contract with Barcelona but the Catalan club say they are already preparing to offer him a lifetime deal.

Amazing! Checkout how Barcelona is making sure Lionel Messi does not leave the club
Controversial 2nd minute goal helps Barcelona to win over Malaga

Controversial 2nd minute goal helps Barcelona to win over Malaga

Barcelona continued its good run if form in the Spanish La Liga with a 2 - 0 win over Malaga courtesy of goals from Gerard Deulofeu and Andres Iniesta.

Controversial 2nd minute goal helps Barcelona to win over Malaga
Messi caught on camera eating ‘unknown substance’ hidden in his socks in UCL match against Olympiakos (photos)

Messi caught on camera eating ‘unknown substance’ hidden in his socks in UCL match against Olympiakos (photos)

Lionel Messi scored his 100th goal in all UEFA competition in Barcelona's 3-1 win over Olympiakos at the Nou Camp and apparently showed the world the secret.

Messi caught on camera eating ‘unknown substance’ hidden in his socks in UCL match against Olympiakos (photos)
Lionel Messi rescues Barcelona after Gerard Pique is sent off against Olympiacos

Lionel Messi rescues Barcelona after Gerard Pique is sent off against Olympiacos

Lionel Messi scored his 100th European goal as Barcelona defeated Greek side Olympiacos 3 - 1 at the Camp Nou despite a red card to defender Gerard Pique.

Lionel Messi rescues Barcelona after Gerard Pique is sent off against Olympiacos
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