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.

Lionel Messi's family: wife and sons

Lionel Messi's family: wife and sons

Lionel Messi's family: wife and sons
Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after equalling Lionel Messi's 5 Ballon d'Or wins

Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after equalling Lionel Messi's 5 Ballon d'Or wins

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is hoping that his 'battle' with Lionel Messi continues after he equaled the Barcelona star's record of five Ballons d'Or.

Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after equalling Lionel Messi's 5 Ballon d'Or wins
Messi, Neymar finish behind Cristiano Ronaldo in race for Ballon d'Or award

Messi, Neymar finish behind Cristiano Ronaldo in race for Ballon d'Or award

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has been named the second best footballer by France football behind Cristiano Ronaldo who won the 2017 Ballon d'Or award.

Messi, Neymar finish behind Cristiano Ronaldo in race for Ballon d'Or award
How the 27 players who finished behind the top three were positioned on the Ballon d'Or short list

How the 27 players who finished behind the top three were positioned on the Ballon d'Or short list

Cristiano Ronaldo has won his fifth Ballon d'Or award, we list he 27 players who were outside the top three but recognised by the French football magazine

How the 27 players who finished behind the top three were positioned on the Ballon d'Or short list
Lionel Messi reveals the one player that will take after him and it is not Neymar (photos)

Lionel Messi reveals the one player that will take after him and it is not Neymar (photos)

Barcelona star attacker, Lionel Messi, has admitted in a candid interview that his five year old son Thiago plays better in football than his other son Mateo.

Lionel Messi reveals the one player that will take after him and it is not Neymar (photos)
Barcelona fans will not be happy with Messi's reaction to being dropped for his team's game against Sporting

Barcelona fans will not be happy with Messi's reaction to being dropped for his team's game against Sporting

Lionel Messi has reacted to his latest Barcelona benching under Ernesto Valverde in philosophical fashion - admitting 'sometimes not playing is for the best'.

Barcelona fans will not be happy with Messi's reaction to being dropped for his team's game against Sporting
Messi finally speaks about Argentina facing Nigeria at the World Cup, reveals top secret about the Super Eagles

Messi finally speaks about Argentina facing Nigeria at the World Cup, reveals top secret about the Super Eagles

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is worried about his country's chances of qualifying for the next round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup which will hold in Russia.

Messi finally speaks about Argentina facing Nigeria at the World Cup, reveals top secret about the Super Eagles
See the faces of Lionel Messi and 4 other players who scored to help Argentina beat Nigeria 4 times at the World Cup (photos)

See the faces of Lionel Messi and 4 other players who scored to help Argentina beat Nigeria 4 times at the World Cup (photos)

Nigeria and Argentina have met eight times before with the South Americans winning five of the encounters, drawing 1 and losing two games against Super Eagles.

See the faces of Lionel Messi and 4 other players who scored to help Argentina beat Nigeria 4 times at the World Cup (photos)
Lionel Messi rejected offer to become world's highest paid player to remain at Barcelona

Lionel Messi rejected offer to become world's highest paid player to remain at Barcelona

Lionel Messi reportedly turned down an offer of £850k-a-week and a £88m (€100m) signing bonus to join Manchester City before penning an extension at Barcelona.

Lionel Messi rejected offer to become world's highest paid player to remain at Barcelona
Lionel Messi statue in Argentina destroyed by vandals (photo)

Lionel Messi statue in Argentina destroyed by vandals (photo)

A tribute to Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi on Paseo de la Gloria has been targeted once again by vandals after it was previously torn apart in January.

Lionel Messi statue in Argentina destroyed by vandals (photo)
Lionel Messi's brother could be jailed for 8 years for this bizarre reason

Lionel Messi's brother could be jailed for 8 years for this bizarre reason

Matias Messi, the brother of Lionel was arrested for possession of a firearm after a loaded pistol was found in a boat he was in following the mystery incident.

Lionel Messi's brother could be jailed for 8 years for this bizarre reason
Lionel Messi ends 7 games goal drought as Celta Vigo deny Barcelona victory at Camp Nou

Lionel Messi ends 7 games goal drought as Celta Vigo deny Barcelona victory at Camp Nou

Lionel Messi has ended his seven games goal drought as he opened the scoring in Barcelona 2-2 draw against Celta Vigo on Saturday, December 2, 2017....

Lionel Messi ends 7 games goal drought as Celta Vigo deny Barcelona victory at Camp Nou
Messi, Aguero and 3 other players who can cause real damage to the Super Eagles in group D (photos)

Messi, Aguero and 3 other players who can cause real damage to the Super Eagles in group D (photos)

It is no news that the 2018 FIFA World Cup draw has been concluded and that Super Eagles of Nigeria are in Group D where they face Argentina, Iceland & Croatia.

Messi, Aguero and 3 other players who can cause real damage to the Super Eagles in group D (photos)
Big boys! See the exotic cars given to Lionel Messi and other Barcelona players (photos, video)

Big boys! See the exotic cars given to Lionel Messi and other Barcelona players (photos, video)

Audi, have gifted the Blaugrana stars with new Audi exotic cars following their outstanding performaces this season which sees them currently top the La Liga.

Big boys! See the exotic cars given to Lionel Messi and other Barcelona players (photos, video)
Anthony Joshua reveals he wants to be like Ronaldo and Barca star forward

Anthony Joshua reveals he wants to be like Ronaldo and Barca star forward

WBA World heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, has expressed his desries to emulate sporting best as he hopes to establish himself as a sporting icon.

Anthony Joshua reveals he wants to be like Ronaldo and Barca star forward
Messi slams referee for disallowed goal, reacts angrily (photos)

Messi slams referee for disallowed goal, reacts angrily (photos)

An usually calm and easy going Lionel Messi lost his cool in the game against Valencia after center referee Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva disallowed his strike.

Messi slams referee for disallowed goal, reacts angrily (photos)
The worst record of Lionel Messi in 7 years has been revealed

The worst record of Lionel Messi in 7 years has been revealed

Argentine star Lionel Messi endures his worst goalscoring drought in seven years as he fires blank again against Valencia at the Mestalla on Sunday, November 26

The worst record of Lionel Messi in 7 years has been revealed
Jordi Alba keeps Barcelona's unbeaten run alive with late equalizer against Valencia

Jordi Alba keeps Barcelona's unbeaten run alive with late equalizer against Valencia

Barcelona kept their unbeaten run alive when a late Jordi Alba goal snatched a vital point for them away at the Mestalla against Valencia.............

Jordi Alba keeps Barcelona's unbeaten run alive with late equalizer against Valencia
Lionel Messi makes big statement about Neymar which might spoil their friendship

Lionel Messi makes big statement about Neymar which might spoil their friendship

Argentine maestro Lionel Messi believes Barcelona do not miss Brazil superstar Neymar after his world record move to French side Paris Saint Germain..

Lionel Messi makes big statement about Neymar which might spoil their friendship
Lionel Messi makes emotional confession about his friendship with Cristiano Ronaldo

Lionel Messi makes emotional confession about his friendship with Cristiano Ronaldo

Argentine captain Lionel Messi have hinted that he enjoys no relationship with 'imaginary' competitive rival Cristiano Ronaldo outside of football business.

Lionel Messi makes emotional confession about his friendship with Cristiano Ronaldo
BREAKING: Lionel Messi signs new Barcelona deal until 2021 with N300bn buy-out clause

BREAKING: Lionel Messi signs new Barcelona deal until 2021 with N300bn buy-out clause

Argentine star has finally put pen to paper for a new deal at Barcelona, the deal will see him stay at the club till 2021 with the buyout clause set at £626m

BREAKING: Lionel Messi signs new Barcelona deal until 2021 with N300bn buy-out clause
Lionel Messi names the two team that can stop Barca from winning the Champions League and it is not Madrid

Lionel Messi names the two team that can stop Barca from winning the Champions League and it is not Madrid

Lionel Messi has named Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain as his club's biggest rivals in the Champions League shortly after receiving his golden boot.

Lionel Messi names the two team that can stop Barca from winning the Champions League and it is not Madrid
Barcelona star forward receives golden boot, fails to commit to club

Barcelona star forward receives golden boot, fails to commit to club

Messi has sparked uncertainty over his future as he bluntly refused to attend to questions concerning his contract renewal while receiving his golden boots.

Barcelona star forward receives golden boot, fails to commit to club
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