Lionel Andrés Messi was born on June 24, 1987, in Rosario, Argentina. He’s a professional soccer player and the captain of Argentina’s national team. He played as a forward for F.C. Barcelona from 2004 to 2021, then signed with the French club Paris Saint-Germain in August 2021, where he spent two seasons and won the Ligue 1 twice. In 2023, he joined the U.S. club, Inter Miami and he got his career with the team off to a successful start when he won the Leagues Cup in August. Messi is regarded as one of the greatest footballers of asall time and is the only player in history to win seven F.I.F.A. Ballons d’Or and six European Golden Shoes. He has set global records throughout his career and has scored the most goals in La Liga.
Messi began dating Antonela Roccuzzo, whom he had known since childhood, in 2008. They got married on June 13, 2017, and have three sons together. Today, we celebrate this soccer legend and dedicated family man.
Lionel Andrés Messi was born in Rosario, Argentina. He is an Argentinian soccer player who currently plays for Inter Miami and the Argentina national team. Messi formerly played for F.C. Barcelona and Paris-Saint Germain F.C. He began playing soccer at a young age, and his talent was instantly recognized. However, at age 11, Messi was diagnosed with Growth Hormone Deficiency, a condition that stunts growth, and he required expensive medical treatment. River Plate, his local team, was interested in signing him, however, they were unwilling to pay for his medical treatment. It was F.C. Barcelona that took a chance on him and gave him a trial. The coach was so impressed by Messi that he proposed a contract that included paying for his therapy in Spain. Messi moved to Barcelona with his father and joined the prestigious F.C. Barcelona Youth Academy.
Messi quickly progressed through the ranks and debuted in the 2004/2005 season. He became the youngest player to score a league goal. In 2006, he was part of the double-winning team that won the La Liga and Champions League. By the next season (2006 to 2007), 20-year-old Messi was the first-choice striker and an essential part of Barcelona’s team. He scored an impressive 14 goals in 26 league games. In 2006, he played in the World Cup for Argentina, becoming the country’s youngest player to do so. Messi earned an Olympic gold medal in football for Argentina at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. As the seasons went by, Messi kept improving and breaking his records. In 2012, he broke the all-time world record for most goals scored in a calendar year. At the end of 2012, Messi turned down a lucrative offer to play for an unnamed Russian side because he was unsure he would be playing in major European championships. Instead, he signed a contract with Barcelona to remain until the end of 2018. When asked about a move to the English Premier League, he expressed his allegiance to Barcelona
In 2021, he moved to Paris-Saint Germain as F.C. Barcelona could not afford to renew his contract. This free transfer shocked the world. He stayed with the club for two years and won the Ligue 1 twice. In July 2023, he signed with the U.S. club, Inter Miami, for whom he has already helped win the Leagues Cup. Messi is one of the most exciting, skilled players of our time. He dribbles and takes on opponents like no one else. “I’ve seen great players in my career, but I’ve never seen anyone with Messi’s ball control. The ball stays attached to his foot,” Maradona said of Messi’s ball control.
Messi married Antonella Roccuzzo, his longtime sweetheart, on June 30, 2017. The couple has three children together ― Thiago, Mateo, and Ciro. He first met Roccuzzo in their hometown, Rosario, when he was five years old. “Clarín” called their civil wedding the “wedding of the century.” It took place at a fancy hotel in Rosario and Colombian pop sensation, Shakira, and famous soccer players were in attendance.
F.C. Barcelona offers Messi a youth contract.
Messi makes his debut in a friendly against Porto at 16.
Messi wins the La Liga title for the first time.
Messi surpasses Pele as Barcelona's leading scorer with goal #231.
Messi scores his best goal ― it’s against Getafe.
Messi becomes Barcelona's captain, succeeding Andres Iniesta.
Messi’s Barca and Argentina national team stats are combined.
Messi leaves Barcelona and joins P.S.G.
After two years, Messi leaves P.S.G. and signs with the U.S. club, Inter Miami.
Why We Love Lionel Messi
He’s loyal to his country
The Royal Spanish Football Federation was keen to rope Messi in for the Spanish under-17 side. Messi, an Argentinian through and through, declined the offer. He only wanted to represent his native country, which is admirable.
He’s a UNICEF ambassador
Messi became a UNICEF ambassador in 2010. Following his appointment, he traveled to Haiti in a bid to raise awareness about the struggles the children there were facing in light of the earthquake that had recently taken place. Since then, he has used his star power for many other worthy causes.
He’s a family man
While many sports stars are prone to cheating scandals, Messi has remained faithful and loyal to his wife, Antonela Roccuzzo, all these years. He has three beautiful sons with her and has even expressed wanting a daughter. We love a man who is so dedicated to his family.
5 Surprising Facts
His first contract
Messi's initial contract with Barcelona was written on a napkin.
His real name
Many people may not know that he was born Luis Lionel Andres Messi.
He’s very religious
Messi is a devout Roman Catholic and even met with Pope Francis at the Vatican in 2013.
Pablo Aimar, an Argentine former professional footballer and current assistant coach, was his idol.
He dedicates his goals to his grandmother
Messi’s goals are dedicated to his late grandmother who first noticed his talent and took him to the football pitch to ensure it didn’t go to waste.
Lionel Messi FAQs
What does Lionel Messi like to do for fun?
His favorite things outside of football are sleeping, eating, and PlayStation.
What is Lionel Messi’s favorite food?
His favorite food is Milanesa Napolitana.
Is Messi vegan?
He is not strictly vegan. Messi is vegetarian only during the football season.
Who is better, Ronaldo or Messi?
Both players are equally talented and skilled but we will say Ronaldo has scored a record number of international goals, while Messi has won more Ballon d’Or awards.
What position has Messi played the most?
Based on the stats, he has played center-forward the most thus far in his career.
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