Lionel Messi is a soccer player with FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team . He has established records for goals scored and won individual awards.
Who Is Lionel Messi?
Luis Lionel Andres (“Leo”) Messi is an Argentinian soccer player who plays forward for the FC Barcelona club and the Argentina national team.
Messi was born on June 24, 1987, in Rosario, Argentina . At the age of 8, he was recruited to join the youth system of Newell’s Old Boys, a Rosario-based club . Messi was eventually diagnosed by doctors as suffering from a hormone deficiency . That restricted his growth . At the age of 13, when Messi was offered the chance to train at soccer powerhouse FC Barcelona’s youth academy.Messi’s family picked up and moved across the Atlantic to make a new home in Spain.
Ultimately, Messi’s short stature (5 feet, 7 inches), combined with his speed and relentless attacking style, has drawn comparisons to another famous Argentinian footballer, Diego Maradona.
Lionel Messi’s Soccer Career and Teams
Messi has only played for FC Barcelona where he first signed at age 13 . He also plays for the Argentina national team . By the age of 16, Messi made his first appearance for the FC Barcelona . He put himself in the record books on May 1, 2005, as the youngest player to ever score a goal for the franchise . putting himself in the record books on May 1, 2005, as the youngest player to ever score a goal for the franchise .That same year ,he led Argentina to the title in the under-20 world cup.
By the end of 2012,] had accumulated an astounding 91 goals in club and international play, eclipsing the 85 netted in a single calendar year by Gerd Muller in 1972 . He broke another record when he was named the FIFA Ballon d’Or winner for the fourth time in January 2013.
. He was honored with his fifth FIFA Ballon d’Or trophy . Four years later, following another La Liga title, Messi again established a new standard for excellence by claiming his sixth Ballon d’Or.
Lionel Messi’s Stats
As of August 2019, Messi’s all-time highlights for FC Barcelona:
Shot accuracy: 48 percent
Chances created: 348
Lionel Messi’s Contract and Salary
In 2017, Messi signed a new contract with FC Barcelona through the 2020-21 season and he received a $59.6 million signing bonus according to Forbes . He earns $667,000 per week, for over $80 million annually . Messi’s buyout clause set at $835 million (€700 million).
Wife and Sons
On June 30, 2017, Messi married Antonella Roccuzzo who ids his longtime girlfriend and the cousin of his best friend and fellow soccer player Lucas Scaglia and Thiago, born in November 2012 and Mateo, born in September 2015 and Ciro, born in March 2018.