Greatest Of All Time – Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

Leo Messi, also known as Lionel Messi, was born in Rosario, Argentina, on June 24, 1987. He is an Argentine-born football (soccer) player. Messi has won a record-breaking seven Ballon d’Or honors for being the best male player in the world (2009–12, 2015, 2019, and 2021). He assisted Argentina in winning the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Early Life

Lionel Messi - Early Life
Lionel Messi – Early Life

When he was a young boy, Messi started playing football. In 1995, he joined Newell’s Old Boys youth squad (a Rosario-based top-division football club). Elite clubs on both sides of the Atlantic were drawn to Messi’s extraordinary abilities. Messi’s family moved to Barcelona when he was 13 years old, and he began playing for FC Barcelona’s under-14 team. He scored 21 goals in 14 games for the youth team. After quickly progressing through the higher-level squads. He made his unofficial FC Barcelona debut in a friendly match at the age of 16.

Personal Life And Family

Lionel Messi - Family
Lionel Messi – Family

Messi has a close relationship with his family, notably with his mother Celia, whose likeness is tattooed on his left shoulder. His daily routine and PR are handled by his older brother Rodrigo. While his father Jorge has been his agent since he was 14 years old. In essence, his professional life is run like a family business. His mother and his other brother, Matas, who also manages his personal and professional activities in Rosario, operate the Leo Messi Foundation.

Lionel Messi Wife

Lionel Messi - Wife
Lionel Messi – Wife

Messi has been dating Rosario native Antonela Roccuzzo since 2008. He has known Roccuzzo, a football player since he was five. His childhood best friend, Lucas Scaglia, is Roccuzzo’s cousin. Messi announced their relationship in an interview in January 2009 after keeping it a secret for a year. A month later, during a fiesta in Sitges, they made their relationship official during the Barcelona-Espanyol derby. Messi and Roccuzzo had three sons: Thiago (born in 2012), Mateo (born in 2015), and Ciro (born in 2018). He wed Roccuzzo on June 30, 2017, in Rosario at the majestic Hotel City Center.

Football Career
Football Career
Football Career

During the 2004-05 season, Messi, then 17, set a record for being the youngest player and goal scorer in La Liga, Spain’s top football league. Despite only standing 5 feet 7 inches (1.7 meters) tall and weighing 148 pounds. He was a strong, balanced and versatile player on the field (67 kg). Messi was a natural passer with a left foot, pace and the capacity to handle the ball exactly. He could effortlessly swerve through heavily guarded areas. He was granted Spanish citizenship in 2005, which elicited mixed reactions from Barcelona’s ardent Catalan fans. Messi and Barcelona won the Champions League the following year.

Over the years, Messi’s game continued to develop quickly. By 2008, he was one of the most dominant players in the world, coming in second place to Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo in the Ballon d’Or vote. As FC Barcelona won the club’s first “treble” in early 2009 La Liga, the Copa del Rey. The Champions League Messi put the finishing touches on a stellar 2008–09 campaign. He beat Ronaldo by a record margin in the voting for the Ballon d’Or and FIFA’s world player of the year during that season, scoring 38 goals in 51 games.

Club Play
Club Play
Club Play

The following year, Messi contributed to Barcelona’s victories in the Champions League and La Liga. Which allowed him to win the world player of the year title for an unprecedented third consecutive year. He became Barcelona’s all-time leading scorer in La Liga games in March 2012. When he was 24 years old, after scoring his 233rd goal for the club. By scoring 73 goals for Barcelona in the 2011–12 season, he broke Gerd Müller’s 39-year-old record for the most goals scored in a single season in a major European football league (which included another Copa del Rey victory). After his historic season, for which he was named 2012’s World Player of the Year. Messi became the first player to win the award four times.

Barcelona Match

Barcelona Match
Barcelona Match

With 43 goals scored during the 2014–15 season, Messi topped Barcelona in scoring, earning him his sixth world player of the year honor. Messi also helped Barcelona capture a second triple crown. He scored 41 goals for Barcelona in 2015–16, helping the club win the Copa del Rey and La Liga titles. Messi set a new record for goals for Barcelona in 2016–17 with 53 and contributed to the team’s Copa del Rey triumph. With 45 goals, he led Barcelona to another La Liga and Copa del Rey double in 2017-18.

Messi scored 51 goals across all domestic competitions to lead Barcelona to a second La Liga championship in 2018–19. Messi won his sixth career Copa del Rey title in 2020-21, which Barcelona won. Financial concerns, caused in part by La Liga restrictions, made it difficult for him to re-sign with Barcelona when he became a free agent in 2021. He left the team has accomplished a lot of feats, most notably being the league’s all-time leading goal scorer (474). He afterward joined Paris St.-Germain and 2021 saw him win another Ballon d’Or.

International Career

International Career
International Career

Despite holding dual citizenship and enjoying professional success in Spain, Messi’s ties to his native Argentina remained strong and he had a significant impact on several Argentine national teams. It was beginning in 2005. He participated for his country in the 2006 World Cup, was a part of Argentina’s winning 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship squad and scored twice in five games as Argentina easily won the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Lionel Messi contributed to Argentina’s success in the 2010 World Cup, which saw them reach the quarterfinals before being ousted by Germany for the second time in a row.

FIFA 2022

FIFA - 2022
FIFA – 2022

Argentina was eliminated by Germany for the second time in a row during World Cup play after Messi’s contribution helped Argentina advance to the quarterfinals in the 2010 tournament. At the 2014 World Cup, Messi put on an outstanding display, scoring four goals and practically single-handedly advancing an offensively struggling Argentina side past the group stage and into the knockout rounds, where they later extended to the World Cup final for the first time in 24 years. Argentina lost that game 1-0 to Germany, but Lionel Messi was still considered the tournament’s top performer and was given the Golden Ball trophy. During the 2016 Copa América Centenario, he broke Gabriel Batistuta’s previous record for goals scored for Argentina by scoring his 55th goal for his nation.

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