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Lionel Messi
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Messi in 2015 before a game against Sevilla FC
Personal information
Full name Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini
Date of birth 24 June 1987 (1987-06-24) (age 32)
Place of birth Rosario, Argentina
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club Barcelona
Number 10
Youth career
1995–2000 Newell's Old Boys
2000–2003 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Barcelona C 10 (0)
2004–2005 Barcelona B 22 (1)
2004– Barcelona 410 (374)
National team
2004–2005 Argentina U20 19 (0)
2007–2008 Argentina U23 5 (2)
2005– Argentina 123 (61)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 March 2018.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 March 2018

Lionel Andrés "Leo" Messi Cuccittini (Spanish pronunciation: [ljoˈnel anˈdɾes ˈmesi]) (born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine footballer. He plays for Barcelona and the Argentina national team as a forward. He also has Spanish citizenship, meaning he can play for Spain. Messi is widely considered by many experts and critics as one of the best football players of all time. Messi has 5 Ballon d'Or awards. Messi was awarded FIFA World Player of the Year in 2009. His playing style and skills are very similar to the Argentine legend Diego Maradona. There is much competition between him and Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo because of their similar skill levels.

Early Life

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5-year-old Lionel Messi with Club Abanderado Grandoli of Rosario, where he started to play football

Messi was born in Rosario, Argentina to Jorge Messi and Celia Cuccittini.

Career

Lionel Messi Player of the Year 2011
Messi about to shoot

FC Barcelona

Messi began football at a young age and his potential was quickly seen by Barcelona. He left Newell's Old Boys' youth team in 2000 and moved with his family to Europe for Barcelona. They moved to Spain because Barcelona offered treatment for his growth hormone deficiency. He started in the 2004–05 season, and he scored his first goal on 1 May 2005 against Albacete from an assist by Ronaldinho. The goal made him a the youngest-ever scorer for the club at that time. Barcelona won La Liga that season for the first time in 6 years, and won the league for a second time in a row along with the Spanish Super Cup and UEFA Champions League in 2006. His first very good season was in the 2006–07 season; he became a first team regular, by scoring a hat-trick in El Clásico. He scored 14 goals in 26 league games. Maybe his most successful season was the 2008–09 season. In this season, Messi scored 38 goals. In the following 2009–10 season, Messi scored 47 goals in all games. That equals to Ronaldo's (Brazilian) record total for Barcelona.

Argentina

Messi decided to play for his homeland, Argentina, in 2005. He led the team to the final game of the 2005 U-20 World Cup against Nigeria, which ended in a 2–1 Argentine victory. Messi scored two penalties as his national team won the U-20 World Cup. In addition to the gold medal, Messi was awarded with the Golden Shoe for most goals scored (6), and Golden Ball for best player. Messi was made captain of the national team in 2011.

Retirement

On 26 June, Argentina once again lost to Chile on penalties in the Copa América Centenario after a 0–0 tie. Messi missed his penalty in the penalty shootout. This was Messi's third consecutive defeat in a major tournament final with Argentina, and his fourth overall. A day after the match, Messi announced his retirement from international football.

Career statistics

Club

As of 20 May 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Copa del Rey Champions
League
Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barcelona C 2003–04 Tercera División 10 5 10 5
Barcelona B 2003–04 Segunda División B 5 0 5 0
2004–05 Segunda División B 17 6 17 6
Total 22 6 22 6
Barcelona 2004–05 La Liga 7 1 1 0 1 0 9 1
2005–06 La Liga 17 6 2 1 6 1 0 0 25 8
2006–07 La Liga 26 14 2 2 5 1 3 0 36 17
2007–08 La Liga 28 10 3 0 9 6 40 16
2008–09 La Liga 31 23 8 6 12 9 51 38
2009–10 La Liga 35 34 3 1 11 8 4 4 53 47
2010–11 La Liga 33 31 7 7 13 12 2 3 55 53
2011–12 La Liga 37 50 7 3 11 14 5 6 60 73
2012–13 La Liga 32 46 5 4 11 8 2 2 50 60
2013–14 La Liga 31 28 6 5 7 8 2 0 46 41
2014–15 La Liga 38 43 6 5 13 10 57 58
2015–16 La Liga 33 26 5 5 7 6 4 4 49 41
2016–17 La Liga 34 37 7 5 9 11 2 1 52 54
2017–18 La Liga 36 34 6 4 10 6 2 1 54 45
Total 418 383 68 48 125 100 26 21 637 552
Career total 450 394 68 48 125 100 26 21 669 563

International

As of 21 June 2018
Appearances and goals by national team, year and competition
Team Year Competitive Friendly Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Argentina U20 2004 2 3 2 3
2005 16 11 16 11
Total 16 11 2 3 18 14
Argentina U23 2008 5 2 5 2
Total 5 2 5 2
Argentina 2005 3 0 2 0 5 0
2006 3 1 4 1 7 2
2007 10 4 4 2 14 6
2008 6 1 2 1 8 2
2009 8 1 2 2 10 3
2010 5 0 5 2 10 2
2011 8 2 5 2 13 4
2012 5 5 4 7 9 12
2013 5 3 2 3 7 6
2014 7 4 7 4 14 8
2015 6 1 2 3 8 4
2016 10 8 1 0 11 8
2017 5 4 2 0 7 4
2018 2 0 1 3 3 3
Total 83 34 43 30 126 64
Career total 104 47 45 33 149 80

Personal life

Relationships

Messi has three children with his wife Antonella Roccuzzo. They are named Thiago Messi, Mateo Messi and Ciro Messi. Thiago was born on 2 November 2012, Mateo was born on 11 September 2015 and Ciro was born on 10 March 2018. On the bottom of Messi's cleats is the name or his first son, Thiago.

Messi and Antonella married in June 2017.

Charity

When not playing on the field Messi finds time to do charity work. He started the Leo Messi Foundation in 2007 which helps children in at-risk situations. Messi also opened a kids park for children living in the hospital at the University hospital Vall d’hebron in Barcelona.

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