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.

Messi caught on camera eating ‘unknown substance’ hidden in his socks in UCL match against Olympiakos (photos)

Messi caught on camera eating ‘unknown substance’ hidden in his socks in UCL match against Olympiakos (photos)

Messi caught on camera eating ‘unknown substance’ hidden in his socks in UCL match against Olympiakos (photos)
See the emotional way Argentina FA president celebrated Lionel Messi after his hat-trick (photos, video)

See the emotional way Argentina FA president celebrated Lionel Messi after his hat-trick (photos, video)

To many Lionel Messi’s name will never be forgotten in Argentina’s history, after he was instrumental in helping his country qualify for FIFA 2018 world cup.

See the emotional way Argentina FA president celebrated Lionel Messi after his hat-trick (photos, video)
Lionel Messi celebrates Argentina's World Cup qualification in dressing room (video)

Lionel Messi celebrates Argentina's World Cup qualification in dressing room (video)

Lionel Messi bagged a hat-trick against Ecuador to send Argentina to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and the forward celebrated wildly in the dressing room.

Lionel Messi celebrates Argentina's World Cup qualification in dressing room (video)
Lionel Messi makes huge statement after his hatrick helped Argentina secure World cup qualification

Lionel Messi makes huge statement after his hatrick helped Argentina secure World cup qualification

Lionel Messi has said it would have been ‘crazy’ for Argentina not to have made the 2018 FIFA World Cup after his hat-trick helped them secure qualification.

Lionel Messi makes huge statement after his hatrick helped Argentina secure World cup qualification
Merciless Messi scores hat-trick as Argentina defeat Ecuador to qualify for 2018 World Cup

Merciless Messi scores hat-trick as Argentina defeat Ecuador to qualify for 2018 World Cup

Argentina have qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia after beating Ecuador 3-1 in a tough qualifying match on Wednesday morning, October 11, 2017.

Merciless Messi scores hat-trick as Argentina defeat Ecuador to qualify for 2018 World Cup
Neymar makes incredible promise to help Argentina qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup

Neymar makes incredible promise to help Argentina qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup

Neymar has personally told close friend Lionel Messi that he will do all he can to help Brazil defeat Chile so Argentina can qualifier for the World Cup.

Neymar makes incredible promise to help Argentina qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Man City set to make Messi the most expensive player in the world as they prepare a staggering £357m bid to lure him to England

Man City set to make Messi the most expensive player in the world as they prepare a staggering £357m bid to lure him to England

Manchester City are reportedly preparing a world-record £357million January bid for Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, AS claims Pep Guardiola wants a reunion.

Man City set to make Messi the most expensive player in the world as they prepare a staggering £357m bid to lure him to England
Lionel Messi in trouble as Peru hold Argentina to put their chances of going to 2018 World Cup in doubt

Lionel Messi in trouble as Peru hold Argentina to put their chances of going to 2018 World Cup in doubt

Argentina are now in a serious danger of missing the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia after they were forced to a 0-0 draw by Peru on Thursday night, October 5.

Lionel Messi in trouble as Peru hold Argentina to put their chances of going to 2018 World Cup in doubt
Lionel Messi's brace helps Barcelona to convincing 3-0 victory over Las Palmas behind closed doors

Lionel Messi's brace helps Barcelona to convincing 3-0 victory over Las Palmas behind closed doors

Barcelona maintained their 100% start in the Spanish La Liga after a 3-0 victory over Las Palmas on Sunday, October 1, thanks to goals from Busquets and Messi.

Lionel Messi's brace helps Barcelona to convincing 3-0 victory over Las Palmas behind closed doors
4 goalkeepers who have shown Lionel Messi to be ordinary in different occasions

4 goalkeepers who have shown Lionel Messi to be ordinary in different occasions

Lionel Messi is arguably one of the best players of the game in this century, the Argentine has always maintained consistency in punishing opposition players.

4 goalkeepers who have shown Lionel Messi to be ordinary in different occasions
Barcelona struggle to victory over Sporting, Juve dominant in huge win over Olympiacos

Barcelona struggle to victory over Sporting, Juve dominant in huge win over Olympiacos

Barcelona needed an own goal to secure a hard fought 1 - 0 win over Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon while Juventus were dominate in win over Olympiacos.

Barcelona struggle to victory over Sporting, Juve dominant in huge win over Olympiacos
Cristiano Ronaldo da Lionel Messi a cikin fitattun 'yan wasa na duniya a shekarar 2017

Cristiano Ronaldo da Lionel Messi a cikin fitattun 'yan wasa na duniya a shekarar 2017

Daga cikin gwanayen da za’a fitar akwai Cristiano Ronaldo daga kungiyar Real Madrid da Lionel Messi daga kungiyar Barcelona da kuma Neymar daga Paris St-Germain

Cristiano Ronaldo da Lionel Messi a cikin fitattun 'yan wasa na duniya a shekarar 2017
Touching love story of Lionel Messi and wife

Touching love story of Lionel Messi and wife

⚽ Lionel Messi wife ♡ romantic story. The story of their relationship will touch your heart. How long have they known each other and is she his first love?

Touching love story of Lionel Messi and wife
Revealed! How Lionel Messi forced Cristiano Ronaldo to demand a new contract at Madrid

Revealed! How Lionel Messi forced Cristiano Ronaldo to demand a new contract at Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo is closing in on an improved deal at Real Madrid as he seeks greater parity with Lionel Messi who earns €35m (£31m) per season at Barcelona.

Revealed! How Lionel Messi forced Cristiano Ronaldo to demand a new contract at Madrid
See the amazing thing Barcelona players did for injured record signing Dembele (photo)

See the amazing thing Barcelona players did for injured record signing Dembele (photo)

Barcelona's players showed their support for Ousmane Dembele ahead of their clash with Eibar, the winger picked the injury in Barca's 2-1 win over Getafe.

See the amazing thing Barcelona players did for injured record signing Dembele (photo)
Merciless Messi on fire as Barcelona condemn Eibar at Camp Nou to stay top of the La Liga standings

Merciless Messi on fire as Barcelona condemn Eibar at Camp Nou to stay top of the La Liga standings

Barcelona on Tuesday night, September 19, 2017 continued their superb form of the season as they defeated visiting Eibar 6-1 in a tough La Liga encounter.

Merciless Messi on fire as Barcelona condemn Eibar at Camp Nou to stay top of the La Liga standings
Paulinho to the rescue as Barcelona's 100% start in La Liga continues

Paulinho to the rescue as Barcelona's 100% start in La Liga continues

Barcelona perfect start in the La Liga continued after a hard fought 2-1 victory over Getafe on a day the Spanish giant almost failed to come to the party......

Paulinho to the rescue as Barcelona's 100% start in La Liga continues
UEFA announce Champions League match day 1 player of the week

UEFA announce Champions League match day 1 player of the week

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah has been named the Champions League's player of the week by UEFA following an online vote ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

UEFA announce Champions League match day 1 player of the week
Lionel Messi makes key decision amidst likely reunion with Pep Guardiola

Lionel Messi makes key decision amidst likely reunion with Pep Guardiola

Five time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi has dashed hopes of a reunion with Pep Guardiola after reportedly signing a new contract ending in 201with Barcelona.

Lionel Messi makes key decision amidst likely reunion with Pep Guardiola
Just in! La Liga announce new date, time for highly anticipated El Clasico

Just in! La Liga announce new date, time for highly anticipated El Clasico

La Liga president Javier Tebas confirmed on Monday that the first El Clasico of the season between Real Madrid and Barcelona will be played in late December.

Just in! La Liga announce new date, time for highly anticipated El Clasico
Lionel Messi scores first ever goal against Buffon and fans think he is the greatest of all time

Lionel Messi scores first ever goal against Buffon and fans think he is the greatest of all time

It took Lionel Messi until his fourth game against Gianluigi Buffon to put one against the Italian and fans cannot stop talking about La Pulga's milestone.

Lionel Messi scores first ever goal against Buffon and fans think he is the greatest of all time
Champions League: Magical Messi leads Barcelona to huge victory over Juventus

Champions League: Magical Messi leads Barcelona to huge victory over Juventus

Lionel Messi scored twice and had a hand in the other as Barcelona got their 2017/2018 Champions League campaign off to a flyer with a 3 - 0 win over Juventus.

Champions League: Magical Messi leads Barcelona to huge victory over Juventus
Lionel Messi stuns audience as he plays Champions League anthem on piano (video)

Lionel Messi stuns audience as he plays Champions League anthem on piano (video)

Lionel Messi has shown he isn’t just a football wizard but a man of many talents as he superbly performs the UEFA Champions League anthem on a piano.

Lionel Messi stuns audience as he plays Champions League anthem on piano (video)
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