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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.

Real Madrid win Spanish Super Cup after humiliating Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu

Real Madrid win Spanish Super Cup after humiliating Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu

Real Madrid win Spanish Super Cup after humiliating Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu
Big Boy! Inside of Messi's N1.1million-per-night luxury honeymoon resort (photos)

Big Boy! Inside of Messi's N1.1million-per-night luxury honeymoon resort (photos)

The extravagant resort is reportedly worth £3,500-per-night (around N1.1million) as the couple were joined by Barcelona star Luis Suarez and his family.

Big Boy! Inside of Messi's N1.1million-per-night luxury honeymoon resort (photos)
Lionel Messi releases lovely honeymoon picture days after wedding

Lionel Messi releases lovely honeymoon picture days after wedding

The Barcelona star tied the knot to his childhood girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo on June 30, 2017 as the celebration was tagged the 'wedding of the century'.

Lionel Messi releases lovely honeymoon picture days after wedding
How Lionel Messi saved himself from going to prison

How Lionel Messi saved himself from going to prison

Barcelona and Argentine superstar Lionel Messi has finally saved himself from going into prison after paying up the sum of £221,000 which is the tax fraud fine.

How Lionel Messi saved himself from going to prison
What Messi did to his wedding leftovers will make you love him

What Messi did to his wedding leftovers will make you love him

Leftover food and drinks following the Lionel Messi's wedding party but all did not go to waste as the Barcelona star and his bride gave them all to charity.

What Messi did to his wedding leftovers will make you love him
Updated: Lionel Messi signs new contract with Barcelona, set to earn N203m per-week

Updated: Lionel Messi signs new contract with Barcelona, set to earn N203m per-week

Lionel Messi has agreed a new contract with Barcelona, tying him to the club until 2021. The Argentine forward's previous deal was due to expire in 2018.

Updated: Lionel Messi signs new contract with Barcelona, set to earn N203m per-week
Lionel Messi names 4 football stars that must leave Barcelona this summer

Lionel Messi names 4 football stars that must leave Barcelona this summer

The Argentine forward had a poor season with the Catalan club as he mentioned four players who need to leave as they are not of the level expected at Barca.

Lionel Messi names 4 football stars that must leave Barcelona this summer
Touching! Ex-boyfriend to Lionel Messi's wife reacts as his lover marries super star

Touching! Ex-boyfriend to Lionel Messi's wife reacts as his lover marries super star

Although it is claimed that Lionel Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo were in love from childhood, a friend of Mrs Messi says she was in love with someone else.

Touching! Ex-boyfriend to Lionel Messi's wife reacts as his lover marries super star
Diego Maradona reacts after being snubbed by Lionel Messi at his wedding

Diego Maradona reacts after being snubbed by Lionel Messi at his wedding

Football legend Diego Maradona was surprisingly not invited to the wedding of Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, but the soccer icon holds no grudge against him.

Diego Maradona reacts after being snubbed by Lionel Messi at his wedding
Lionel Messi's wedding ❤ Check out the ceremony of the year!

Lionel Messi's wedding ❤ Check out the ceremony of the year!

❤ Lionel Messi wedding ❤ is a ceremony of the year! The hottest details of the civil marriage ceremony! A fairytale wedding with his childhood sweetheart!

Lionel Messi's wedding ❤ Check out the ceremony of the year!
Neymar reveals why talking to Lionel Messi is embarrassing

Neymar reveals why talking to Lionel Messi is embarrassing

Brazil star Neymar has revealed he was “embarrassed” to talk to new Lionel Messi, when he first arrived at Spanish giants Barcelona from Santos in 2013.

Neymar reveals why talking to Lionel Messi is embarrassing
Exposed! What Lionel Messi's mother did that almost crashed her son's wedding (photos)

Exposed! What Lionel Messi's mother did that almost crashed her son's wedding (photos)

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi got married to his childhood girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo on Friday, June 30, 2017 in their hometown Rosario, Argentina.

Exposed! What Lionel Messi's mother did that almost crashed her son's wedding (photos)
Checkout amazing behind the scene photos of Lionel Messi's wedding you have not seen

Checkout amazing behind the scene photos of Lionel Messi's wedding you have not seen

Lionel Messi has finally married his long term girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo in a ceremony held in their hometown of Rosario on Friday, June 30, 2017.

Checkout amazing behind the scene photos of Lionel Messi's wedding you have not seen
See the stars that turned up for Lionel Messi's wedding (photos)

See the stars that turned up for Lionel Messi's wedding (photos)

Barcelona star Lionel Messi married his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo at the luxurious City Center hotel complex in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina.

See the stars that turned up for Lionel Messi's wedding (photos)
4 things you need to know about Lionel Messi's new wife Antonella Roccuzzo

4 things you need to know about Lionel Messi's new wife Antonella Roccuzzo

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi officially tied the knot to his childhood girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo on Friday, June 30, 2017, at their hometown in Rosario.

4 things you need to know about Lionel Messi's new wife Antonella Roccuzzo
Just in: Messi ignores Real Madrid players for his wedding, invites ONE ex-star of the club (photo)

Just in: Messi ignores Real Madrid players for his wedding, invites ONE ex-star of the club (photo)

Two hundred and sixty guests have reportedly been invited for the wedding of the Argentina football legend including his teammates at Barcelona and ex players.

Just in: Messi ignores Real Madrid players for his wedding, invites ONE ex-star of the club (photo)
Lionel Messi invites everyone to his wedding except Luis Enrique for a disturbing reason

Lionel Messi invites everyone to his wedding except Luis Enrique for a disturbing reason

Lionel Messi has invited all 21 of his club teammates but opted not to invite former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique to his wedding, according to reports in Spain.

Lionel Messi invites everyone to his wedding except Luis Enrique for a disturbing reason
Big boys arrive Argentina for Lionel Messi's wedding (photos)

Big boys arrive Argentina for Lionel Messi's wedding (photos)

Barcelona legends Xavi and Carles Puyol flew in to Rosario in Argentina with Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba as well as former Barca team-mate Cesc Fabregas.

Big boys arrive Argentina for Lionel Messi's wedding (photos)
Incredible! SEE where Lionel Messi will marry his long-term girlfriend Antonela Roccuzzo (photos)

Incredible! SEE where Lionel Messi will marry his long-term girlfriend Antonela Roccuzzo (photos)

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and his stunning partner Antonela are making a romantic return to their hometown Rosario, Santa Fe, on June 30 to get married.

Incredible! SEE where Lionel Messi will marry his long-term girlfriend Antonela Roccuzzo (photos)
Checkout the menu for Lionel Messi's wedding to Antonella Roccuzzo (photo)

Checkout the menu for Lionel Messi's wedding to Antonella Roccuzzo (photo)

The wedding menu for Lionel Messi's wedding to his long-standing partner, Antonella Roccuzzo has been leaked. Guests will enjoy a lot of Argentine cuisine.

Checkout the menu for Lionel Messi's wedding to Antonella Roccuzzo (photo)
EXPOSED! Messi's former agent reveals the club he would have joined instead of Barcelona

EXPOSED! Messi's former agent reveals the club he would have joined instead of Barcelona

Former agent of Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, Horacio Gaggioli has revealed the club Messi would have joined instead of Spanish giants Barcelona.

EXPOSED! Messi's former agent reveals the club he would have joined instead of Barcelona
Lionel Messi reportedly handed in transfer request to Barcelona last summer

Lionel Messi reportedly handed in transfer request to Barcelona last summer

Lionel Messi told Barcelona he wanted to join Manchester City last summer after a turbulent season but was convinced to stay at the Camp Nou by Luis Suarez.

Lionel Messi reportedly handed in transfer request to Barcelona last summer
Lionel Messi would not be happy after hearing Diego Maradona's latest comments about Cristiano Ronaldo

Lionel Messi would not be happy after hearing Diego Maradona's latest comments about Cristiano Ronaldo

Football legend Diego Maradona would have liked to see a star of Cristiano Ronaldo's calibre line up alongside Lionel Messi for Argentina's national side.

Lionel Messi would not be happy after hearing Diego Maradona's latest comments about Cristiano Ronaldo
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