Messi – Quick Facts
Famous as: Footballer
Full name: Luis Lionel Andrés Messi
Birth day: June 24, 1987
Birthplace: Rosario, Argentina
Nationality: Argentinean /Spanish
Mother: Celia María Cuccittini
Father: Jorge Horácio Messi
Height: 169 cm
Weight: 67 kg
Club: FC Barcelona
Debut: 17 November 2003
Awards: FIFA World Player of the Year (4 times)
Lionel Messi: The Greatest Footballer of the Present Generation
Lionel Messi is, popular Argentinean footballer, is regarded as one of the best players of the present times. He plays for the Argentina national team and FC Barcelona. Messi is often described as the successor of the Maradona due to his great goal scoring record. He also has the skill to dribble past his opponents. Messi was born in Rosario, Argentina to a normal working class family. His mother was a part-time cleaner while his father was a factory steel worker. He is the third child in the family with two elder brothers and a younger sister.
Lionel Messi, start striker of FC Barcelona
Lionel Messi started playing football from an early age. His skills never went unnoticed. He was diagnosed with Growth Hormone Deficiency (GHD) at the age of 11. The condition required costly medical treatment. It included the use of the expensive drug human growth hormone. Meanwhile, a local club in River Plate showed interest in signing Messi, but did not wish to pay for his treatment. However, Barcelona offered a trial. His performance in the field highly impressed Coach Carles Rexach and eventually made him offer Lionel Messi a contract. He wrote the contract on paper napkin! The contract included the cost involved for his treatment in Spain. It was then when Messi moved to Barcelona, Spain along with his father. He joined the prestigious FC Barcelona Youth Academy.
Lionel Messi performed extremely well and progressed through the ranks. As a result, he became the youngest player in the history of football to score a league goal when he made his first appearance in the 2004/05 season. In the year 2006, he was part of the double winning team that won both La Liga and Champions League. In the following season (2006-07), when Messi was aged just 20, he was the first choice striker and played a significant part in the Barcelona team. He scored 14 goals in 26 league games!
Later, in the 2009-10 season, Messi scored a total of 47 goals the same as Ronaldo’s record total for Barcelona. Every season, he progressed tremendously and breaking his own records. In 2012, he broke the all time world record set for most goals scored in a calendar year by scoring 91 goals. Doing so, he beat the previous milestone of 85 by Gerd Muller and 75 of Pele. Towards the end of the year 2012, Lionel Messi denied a lucrative offer to play for an unnamed Russian team. He would have received a salary of nearly €20 million a year. However, he refused the offer for various reasons. He signed a contract with Barcelona team until the end of year 1918. Later, when he was asked about being part of the English Premier League, Messi displayed his sense of commitment to Barcelona.
International Career of Lionel Messi
As Lionel Messi grew up in Spain ever since he was 11 years old, he has Spanish nationality. He received a great opportunity to play for Under 20 side of Spain in 2004. However, he decided to play for Argentina, his native country. Messi led Argentina to victory in the 2005 FIFA Youth Championship. He made his full international debut in 2005 against Hungary in a friendly match.
In 2006, Messi participated in the World Cup. He became the youngest player of Argentina to play in the World Cup. However, Argentina was eliminated in the quarterfinals. In 2008, Messi managed to win an Olympic Gold Medal for Argentina in football at the popular Beijing Olympics. Barcelona did not permitted him to play, however the coach Pep Guardiola permitted him to play with the national team. In 2010 South Africa World Cup, he played extraordinary and enabled Argentina to reach the quarterfinals but they lost to Germany in the quarterfinal. Lionel Messi was desperate to play in a World Cup final. He is considered as one of the most exciting players of the contemporary age. He possesses a matchless ability to dribble and take on opponents. What’s more, Maradona has described his ball control as extremely good.
How much Messi earns?
Lionel Messi has often been the target of several football clubs with huge transfer budgets; however, he has always remained loyal to Barcelona FC. He is, of course, one of the highest paid footballers. His base salary is projected at €16 million net a year, until 2018 and his net wealth is about €110m.
Lionel Messi leads modest Private life
Lionel Messi leads a comparatively private and modest lifestyle. He seems to maintain his contacts in his hometown of Rosario. Messi has a girlfriend named Antonella Roccuzzo. They have a son named Thiago, born in November 2012. He serves as an ambassador for UNICEF. He also runs a charitable foundation that supports children and their education. Having gone through an expensive medical treatment, he has also helped hospitals in Argentina with paying for similar treatment as his own.
What does World Cup 2014 has in store for Messi?
Many commentators have stated unanimously that Lionel Messi has performed exceptionally well in all competitions except the World Cup. Argentina was knocked out of the tournament in the quarter finals in both the 2006 and 2010 World Cup mainly because he did not perform at his best. The 2014 World Cup held in Brazil is a great chance for him to really make a huge impact and prove his worth.
Lionel Messi Quotes
“There is no doubt. It is certain that I will be 100 percent.”
“I don’t need a good hair stylist and a good body, just give me a ball at my feet and I will show you what I can do.”