Lionel Messi whose full name is Lionel Andrés was born on June 24, 1987, in a place called Rosario in Argentina. He started showing his passion for playing football at a tender age in 1995. This is when he joined a team of Newell’s Old Boys youth. It is a football club based in Rosario.
His great skills attracted the attention of well-known clubs in the Atlantic. When he was 13 years, Messi and his family moved to Barcelona and settled there.
There, he started playing for FC Barcelona as the under-14 team. He managed to score 21 goals in 14 games while on the junior team. However, he later graduated to the higher level teams until when he was 16 years when he was given an appearance in public with FC Barcelona during a friendly match.
Lionel Messi football and achievement awards
In the year 2004 when he was 17 years, he became an official player in the Spanish La Liga which was his country’s greatest level in football. In 2005, Lionel got Spanish citizenship. The following year, he and Barcelona won the Champions League, the European club championship title. So, he was improving so fast over those years, and by the year 2008, he was among the dominant players in the world.
He finished second to Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United during the voting for the 2008 FIFA World Player of the Year. In 2009, he helped FC Barcelona get the club’s first treble which was by winning 3 major European club titles in 1 season. These were the La Liga championship, the Champions League title, and the Copa del Rey.
Lionel managed to score 38 goals in 51 matches. In the 2009–10 season, he managed 34 goals in local games. Therefore, he earned himself a Golden shoe. In the year 2012, he got his 233rd goal for Barcelona. This made him become their all-time scorer in La Liga games at the age of 24 years.
Messi helped Barcelona capture another treble during the In 2014-2015 season, leading the team which led to his fifth world player of the year honor. He got 41 goals in all competitions for Barcelona. In 2016–17, he was yet in the team and got another Copa del Rey title. All along, to 2019, he has been earning titles. Despite his dual citizenship and also professional success in Spain, his ties with his homeland Argentine remained strong.
So, he returned to the Argentine team in 2018 during the world cup. There, he was of great help since he enabled them to reach the knockout stage. Here they were overpowered by France. Lionel led the team to victory in a tournament two years later. Here he got a Golden Ball award. Messi also participated in the 2022 World Cup playing for Argentina leading them to a win against France in a very tough match. he also got himself a Golden Ball award.
Wife and children to Lionel Messi
Messi is married to Antonella Roccuzzo who is a model and a trained dietitian. Together, they have three children namely; Thiago Messi who was born on 2nd November 2012, and Mato Messi Ruccuzzo who was born on 11th September 2015. They got their children before they got married on 30th June 2017. They then got a daughter after making their union legal, her name is Ciro Messi Roccuzzo