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Lionel Messi Biography

Lionel Messi
  • Age: 30 years old
  • Birth Nation: Argentina
  • Height: 5 feet 5 inch
  • Birth Sign: Gemini
  • Name: Lionel Messi
  • Birth Name: Lionel Andrés Messi
  • Father: Jorge Horacio Messi
  • Mother: Celia Maria Cuccittini
  • Nationality: Argentinian
  • Birth Place/City: Rosario
  • Ethnicity: White Ethnicity
  • Profession: Footballer
  • Working For: FC Barcelona
  • Salary: 20 million EUR
  • Weight in KG: 67 kg
  • Famous for: Football player
  • Married: Yes
  • Married to: Antonella Roccuzzo
  • Children: Thiago Messi
  • Awards: Not yet
  • Online Presence: Facebook,Twitter,Wikipedia
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Synopsis

Lionel Messi is a professional football player. He plays as a forward for the Spanish club named FC Barcelona and Argentina national team. He is one of the high paid soccer players with an annual base salary of $44.68 million.

Early Life 

Messi was born on June 24, 1987, in Rosario, Argentina. He is the son born to Jorge Horácio Messi and Celia Maria Cuccittini. He has three siblings, two older brothers Rodrigo Messi and Matias Messi and a younger sister, Maria Sol Messi.

Messi is an Argentine by nationality belonging to the mixed ethnicity. He is of Italian and Spanish descent from his father side and has an Italian ancestry from his mother side. His grandparents were the immigrants from Marche and Catalonia.

Messi's father was a steel factory manager whereas his mother was a worker in a magnet manufacturing workshop. He grew up in a football-loving family, which developed his passion towards the sports from an early age.

Career

Messi started to play football from the local club Grandoli which was coached by his father Jorge at the age of five. He started his youth career joining at Newell’s Old Boys. Whilst being in the club, at the age of 11, he suffered from Growth Hormone Deficiency.

Barcelona at the time showed their interest to help this young talent on his treatment on the condition that he should move to Spain and play for the team (Barcelona). Accepting the condition, signing the contract in the napkin paper, Messi family moved to Barcelona and Messi enrolled in the Club’s youth Academy in 2000.

Barcelona Career

Messi played in Barcelona’s junior teams from 2000-2003 in the start of his youth career. Because of the financial constraints, he was nearly released from the club in 2003 but his youth coach convinced the management to keep him in the club.

In 2003, he made his professional debut from Barcelona C being a third youngest player ever to play for Barcelona and youngest club player to play in La Liga. He appeared in 10 matches with 5 goals from the team. In 2004, he was promoted to the division B of Barcelona.

Messi spent a season of 2004/2005 in this club appearing in 22 matches with 6 goal scores. He was teamed with the first team of Barcelona though he was not in the first choice of the team.

With every season at Barcelona, he proved his talents and became the first choice of the team and one of the key players in the match. He became one of the undisputed football players. Barcelona now does not want to lose this talent.

His contract has been extended until 2014. Having spent such a long year at Spain and been a Spanish Club talent, he has obtained the Spanish Citizenship and has the Argentine Citizenship.

He was offered to play for the national football team of Spain but he declined as he wishes to play from Argentine National Football Team, which is where he actually belongs.

Messi played from the under 20 National Team of Argentina in the year 2004/2005 appearing in 18 matches with 14 goals. He also has the experience of playing in Argentina under 23 National Football Team in the year 2007/2008.

Messi became one of the choices in the first team of Argentina National Football Team since 2005. He has appeared in the 83 cap matches from this team with 37 goal scores. Messi currently plays for the FC Barcelona team and Argentina National Football Team as a Forward wearing jersey No.10.

Personal Life

Messi, age 30, is one of the richest footballers in the world. He is one of the high paid soccer players with an annual base salary of $44.68 million. He is one of the most marketable players of the present time.

Messi has been in a relationship with Antonella Roccuzzo since 2008. Roccuzzo who is also a fellow native of Rosario knew Messi since he was five years old. He kept his relationship status secret for a year.

Messi confirmed their romantic relationship in an interview on January 2009. The couple tied their knot on June 30, 2017, at Hotel City Centre, Rosario. The couple has two sons named Thiago Messi (2012) and Mateo Messi (2015).

Messi had been linked romantically with Argentine models such as Macarena Lemos and Lucian Salazar.

Messi has played with professional footballers such as Neymar, Luis SuárezAndrés Iniesta, and Marc-André ter Stegen.

Brand Endorsements

Messi is the global brand Ambassador of Turkish Airlines. He also appeared in the advertisement of WeChat application of China, and Gillette commercial. He has been featured on the front covers of video games, magazines, adverts of Adidas. 

Social Works

Messi is in the media coverage through various adverts and his fabulous playing styles. Besides, he is also a social worker. He has established Leo Messi Foundation to support in education and health care of vulnerable children.

Messi was announced as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF in 2010. He had donated 600,000 Euros to his hometown children’s hospital in Rosario Argentina for its refurbishment.

Net Worth and Salary

Lionel Messi is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in today’s generation. He is compared to Diego Maradona in Argentina due to the similar stature and playing style. He has short height but has excellent dribbling skills and control capability.

Messi stands a good height of 1.7 meters. His favorite brand is Addidas. He has an annual base salary of $44.68 million. His current market value is $153.1 million dollars. This professional footballer has an incredible net worth of $80 million.

Other Facts

When he runs to forth with the ball, it seems lethal and almost is impossible to tackle. He is balanced even when he runs which is extra ordinary. He is with great killer instinct in the game. His shots and heads are much appreciated.

His performance is very worthy to watch. Messi is often found searching for the way to finish the move by himself without taking the aid of fellow team mates to shoot a goal. However, this style of his has awarded him with the lists of individual and club awards, titles, and cups. 

  • Last modified : 09 August, 2017
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