Lionel Messi Biography

Lionel Messi is an Argentinian footballer who is regarded as one of the greatest players of the modern generation. He plays for FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team. He has won FIFA World Player of the Year four times (already a record). He has been described as the successor to Diego Maradona due to his prolific goalscoring record and ability to dribble past opponents.

“I have seen a player who will inherit my position in Argentine football and his name is Messi. Messi is a genius and he can become an even better player.

His potential is limitless, and I think he has everything to be a great player for Argentina.”

– Diego Maradona

Short biography of Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi was born on June 24, 1987 in Rosario, Argentina to a working-class family. His father was a steel worker in a factory and his mother was a cleaner.

He started playing at an early age and his talent soon became apparent. However, Messi was diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency (GHD) at the age of 11. It was a condition that stunted growth and required expensive medical treatment, including the use of the drug Human Growth Hormone.

His local club, River Plate, were interested in signing Messi but did not want to pay for his medical treatment. However, Messi had a trial with Barcelona and coach Carles Rex was impressed – offering Messi a contract (written on a paper napkin!) that included paying for Messi’s treatment in Spain. Messi moved to Barcelona with his father and became part of the prestigious FC Barcelona youth academy.

“I sacrificed a lot by leaving Argentina, leaving my family to start a new life. But whatever I did, I did it for football, to make my dream come true. That’s why I don’t go partying or do much else.”

– Lionel Messi

Messi progressed through the ranks and became the youngest player to score a league goal in the 2004/05 season. In 2006, Messi was part of a double-winning team that won both La Liga (the Spanish league) and the Champions League. The following season, (2006–07) aged just 20, Messi was the first-choice striker and an essential part of the Barcelona team – scoring 14 goals in 26 league appearances.

In the 2009–10 season, Messi scored 47 goals in all competitions, equaling Ronaldo’s record for Barcelona. As the season progressed, Messi continued to improve and break his own records. In the 2012 calendar year, he broke the all-time world record for most goals scored in a calendar year. His final total of goals in 2012 was 91 – the previous record of 85 by German Gerd Müller and the milestone of 75 by Pele in 1958.

“My record stood for 40 years – 85 goals in one year – and now the best player in the world has broken it and I’m very happy for him. He’s an incredible player, huge.”

– Gerd Muller

As of early 2013, in club football, Messi has scored 292 goals in a total of 359 appearances, and in international football, has scored 31 goals in 76 appearances.

At the end of 2012, Messi turned down a very attractive offer to play for an unknown Russian team. This would have paid Messi €20 million a year and made Messi the most expensive player in the world (Barcelona would have received €250 million). He turned down the offer because he wasn’t sure if he would play in a major European championship and the difficulties involved in traveling to Russia. Instead, he signed a contract with Barcelona until the end of 2018. When asked about a move to the English Premier League, Messi revealed his commitment to Barcelona.

” Barcelona is my life. They have brought me to where I am today. I can’t leave, I don’t want to leave. I know the Premier League is very good. But I can’t see myself playing in England because my mind is always with Barcelona.

– Lionel Messi

International career

Because Messi grew up in Spain, he has had Spanish nationality since he was 11 years old. In 2004, he was offered to play for Spain’s under-20 team, but Messi decided to play for Argentina, the country he was born in. He led Argentina to victory in the 2005 FIFA Youth Championship. Messi made his full international debut in August 2005 during a friendly match against Hungary. Messi was sent off in his first game for elbowing a player. The decision was controversial and not in keeping with Messi’s style of play which was generally in the spirit of clean and fair play; He has rarely been accused of diving.

In 2006, he participated in the World Cup, becoming Argentina’s youngest player to play in the World Cup. Argentina were eliminated in the quarterfinals. In 2008, he won the Olympic gold medal in football for Argentina at the Beijing Olympics. Initially, Barcelona did not allow him to play, but new coach Pep Guardiola gave him a break.

At the 2010 World Cup, Messi wore the number 10 shirt and played well to help Argentina reach the quarter-finals, but Messi struggled to score and Argentina suffered a disappointing 4–0 defeat to Germany in the quarter-finals. Messi has admitted that he is looking forward to playing in the World Cup final. For Messi, success at the World Cup would be the ultimate test of greatness. Pelé, on the other hand, was part of Brazil’s three World Cup winning teams in ’58, ’62 and ’70.

Messi is regarded as one of the most exciting players of the modern era – in fact, of any age. He has an incredible ability to dribble and take on opponents. Maradona has described his ball control as extremely good. “The  ball sticks to his feet; I’ve seen great players in my career, but I’ve never seen Messi’s control of the ball.” Messi has said he wants to keep enjoying how a child plays football

“I haven’t changed anything, my playing style is still like a kid. I know that above all it is my job and I should approach it in a different way, but let’s not lose sight of the fact that football is a game. Play is essential for entertainment, for happiness. That’s what kids do and that’s what I do.” (Total Barca)

Lionel Messi

After winning the Ballon d’Or for the fourth time in January 2013, Messi said:

“To tell you the truth, it’s really unbelievable. The fourth award I received is too big for words. ( BBC )

Messi and Ronaldo

Messi has often been compared to Real Madrid goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo, but both are keen to undercut the rival.

“Messi has his personality and I have mine. He has his game and I have it. I also play in a big club like him. We are different in every way. But right now he is the best.”

Messi’s goal scoring record

By any standard, Messi’s goalscoring record is exceptional. As of June 2019, he has scored 419 goals in 445 official appearances for Barcelona FC.

  • In 2012/13, Messi set the all-time world record for goals scored in 21 consecutive games (33 goals from 21 games).
  • He holds the Guinness World Record for most goals scored in a calendar year – 91 goals in 2012.
  • He is the only player to score in four consecutive Champions League campaigns.
  • His international record for Argentina is 68 goals in 133 appearances.

Messi major honor


  • Spanish La Liga titles  (*10)  : 2004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2015–16
  • Spanish Cup  (*6)  – Copa del Rey
  • Supercopa de Espaa  (*6)
  • UEFA Champions League (  *4  ): 2005–06, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2014–15
  • UEFA Super Cup (  *3  )
  • FIFA Club World Cup (  3  )


  • Olympic Gold Medal: 2008
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup: 2005
  • 2006 World Cup – QF
  • 2010 World Cup – QF
  • 2014 World Cup – Runners-up.
  • 2018 World Cup

wealth and income

Messi has frequently been the target of other football clubs with large transfer budgets, but remains loyal to Barcelona FC. He is one of the highest paid footballers in the world. His basic salary is €40 million per year. Its combined income in 2018 from all sources was  €126m. This made him the highest paid sports star – according to Forbes. As of 2018, his weekly salary from Barcelona is $667,000 per week.

Private life

By modern football standards, Messi’s lifestyle is relatively private and modest. He tries to bond with Rosario in his hometown. He has an Argentinian girlfriend, Antonella Rocuzzo, and they have two children. Their first child Thiago was born in November 2012.

Messi serves as an ambassador for UNICEF, and also runs his own charity foundation – supporting education and access to sport for children. Due to his own expensive medical treatment, he has helped Argentine hospitals by paying for his own treatment.

world cup 2014

Many commentators have said that Lionel Messi has performed best in all competitions except the World Cup. In both the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, Argentina were knocked out in the quarter-finals, with Messi not at his best.

The 2014 World Cup in Brazil is Messi’s chance to make an impact on the highest stage of them all. In the opening match against Bosnia-Herzegovina, Messi scored a superb goal to give Argentina a winning start. He scored four goals to help Argentina reach the World Cup final. Argentina lost 1-0 to Germany in the final. Although this decision was not universally supported, Messi was awarded the Golden Ball as the best player in the competition. After the match, Messi replied:

“I don’t care about the Golden Ball. I am upset about the missed opportunities. We had the best chance. We knew we couldn’t dominate the game but we knew what we had to do. Right now I don’t care about my award. I just wanted to lift the cup and bring it to Argentina. The pain is great. “

In June 2016, a deeply disappointed Messi announced his retirement from international football after missing a penalty as Argentina exited the Copa America final. However, Messi later reversed his decision, saying that he enjoyed playing for Argentina and “I see that there are many problems in Argentine football and I have no intention of creating another one.”

However, Messi made a comeback to international football and led Argentina to the 2018 World Cup. Although carrying the weight of a nation’s expectations, the World Cup was considered a major disappointment. However, the 2018/19 season saw Messi return to his usual brilliant form with Barcelona.

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