Lionel Messi is a world-famous Argentine football star. Lionel Messi is the captain of the Argentina national team as well as the forward for Paris Saint-Germain.
Table of Biography
Lionel Messi was born on 24 June 1987 and he is currently 34 years old. He is originally from Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina, and his zodiac sign is Cancer. Likewise, his full name is Lionel Andrés Messi and is also famous as Leo Messi. Talking about his family, his father is Jorge Messi and his mother is Celia Cuccittini. He has three siblings Matias, Rodrigo, and Maria Sol. Among the four siblings, Messi is the third child.
On his father’s side, Messi is of Italian and Spanish descent. His great-grandparents are immigrants from the northcentral Adriatic Marche region of Italy and Catalonia. Furthermore, on his mother’s side, Messi has primarily Italian ancestry.
From a young age, he played football with his brothers – Matias and Rodrigo – as well as his cousins – Maximiliano and Emanuel Biancucchi. Both of his cousins are also professional footballers. At age four, Messi joined the local club Grandoli. There, his father coached this footballer.
Career and Professional Life
Professionally, Lionel Messi is a football player. As such, Messi plays as a forward for Paris Saint-Germain, the Ligue 1 club. This prominent football player is also captain of the Argentina national team. People often consider Messi the best player in the world. Moreover, this footballer is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. As such, this footballer has received a record of seven Ballon d’Or awards, a record of six European Golden Shoes, as well as was named to the Ballon d’Or Dream Team in the year 2020.
Furthermore, Messi left the football club Barcelona in the year 2021. Prior to this, this footballer spent his entire professional career in this club. With the club, Messi won a club-record 35 trophies. This includes 10 La Liga titles, 7 Copa del Rey titles, and 4 UEFA Champions Leagues.
Moreover, Messi is a prolific goalscorer as well as a creative playmaker. As such, this footballer holds the records for most goals in La Liga, a La Liga, and the European league season. Also, this footballer holds the record for most hat-tricks in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League.
Additionally, this football player holds the record for most assists in La Liga. a La Liga season, and the Copa América. This prolific footballer has the record for most international goals by a South American male and has scored over 750 senior career goals for club and country. Furthermore, Messi holds the record for the most goals by a player for a single club.
This player moved to Spain so that he could join the football club Barcelona at the young age of 13 years. For this club, Messi made his competitive debut at the age of 17. This was back in October 2004. Within the next 3 years, Messi established himself as an integral player for this club. In his 1st uninterrupted season in 2008–09, Messi helped Barcelona achieve the 1st treble in Spanish football. He was only 22 years old back then and he also won his 1st Ballon d’Or the same year.
Within 3 successful seasons, this player won four consecutive Ballon d’Or. This made Messi the 1st player to win the award four times in a row. During the 2011–2012 season, this prolific player set the La Liga and European records for most goals scored in a single season. This player also established himself as Barcelona’s all-time top scorer.
Likewise, this player finished 2nd for the Ballon d’Or behind Cristiano Ronaldo for the next 2 seasons. Messi then regained his best form during the 2014–15 campaign. As such, this player became the all-time top scorer in La Liga. He also led Barcelona to a historic 2nd treble. Following this, Messi was awarded a fifth Ballon d’Or in the year 2015. This player became the captain of Barcelona in the year 2018. Then the next year, Messi won a record 6th Ballon d’Or.
Talking about his international career with Argentina, this footballer is both the country’s highest appearance-maker as well as the all-time leading goalscorer. At the youth level, this prominent football player won the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship. As such, this player finished the tournament with both the Golden Ball as well as the Golden Shoe. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Messi also won the Olympic gold medal.
Following his senior debut in August 2005, this footballer became the youngest Argentine to play and score in a FIFA World Cup. This was back in the year 2006. Then in 2007, he reached the final of Copa América. There, he was named the young player of the tournament. As the captain from August 2011, Messi led Argentina to three consecutive finals. They were in the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2015 and 2016 Copa América. In 2014, this footballer won the Golden Ball and also another Golden Ball in 2015.
Moreover, Messi announced his international retirement in the year 2016. However, the player reversed his decision and led Argentina to qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Likewise, he also led his country to finish at the 2019 Copa América as well as win the 2021 Copa América. Additionally, Messi won the Golden Ball and Golden Boot awards for the 2021 Copa America. This achievement received Messi a record 7th Ballon d’Or in the same year.
Lionel Messi is a happily married and family man. He married his long-time lover Antonela Roccuzzo on 30 June 2017. He has known his lover since he was only 5 years old. The lovers then dated each other since 2008. His lover is actually the cousin of his childhood best friend – Lucas Scaglia.
Messi confirmed their romantic relationship to the public only after keeping it private for a year. The footballer shared this information in January 2009 via interview. The lovers then went public a month after this interview. It was during a carnival in Sitges after the Barcelona–Espanyol derby. Together, this couple has three sons namely Thiago, Mateo, and Ciro. The family welcomed Thiago in 2012, Mateo in 2015, and Ciro in 2018.
Lionel Messi stands tall at an approximate height of 5 feet 6 inches or 170 cm. Likewise, this footballer has a bodyweight of 67 kgs or 148 pounds. Similarly, this prominent footballer wears shoe size 10 (US) and his chest-waist-biceps size of 40-32-12 inches respectively. Further, Messi has brown eyes and hair of the same color.
Social Media and Net Worth
Talking about his social media presence, Lionel Messi is available on Instagram under the username @leomessi. As of April 2022, this account has more than 321 million followers. Similarly, this footballer has 105 million followers on his Facebook page.
Moving on, he created his “Leo Messi” YouTube page on 3 January 2006. While writing this biography, this channel has earned more than 50.3 million views and 1.31 million subscribers. Talking about earnings, Messi has a net worth of around $600 million US dollars as of April 2022.