Lionel Messi

Lionel Andres Messi Cuccittini, popularly known as Lionel Messi is an Argentine professional football player. He currently plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Argentine national team. He captains both teams. He plays in the forward position. Lionel Messi is dubbed as one of the greatest footballers of all time. He spent his entire professional football career with Barcelona. He has won club-record 34 trophies. He has won 10 La Liga titles, 4 UEFA Champions League titles, and 6 Copa del Rey titles with Barcelona.

He also holds the records for most goals in La Liga, most hat-tricks in the UEFA Champions League, and most assists in La Liga and the Copa America. Following the conclusion of the 2018-19 season, he has scored over 695 career goals for club and country. He is the recipient of record-tying five Ballon d’Or awards, and record six European Golden Shoes.


Lionel Messi Second Red Card in his Professional Career

Where was Lionel Messi Born?

Lionel Messi was born on 24 June 1987. His birth name is Lionel Andres Messi Cuccittini. He was born to a father, Jorge Messi, and a mother, Celia Cuccittini. His birthplace is in Rosario in Argentina. He holds Argentine nationality. He has Italian and Spanish ancestry. His father is a steel factory manager, whereas his mother worked in a magnet manufacturing workshop. He has 3 siblings.

He was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency at the age of 10. The family relocated to Barcelona after he signed with the Spanish club Barcelona. The club agreed to pay his medical fees. At Barcelona, he suffered from homesickness after his mother returned to Argentina with his brothers and sister. He stayed in Barcelona with his father. His growth hormone treatment completed at the age of 14.

Club Career Highlights


La Liga: 2004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2017–18, 2018–19

UEFA Champions League: 2005–06, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2014–15

Copa del Rey: 2008–09, 2011–12, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18

Supercopa de España: 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2018

UEFA Super Cup: 2009, 2011, 2015

FIFA Club World Cup: 2009, 2011, 2015

International Career Highlights


Olympic Gold Medal: 2008

FIFA U-20 World Cup: 2005

Individual Honors

FIFA Ballon d’Or/Ballon d’Or: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015

European Golden Shoe: 2009–10, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19

FIFA World Player of the Year: 2009

FIFA World Cup Golden Ball: 2014

Copa América Golden Ball: 2015

UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award: 2011, 2015

UEFA Club Footballer of the Year: 2009

UEFA Club Forward of the Year: 2009

Onze d’Or: 2009, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2017–18

Globe Soccer Awards Best Player of the Year: 2015

La Liga Best Player: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2017–18

La Liga Best Forward: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2015–16

FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball: 2009, 2011

FIFA Club World Cup Silver Ball: 2015

FIFA Club World Cup Final Most Valuable Player: 2009, 2011

FIFA World Youth Championship Golden Ball: 2005

FIFA World Youth Championship Golden Shoe: 2005

Olimpia de Plata (Argentine Footballer of the Year): 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017

Copa América Best Young Player: 2007

FIFPro Young World Player of the Year: 2006, 2007, 2008

Bravo Award: 2007

Golden Boy (Young European Footballer of the Year): 2005

IFFHS World’s Best Playmaker: 2015, 2016, 2017

IFFHS Men’s World Team: 2017, 2018

La Liga Player of the Month: January 2016, April 2017, April 2018, September 2018, March 2019

FIFA FIFPro World XI: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

UEFA Team of the Year: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

UEFA Ultimate Team of the Year

La Liga Team of the Season: 2014–15, 2015–16

UEFA La Liga Team of The Season: 2015–16, 2016–17

FIFA World Cup Dream Team: 2014

Copa América Dream Team: 2007, 2011, 2015, 2016

AFA Team of All Time (published 2015)

UEFA Goal of the Season: 2006–07, 2014–15, 2015–16

World Soccer Greatest XI of All Time (published 2013)

Creu de Sant Jordi: 2019

Career Stats

La Liga top goalscorer: 2009–10, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19

La Liga top assist provider: 2010–11, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2017–18, 2018–19

UEFA Champions League top goalscorer: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2014–15, 2018–19

UEFA Champions League top assist provider: 2011–12, 2014–15

Copa del Rey top assist provider: 2016–17, 2017–18

FIFA Club World Cup top goalscorer: 2011

FIFA World Cup top assist provider: 2018

FIFA World Youth Championship top goalscorer: 2005

Copa América top assist provider: 2011, 2015, 2016

Records: World

Most (FIFA) Ballon d’Or: 5 (2009–12, 2015) (shared with Cristiano Ronaldo)

Guinness World Record as top goalscorer for club and country in a calendar year: 91 goals in 2012

Longest goalscoring run in a domestic league: 21 matches, 33 goals in 2012–13

The only player to win more than one FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball

Most appearances in the FIFPro World XI: 12 times (2007–2018) (shared with Cristiano Ronaldo)

Records: Continental

Most European Golden Shoes: 6

Top goalscorer in all club competitions in a calendar year: 79 goals in 2012

Top goalscorer in a club season: 73 goals in 2011–12

Most goals scored in a European Cup/Champions League game: 5 goals (shared with 13 other players)

Most goals scored in the UEFA Champions League group stages: 65

Most hat-tricks scored in the UEFA Champions League: 8 (shared with Cristiano Ronaldo)

Youngest player to make 100 appearances in the UEFA Champions League: 28 years, 84 days in 2015

Top goalscorer in the UEFA Super Cup: 3 goals (shared with Arie Haan, Oleg Blokhin, Gerd Müller, Rob Rensenbrink, François Van der Elst, Terry McDermott, and Radamel Falcao)[

Top assist provider in the Copa América: 11 assists

Most goals scored in CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers: 21 goals (shared with Luis Suárez)

Records: Spain

Most Best Player in La Liga awards: 6 (2009–13, 2015)

Most Best Forward in La Liga awards: 7 (2009–13, 2015, 2016)

Top goalscorer in La Liga: 419 goals

Top assist provider in La Liga: 166 assists

Most Pichichi Trophies: 6 (shared with Telmo Zarra)

Top goalscorer in the Supercopa de España: 13 goals

Top goalscorer in a La Liga season: 50 goals in 2011–12

Most hat-tricks scored in a La Liga season: 8 in 2011–12 (shared with Cristiano Ronaldo)

The first player to reach 300 La Liga goals; only player to reach 350 and 400 La Liga goals.

Most opposition teams scored against in La Liga history: 36

Records: Argentina

Argentina all-time top goalscorer: 67 goals

Top goalscorer for Argentina in a calendar year: 12 goals in 2012 (shared with Gabriel Batistuta)

Only Argentine player to score against every CONMEBOL nation

Youngest player to play for Argentina in a FIFA World Cup: 18 years, 357 days in 2006

Youngest player to score for Argentina in a FIFA World Cup: 18 years, 357 days in 2006

Youngest player to reach 100 caps for a country under CONMEBOL’s jurisdiction: 27 years, 361 days in 2015

Most Footballer of the Year of Argentina awards: 11 (2005, 2007–13, 2015–17)

Records: Barcelona

Top goalscorer in the UEFA Champions League: 108 goals

Top goalscorer in European competitions: 111 goals

Top goalscorer in international competitions: 116 goals

Top goalscorer in official competitions: 602 goals

Top goalscorer including friendlies: 637 goals

Most hat-tricks scored in all competitions: 41

Most goals from free-kicks: 39

Most goals scored from penalty kicks in La Liga: 51

Top goalscorer in El Clásico: 26 goals

Top goalscorer in the Athletic–Barcelona clásico: 24 goals

Top goalscorer in the Derbi barceloní: 25 goals

Lionel Messi’s Net Worth

The famous footballer’s net worth is estimated at $280 million. He earns $128,000 per day only on his brand endorsements, not to mention his football salaries.

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