Lionel Messi is known as the best football player in the world today and one of the greatest players of all-time in the history of football. He is an Argentinian player who plays as a center forward and captains both the Barcelona FC and Argentina National team and is also the all-time leading goal scorer of Argentina. He has won many awards in his career and still continues his run on the fields of football. Among these awards, France has presented him with their highest football award Ballon d’Or for six times and has won the European golden shoe award six times. The current Lionel Messi net worth is $400 Million. Let us know more in detail about this great football player Lionel Messi.
Lionel Messi Biography
Lionel Messi Early Life
Messi was born on 24 June 1987 at Rosario and his full name is Lionel Andres’ Messi. He was born in a close-knit football-loving family to Jorge Messi and Celia Cuccittini. He developed a love for the sport from a very early age when he played football with his elder brothers. His father was his first coach and started playing professional football at a young age of 4 years. He was extremely attached to his maternal grandmother who accompanied him to his training sessions and matches. He always devotes his goals to his grandmother in heaven.
Lionel Messi Club Career
He joined the local club Grandoli at the age of 4. Messi was a great fan of Newell’s old boys and joined the Rozario club to play for his favorite team at 8 years of age in 1995 and played for 5 years until 2000 and scored about 500 goals. At 13 years of age, he crossed the ocean and went to try his luck at Barcelona FC. His family had some relatives over there. After the trials in September 2000, the Barcelona First team director immediately wanted to sign him but the board of directors was hesitant to enroll a very young age foreign player into their team. But, Messi finally signed a contract with them and the family moved to Barcelona in February 2001.
His commitment to football was very high and he made tremendous progress in an unbelievable short period of time. He made his first-team debut on 16th November 2003 against Jose’ Mourinho’s Porto in a friendly match. At that time he was just 16 years old. This friendly match was for the opening of Do Drago stadium. Ronaldinho, the then star player of Barcelona FC made a statement that Messi will become a big name in the field of football and the statement has turned out to be true. In order to gain further experience and training, he also joined the Barcelona C team along with Juvenile A team. In his first game for the Barcelona C team, he scored for five goals including a hattrick.
His first professional contract was signed in February 2004 and the contract was of 8 years. He then represented the Barcelona B team and played for them in 5 matches. At the end of the season, he scored a total of 36 goals for his different teams. Due to his Growth hormone deficiency problem, he had a tiny physique as compared to his contemporaries and messy started a rigid physical training regime in order to become stronger. Impressed by his skills in football, the senior team players requested to promote him to the senior team and on 16th October 2004 he made his first debut for the senior team in Barcelona Derby against Espanyol but, they lost the match by 0-1.
In 2005 he signed his official contract with Barcelona senior team worth € 150 million. He started with an amazing performance in the Juan Gamper trophy against Juventus which received a standing ovation from Camp Nou. Looking at his performance Inter-Milan made a bid to buy him and Barcelona faced a risk of losing him to Milan but, Lionel Messi decided to stay. He also played an impressive game at Santiago Bernabeu which led to Barcelona’s win by 3-0 and in Champions league in his first match against arch-rivals Real Madrid and in the away match against Chelsea. He scored a total of 8 goals in 25 matches. But, later on, he was out of the rest of the tournament because of injury. In 2006-2007 Barcelona FC performance was consistently poor because of Messi suffering back to back injuries.
But, in 2007 he became the first player to score a hattrick in el Clasico match against arch-rivals Real Madrid. Messi is compared to Maradona as he replicated many of the goals made by Maradona earlier. In 2007 Ronaldinho slowly started remaining out of form which made Messi the only star player of the Barcelona FC team. In the 2007-2008 season, he scored 16 goals. But, once again the latter half of the year he was left out of the game due to injuries. In the same season, he returned back in their away game against Celtic FC and scored twice. He became the top scorer in the 2007-2008 Champions League with six goals.
In the year 2008 Ronaldinho retired and a new contract with Messi was signed making him the highest-paid player of the team. Due to his persistent injuries, he was also given a personal physiotherapist who will be traveling with him every time he played. He played really well in the 2009 season and scored to win the Copa del Rei. Three days later, they became the La Liga champions and finally won the Champions League that year and became the first country to achieve treble in Spanish history. During this season he scored 38 goals in 51 games. A new contract was signed with him till 2016 worth €250 million and his pay package was also increased. In the same year with the help of Messi’s goals, they also won the UEFA Super Cup, Supercopa de Espana, and finally, the FIFA World Cup 2009 making Barcelona FC the first club to win six tournaments in a year.
In 2010 he scored a total of 47 goals in all of the tournaments during that year and became the top scorer of the tournament in Champions League with 8 goals. He helped the Barcelona team win the Supercopa De Espana tournament. In 2011 a beautiful scorcher from Messi put his team at the forefront in the Champions League final and won the tournament at Wembley.
During the 2011-2012 season, he scored a total of 73 goals and provided 29 assists. In this season the Barcelona team won the three major tournaments the UEFA Cup, the Supercopa de Espana, and the FIFA World Cup with the help of Lionel Messi’s goals. In 2012 Messi broke Cezar Rodrigues 232 goals record and became the top goalscorer in Barcelona History and also broke Gerd Muller’s record of the 85 record number of goals in the calendar year by scoring 91 goals.
In the year 2013, Messi’s injuries re-occurred keeping him out of almost all the tournaments in the 2013-2014 season. The Barcelona team had become so much dependent on Messi’s performance that the team’s performance also depleted in that season. But, they managed to win the La Liga title in earlier 2013. But, Messi was still able to break world records. He broke the record of 369 goals by Paulino Alcantara to become the top goal scorer of Barcelona FC in all the matches including the friendlies and he also became the all-time top goal scorer in El-Clasico.
In the 2014-2015 season, with the help of Messi’s 56 goals, Barcelona again was able to earn their second hard-earned and most important treble. This is considered the most important because the team saw victory after five long years of defeat. In the 2015-2016 season, Messi helped his team win the 2015 FIFA world cup as Barcelona defeated River-Plate by 3-0. In 2016 with the help of Messi’s 41 goals, they won the Copa Del Rei title and the Supercopa De Espana championship and with this, the team won the domestic double. In 2016 Champions League Messi scored a hattrick, which was his sixth in the Champions League and became the first player to score the most number of hat tricks in the league. Messi finished the year 2016 with 51 goals making him Europe’s top goalscorer.
With the help of Messi’s goal on 14th January 2017, Barcelona beat Raol’s record of most number of goals scored by a team in the La Liga championship. On 23rd April 2017, he scored his 500th goal for Barcelona FC. On 12th September 2017, Messi helped Barcelona gain a 3-0 victory over Juventus in the 2017 UEFA Champions League. On 18th October 2017, he also scored his 100th goal in all the UEFA club championships and finished it in 21 lesser appearances then Christiano Ronaldo and made his 100th goal in UEFA Champions League on 14th March 2018 in an away win over Chelsea.
Messi became the captain of the Barcelona team in 2018. After he became the captain he continued to break various other records of football and made his team win many other championships. This was the Lionel Messi club career.
Lionel Messi International Career
Being the dual citizen of Spain as well as Argentina, Messi was allowed to play from both the countries. Both the nations battled to take Messi on their side, but, Messi decided to stay with Argentina. Argentina declared an under 20 friendly match against Paraguay and Uruguay in order to put an end to this dispute in the year 2004. His debut match was on 29th June 2004 against Paraguay where he scored one goal and assisted in another two and helped the team to victory by 8-0. Argentina included him in their squad for the South American Youth Championship and he scored an important goal in the match against Brazil, which helped the team get the third position in the FIFA world youth Championship and helped the Argentina team win it by defeating Nigeria by 2-1 and became the top goal scorer of the tournament.
His first senior team debut was a friendly match with Hungary on 17 August 2005, but he was sent back due to a perceived foul by the referee. According to him his world qualifier match against Paraguay was his re-debut match on 2nd September but the Argentina team was defeated over here. Messi played really well in the 2006 FIFA world cup, but he was left on the bench for quarter-finals and this decision proved to be wrong because the Argentina team was eliminated. In 2007 he was part of the Alfo Basile’s team representing Argentina in the Copa America Championship. In this championship they went till the finals but, were defeated in the finals by Brazil.
Before the 2008 Summer Olympics Barcelona FC barred Messi from playing for Argentina as the Olympics coincided with their Champions League qualifying matches. But, after the intervention from Barcelona manager, he was able to join Argentina’s U-23 squad in Beijing. In the Olympics finals, Argentina defeated Nigeria by 1-0. Messi helped with the goal that was scored. From 2008-2011 despite Messi making many personal records, the team’s performance was consistently poor. At that time the coach of the Argentina team was Diego Maradona, but, after the team’s poor performance he was replaced by Sergio Batista. Messi scored 53 goals for his club in 2010-2011, but, was not able to play with the Argentina team and hence was blamed that he thinks about his club career only. In the 2011 Copa America Championship also Argentina was ruled out in the quarter-finals.
In 2014 the manager of the team was changed and Batista was replaced by Sabella. Sabella had a great tuning with Messi and he did everything to help Messi gain back his form. With this Messi’s goal rate increased and he was able to help the Argentina National team reach the 2014 World Cup. His rapport with other team members also improved. In the 2014 World Cup, Messi was the captain of the team and led his team to the finals of the World Cup, where they were defeated by Germany by 1-0. In the 2015 Copa America Championship, they were the top contenders as they got 2nd place in the World Cup championship. The team went to the finals but was defeated by Chile by 4-1.
In early 2016, Messi suffered a back injury, as a result, his involvement in the Copa America squad was jeopardized. But, later on, he recovered and in the quarter-final gave the man of the match performance against Venezuela. But, again Argentina lost in the finals against Chile. After this Lionel Messi announced his retirement from international football. The Argentina Public and the government urged him to re-think his decision. And he reversed his decision and decided to play in the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers.
During the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers, he was banned from four international matches for insulting an assistant referee and he was fined CHF 10,000. His ban was uplifted after Argentina pleaded the FIFA management to intervene. Messi with his tremendous performance helped his team gain entry into the 2018 World Cup. But, despite Messi’s tremendous efforts, Argentina was eliminated from the 2018 World Cup. After this Messi stated that he will not be representing his country in any other matches for the calendar year.
In 2019 he was called for a friendly match against Venezuela. In May 2019, he was in the Argentina squad for the 2019 Copa America Championship. But, the team lost to Brazil in the semi-finals. Messi had a tough altercation with the Chile player and the referee and a three months ban was imposed on him with a fine of $15,000. Hence, he missed the friendly matches against Chile, Mexico, and Germany. And he was also ruled out of Argentina’s World Cup Qualifiers.
Lionel Messi Stats
The stats represented below are the total number of apps and goals in league matches, Copa del Rey, Champions League, and other tournaments or friendlies.
Messi didn’t play in the Copa del Rey, and Champions League when he played for Barcelona C and Barcelona B. So the numbers stated for those teams are of only league matches.
Messi Club Stats
|Barcelona C||2003–04||Tercera División||10||5|
|Barcelona B||2003–04||Segunda División B||5||0|
|Barcelona B||2004–05||Segunda División B||17||6|
Messi International Stats
Lionel Messi Honors & Achievements
Lionel Messi Barcelona Achievements
- La Liga (10): 2004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2017–18, 2018–19
- Copa del Rey (6): 2008–09, 2011–12, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18
- Supercopa de Espana (8): 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2018
- UEFA Champions League (4): 2005–06, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2014–15
- UEFA Super Cup (3): 2009, 2011, 2015
- FIFA Club World Cup (3): 2009, 2011, 2015
Lionel Messi Argentina U20 and U23 Achivement
- FIFA U-20 World Cup: 2005
- Summer Olympics: 2008
Messi Individual Awards
- FIFA Ballon d’Or: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019
- FIFA World Cup Golden Ball: 2014
- FIFA World Player of the Year: 2009
- The Best FIFA Men’s Player: 2019
- European Golden Shoe: 2009–10, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19
- 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, 2019
- La Liga Best Player: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2017–18, 2018–19
- La Liga Best Forward: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2015–16
- Pichichi Trophy: 2009–10, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19
- FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball: 2009, 201
- 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
- IFFHS World’s Best Playmaker: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019
- 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
- Golden Boy (Young European Footballer of the Year): 2005
- FIFA FIFPro World11: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
- 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
- FIFA World Cup Dream Team: 2014
- Copa América Dream Team: 2007, 2011, 2015, 2016
- Argentine Football Assn. Team of All Time (published 2015)
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