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About Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi is an Argentine professional soccer player who plays forward for Barcelona and the Argentina national team. He is widely considered one of the greatest soccer players of all time and has won numerous awards, including 6 Ballon d’Or titles.

He was born in Rosario, Argentina in 1987 and started playing soccer with his older brothers and friends. At the age of 13, Messi and his family moved to Spain after he was offered a spot in Barcelona’s youth academy and medical coverage for his growth hormone deficiency. He has been successful in Spain, where his style of play and height (5 feet 7 inches) have been compared to Diego Maradona.

Lionel Messi made his debut for Barcelona at the age of 16 and quickly became a standout player. He has won numerous titles and awards, including the Champions League, La Liga, Spanish Super Cup, FIFA “World Player of the Year”, and Ballon d’Or. He has been compared to fellow Argentine player Diego Maradona and has been praised for his leadership and skill on the field.

In 2012, he broke records for most goals in a calendar year and became Barcelona’s all-time leading scorer. He won the Ballon d’Or for a fourth time in 2013. He has continued to impress and lead Barcelona to more titles.

Lionel Messi faced some challenges with hamstring injuries in 2013, but he quickly regained his form and set records as the all-time leading scorer in La Liga and Champions League play in 2014. He helped Barcelona achieve a second treble in 2015 and was awarded his fifth FIFA Ballon d’Or. In 2019, after another La Liga title, Messi claimed his sixth Ballon d’Or award, establishing a new standard for excellence in the sport.

Despite these setbacks, Messi has continued to play for Argentina, and in 2021 he led them to win the Copa America, their first major international trophy in 28 years. He was awarded the golden boot as the top scorer of the tournament. His determination and relentless effort on the field have earned him widespread respect and admiration, cementing his status as one of the greatest soccer players of all time.

In 2020, Messi led Argentina to the Copa America title, but the team underperformed in the 2022 World Cup and was eliminated in the Round of 16. Despite this, Messi remains one of the most celebrated players in the history of the sport, and his achievements and impact on the game are widely recognized.

As of August 2019, Messi’s all-time highlights for FC Barcelona:

  • Appearances: 687
  • Goals: 603
  • Assists: 251
  • Shot accuracy: 48 percent
  • Chances created: 348

Messi has won FIFA’s Player of the Year six times. He’s also won the European Golden Shoe for top scorer six times.