Lionel Messi was born not so long ago, in 1987 in Rosario, Argentina, but he is seen by many as a naturalized Spanish since he has played most of his life on the Iberian Peninsula and his grandfather was originally Spaniard.
|Full Name:||Lionel Messi|
|Age:||32 years 0 months|
|Birth Date:||June 24, 1987|
|Birth Place:||Rosario, Argentina|
|Father’s Name:||Jorge Messi|
|Mother’s Name:||Celia María Cuccittini|
|Height:||5 feet 7 inches (1.70m)|
|Net Worth:||$ 340 million|
Biography (Childhood, Early Life & Family)
Leo Messi’s family was middle-class family, his father worked as a manager in a steel factory, and his mother worked in a magnet manufacturing shop. He has two older brothers, who introduced him to the world of football when he made the first “football steps”. His father began to train him already at the age of 4, in the amateur club Grandola.
Lionel Messi Personal Life
Leo is married to his childhood friend, Antonella Roccuzzo, and he has two sons with her: Thiago and Mateo. He is very tied to the family, especially to his mother Celia and he uses every free moment to be with them. Leo Messi is also known as a great philanthropist, one of the prominent UNICEF ambassadors, but he also helps his hometown of Rosario through the various social program.
Yet, his name is linked with the tax evasion scandal from 2013. According to the media, his father evaded around $ 4.5 million of tax revenues from Messi’s image rights. The process is still going on, although Messi paid a fine of $ 5 million and he was officially released from prosecution in Spain. However, his father Jorge is not released and he faces a sentence of 1.5 years in prison.
Lionel Messi Career – Footballer
Messi began his career in 1995 in the club Newell’s Old Boys, where he played until 2000. He showed a great potential, so he went for trial with River Plate. River Plate’s doctors diagnosed him with a rare disease during the checkup – poor and delayed physical development, due to problems with growth hormone, and therefore refused to hire him. Treatment for a growth hormone deficiency has cost around 500 pounds per month, so the poor Messi family had no money to pay for it. Barcelona has offered to bear the costs of treatment under condition to sign him for the club and start a new life in Spain. The whole family moved to Europe where Messi began playing for the young Barca team, at the age of 14.
Leo prospered very quickly and at 16 years only he made his debut for the first team in a friendly match against Porto, on 16 November 2003. He made his first official match debut for Barcelona on 16 October 2004, becoming the third youngest player to ever play for the first team of Barcelona and youngest player who played in La Liga. Messi scored his first goal when he was 17 years, 10 months and seven days old, which made him the youngest scorer for Barcelona. In the following years he became the first star of Barcelona, but also of the national team of Argentina. His great games drew the attention of the global football public, but also of the legendary players who have declared that he was not only the best soccer player in the world but the best of all time.
Season 2005/06 has only confirmed it. Barcelona has renewed his contract at the end of the year and he got the opportunity to play in the Champions League. Messi stood out in dribbling and technique, and the powerful machinery that was behind him, led by Ronaldinho, helped him a great deal to express his enormous qualities and potentials. He was named one of the best young players in Europe that year. Because of the injury he suffered during one match, his participation in the World Cup in Germany was threatened, but he still managed to take part, although he failed to shine because of injuries.
In the following season, 2006/07, due to injuries of the then star of Barcelona’s Samuel Eto’o, Messi has managed to consolidate his position in the team. He was able to play a full game, for which he was showing gratefulness with goals and assists. Since the beginning of the calendar year, it could be seen by his performance that he has entered the scoring form. He began scoring more goals in a game, and the style of the game that he forced irresistibly reminded on Maradona. America’s Cup, which was held in 2007 was just a confirmation, there was almost no match without him scoring, until the finals when Argentina tragically lost to Brazil with three goals received.
Lionel Messi Awards & Achievements
Leo Messi played 100 games for Barcelona the following year, and international awards started to arrive as well, he was nominated by many media and individuals for the best in the world and he entered the “ideal eleven” i.e. the best eleven players in the world. That year, he failed to lead his team to the final of the Champions League, due to an injury, which has prevented him from doing so.
Season 2008/2009 was definitely the turning point for international fame that Messi has today. Although Ronaldinho left the club that year and Henry was at the door, Messi was not scared, but he seized the opportunity to become a real team leader. After winning six trophies in the 2008/2009 season, he was, for the first time, named the best player in the world. He won the FIFA Ballon d’Or another three years in a row. No player before him has ever received four major individual awards, and especially not in a row.
The next few seasons only validated success of his game. Each one was better than the last. Messi broke a record of the famous Gerd Muller, of 85 goals in a calendar year which German footballer set in 1972, in 2012 with 91 scored goals. Leo is the owner of many records – for the most scored goals in one season (73 in the season 2011/2012), most goals in a single Champions League match (5 goals in 2012), the first player who was top scorer in four consecutive seasons of the Champions League, the highest goal score in one season of Primera (50 goals in the season 2011/2012).
Fought with Muscle Injury
In April 2013 he suffered horrific injury in the match against PSG, which he “dragged” over the next few years. Although he fought with the muscle injury during 2013 and 2014, it did not prevent him to excel on the ground whenever he could. He has scored over 40 goals and assisted over 20 in each season. It was speculated that he could leave the club but in 2014 his contract was extended.
If you look at his game today, you could say that nothing has changed – he still shakes the nets.
As one of the best players ever, he attracts sponsors from all over the world. Leo Messi represents Adidas, Konami, Audemars Piguet, and many other companies. Interestingly, although he is not as media-friendly as maybe Beckham or Ronaldinho, and of course Cristiano Ronaldo, his sponsorship deals are tens of millions of dollars heavy.
Messi made great progress throughout hir career, according to celebrity net worth, from his career as a footballer he has total Net Worth of about $400 Million which is impressive, This enough for him to live a lavish and comfortable life. He is the richest soccer player.