Lionel Messi is a professional footballer of Argentine. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of the “modern generation”. He plays as a striker and captain for both Paris Saint-Germain. The Argentine national team.
Lionel Messi Bio
Famous As: Lionel Messi
Current Club: Paris Saint-Germain F.C, Argentina National Team
Playing Career: 2003–present
Lionel Messi Age: 34 years
Birthday: June 24, 1987
Birth Place: Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
Height: 5 feet 7 inches (170 cm)
Weight: 72 kg
Body Measurements: 40-32-12
Net Worth: $674 million
Salary: 71 million EUR
Born Name: Lionel Andrés Messi
Nickname: Leo, Atomic Flea, La Pulga, La Pulga Atomica, Messidona
Religion: Roman Catholic
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Body Shape: Straight
Shoe Size: 10 (US)
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Hair Color: Black
Education: Las Heras Elementary school
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Father: Jorge Messi
Mother: Celia Maria Cuccittini
Brother: Matias Messi, Rodrigo Messi
Sister: Maria Sol Messi
Marital Status: Married
Spouse: Antonella Roccuzzo
Relationship With: Antonella Roccuzzo, Model (engaged since 2008-present)
Children: Thiago Messi (Born November 2, 2012)
Lionel Messi was born in Rosario, Argentina on the 24th of June, 1987. His father, Jorge Horacio Messi, worked in a steel mill and his mother, Celia Maria Cuccittini, was a part-time cleaner. Messi joined the Rosario Football Club and played for Newell’s Old Boys when he was just six years old.
When Lionel Messi was 10 years old, he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency, and his father could no longer afford his medical treatment. Newell agreed to contribute but later reneged on his promise. Barcelona’s sporting director, Carles Rexach, has offered to pay the medical bills if Messi can move to Spain. They moved to an apartment near the Camp Nou stadium. Messi developed homesickness after his mother and siblings returned to Rosario while they were staying in Barcelona with his father. A year later, Messi joined the Royal Spanish Football Federation where he became part of the “Baby Dream Team”, Barcelona’s greatest group of young footballers.
At the time he was also the youngest player to score for Barcelona. During the 2005-2006 season, Messi began being paid as a member of the first team and also acquired Spanish citizenship. He also appeared for the first time in the Spanish First Division. Messi received a standing ovation during his first match after scoring alongside superstar Ronaldinho. Out of his 17 league matches, he scored six goals. He scored one goal in six Champions Leagues’. In 2006, Messi became the youngest Argentine to play and score in the FIFA World Cup.
After the World Cup, in the 2006-2007 season, Messi sustained a metatarsal fracture, which took three months to recover. He returned to the match against Racing Santander, as an indirect substitute. In March of that season, he scored a hat-trick against Real Madrid, making him the first player since Ivan Zamorano to do so in El Clasico. In the 2007-2008 season, Messi led Barcelona to the top four in the Spanish League. He won the nomination as a striker for the FIFA ProWorld XI Player Award and was chosen by the Marca newspaper as the best player in the world. Other newspapers followed suit and said that Messi should receive the Ballon d’Or. He finally took his first win in 2009, at the age of 22, winning three in a row every year. He also won the Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics. In 2012, he set the Spanish League and European records for most goals scored in a season. This decided his fate as the best scorer in Barcelona’s history. Messi, now captain of Barcelona, finished second in the Ballon d’Or award behind rival Cristiano Ronaldo in the following two seasons. In 2014, Messi led Argentina to the finals of the World Cup, in which he also won the Golden Ball.
Lionel Messi is the Leo Messi Foundation founder, which helps provide disadvantaged children with better opportunities for education and health care. He started the charity in 2007 after a visit to a children’s hospital in Boston, an experience he said changed him profoundly. His foundation, with Herbalife’s help, helps pay for medical treatment, transportation, and recovery for children diagnosed with major medical problems. Messi is also been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since March 2010. He completed a UNICEF field mission and traveled to Haiti to educate the public about the plight of the country’s children in the wake of the recent earthquake.
Lionel also conducts individual fundraising activities such as world football matches which raise money for various charities. Messi financially supports many youth football clubs in Argentina such as Sarmiento, Rosario Central, Newell’s, River Plate, and Boca Juniors. At his childhood club, Newell’s, Messi funded the construction of a new gym and apartment building within the club’s stadium in 2012.
In March 2020, Messi donated $1 million to help fight the spread of the coronavirus. In addition, Messi and his FC Barcelona teammates took a 70 percent reduction in their salaries during the COVID-19 emergency. They did it so that no Barcelona workers would do it.
- Makes $40-60 million per year from endorsements
- Is the highest-paid athlete on the planet
- Total annual income typically tops $200 million
- Has earned over $1 billion in his career from all sources
Age, Height and Measurements
Lionel Messi is 34 years old. Lionel Messi is 5 feet 7 inches (170 cm) high and weighs 72 kg. Body measurements 40-32-12 and zodiac cancer.