Who is Lionel Messi?
Lionel Messi is an Argentine professional footballer. He was born on June 24, 1987, in Rosario, Argentina.
Messi made his debut for FC Barcelona’s first team at the age of 17 in a friendly match in 2004. Messi’s remarkable trend is his exceptional goal-scoring ability and incredible consistency, breaking numerous records and winning multiple individual awards throughout his career.
Messi holds the record for the most goals scored in a calendar year, with an astonishing 91 goals in 2012, surpassing the previous record set by Gerd Muller in 1972.
Lionel Messi: Height, Weight
Lionel stands at the height og 5 feet 7 inches and weighs around 70 Kg.
Lionel Messi: Age, Parents, Siblings, Ethnicity, Education
Lionel Messi was born on 24 June 1987, so as of 2023, he is 35 years old.
Talking about his family, he was born to Jorge Horacio Messi and Celia Maria Cuccittini.
He also has two older brothers, Rodrigo and Matias. Lionel’s sister’s named is Maroa Sol.
He is of Hispanic decent but is an Argentine citizen.
Lionel Messi: Professional Life, Career
Debut: The Magical boy from Rosario began his professional career at FC Barcelona, where he joined the youth academy, La Masia, at the age of 13. He played his first ever game in Barcelona at the age of 17 in 2004 and still managed to score a goal. He made a record in the club as he was the youngest player to score a goal for the club.
The Days in Barcelona, Ronaldo & the Emotional Departure: Messi quickly established himself as one of the most promising young talents in football, showcasing exceptional dribbling skills, agility, and goal-scoring ability. He played a crucial role in Barcelona’s success, helping the team win numerous domestic and international titles, including numerous La Liga and UEFA Champions League titles. Before his departure, he scored 120 goals for Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League. Barcelona’s rival team Real Madrid also had a similar star competing for the title of the G.O.A.T and that face was of Cristiano Ronaldo. They had themselves in a competition for almost a decade before Ronaldo decided to leave for Juventus.
Messi intended not to leave Barcelona in 2021 but due to internal reasons in the club, he was compelled to leave. He cried in the interview after all that happened. No one was happy but he tried to continue in PSG which too didn’t go well. Now, Lionel Messi is set to sail to Inter Miami.
International Career, the Spiritful Argentine Throng & Journey to the World Cup: Though Messi had a wonderful start in 2005 by winning the 2005 FIFA World Youth Champions by defeating Nigeria with 2 goals by himself, it wasn’t that good later on. He played in many international tournaments. In spite of being in the world cup final in 2014, the world cup that he really wanted, he couldn’t as Germany was in their prime time and Mario Goetze scored a dashing goal in 114′. Similarly, he was set to be defeated in 2015’s world cup (described in Controversy Section).
It was in 2021 that he found his true and successful international side as he took Argentina to win the first major trophy in decades, the Copa America. In soo enough, he got his dream in 2022 in Qatar.
Lionel Messi: Net Worth, Salary
The G.O.A.T in the world of football is sure to have a treasure for himself. As of 2023, he has a net worth of $600 million which makes him one of the wealthiest sportsmen in the world.
Lionel Messi: Rumors, Controversy
Tax Evasion / Tax Fraud (2013): Messi was suspected of tax evasion as per the relevant laws in Argentina. He got into the controversy in 2013. He was suspected to have evaded tax worth €4.1 million. On July 6, 2016, Messi and his father were convicted of tax fraud, resulting in suspended prison sentences of 21 months for both of them. Additionally, they were each required to pay fines of €1.7 million and €1.4 million, respectively. Messi paid all of what he was convicted to have evaded and also the fines that were required of him to pay.
Messi got himself into controversy after losing the Copa American Final against Chile where Argentina and Chile had to be a winner in a tiebreaker where Messi lost the first penalty. With Biglia also losing the penalty, Silva from Chile went the trophy away which made him emotional and got him to say so in the post-match.
What is the Relationship Status of Lionel Messi?
Talking about his relationship status, he has dated:
- Macarena Lemos (2006-2008) – There were rumors of Messi dating Argentinean adult/glamour model Macarena Lemos in 2006, but their relationship was never officially confirmed.
- Antonela Roccuzzo (2007-Present) – Messi has been in a relationship with Antonela Roccuzzo since 2007. They first met in Rosario, Argentina, and got married on June 30, 2017. They have three children together: Thiago, Mateo, and Ciro.
Lionel Messi: Social media
You can acquire more information about his personal life from his social media accounts. As of today, he has managed an Instgram account with over 470 million followers, Facebook with over 114 million followers, and a YouTube channel with over 1.6 million subscribers. .
Facts About Lionel Messi
- He currently played for Inter Miami.
- He cored 6 gials in 2005 FIFA Youth World Cup and also won the Best Player award.
- He has won seven Ballon d’Or Awards and six European Golden Shoes.
- Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency at the age of 11.
- He won UEFA Best Player in Europe Award in the 2010-2011 session.
- He was made Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF in teh yaer 2010.
- Diego Maradona as he felt, had declared Messi his true successor.