Lionel Messi Biography
Born on June 24, 1987, Lionel Messi is a professional footballer who currently plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona and Argentina national team. He plays as a forward and he has as the world’s best player along with Cristiano Ronaldo. He was born as Lionel Andres Messi as a third child of his parents Jorge Messi and Celia Cuccuittini in Rosario, Sanat Fe. He belongs to White ethnicity and his nationality is Argentine.
Lionel Messi is in a relationship with his childhood love Antonella Roccuzzo, a fellow native of Rosario. They have known each other from the age of 5, as Antonella is the cousin of his best friend Lucas Scaglia. They formally started their relationship in since 2008, when Messi was 20. They have two sons Thiago and Mateo. They are happy and together since then, but they are not married till now. Previously Messi was also linked with Argentine models Macarena Lemons and Lucia Salazar.
Lionel Messi and his are set to be married in next summer. They have confirmed that they are going to marry next summer and their marriage is expected to take place in Rosario, Argentine. This news was broken by journalist Juan Pablo Varsky on a radio program and the expected date of their marriage is on June 24, Leo’s birthday.
Lionel Messi is currently the highest paid footballer, earning a little more than Cristiano Ronaldo. In 2017, his net worth is estimated to be around $ 350 million. He receives an annual salary of $ 21.5 million from Barcelona.Edit
Born in Rosario, Sanat, Argentina
Lionel Messi was born in the late 1980s in Rosario, Sanat, Argentina. He was born to his parents Jorge Messi and Celia Cuccuittini and his birth name was Lionel Andres Messi. He has got a nickname of Leo Messi and is popular with this name.Edit
Joined Rosario Club
Lionel Messi started playing football when he was six years old. He joined Rosario Club in 1993 and started playing for it. He often entertained the crowd by performing different ball tricks. However, his football career was threatened when he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency at the age of 10.Edit
Debuted against Porto
Lionel Messi started playing for Barcelona from Barcelona youth team. He made his debut in the first team of Barcelona against Jose Mourinho's Porto on November 16, 2003. He came as a substitute in the 75th minute of the game, where he assisted one goal and created two chances of goal.Edit
Signed contract with Barcelona
Lionel Messi officially signed the contract with senior team Barcelona on June 24, 2005. At first, he signed five yaer contract with the club. Afer that he acquired citizenship and started as no. 19 in the Barcelona squad. Sinc then he has been playing for FC Barcelona and currently he plays as the center forward wearing no. 1o jersey.Edit
Debut in the first team of Argentina
Lionel Messi made his debut in the first team of Argentina on August 17, 2005. He made his debut against Hungary and came as a substitute in the 63rd minute. Currently, he is the captain of Argentina team and recently he was seen in Copa America 2016.Edit
Won FIFA Ballon d’ Or
Lionel Messi has won 5 Ballon d’ Or in hi career. Recently, he won FIFA Ballon d’ Or in 2015. He has also won several other awards including UEFA Best Player in Europe, European Golden Shoe, Best Player in La Liga and much more.Edit
Caught in Tax fraud
Lionel Messi has been in news for several times in the case of tax evasion. Recently on July 6, 2016, Lionel Messi and his father were brought up by the government for guilty of tax fraud and they were penalized fro 21- month prison and 1.7 million pounds and 1.4 million pounds fine.Edit
Announced retirement from International Football
After Argentina lost Copa America 2016 final with Chile on June 26, 2016. Messi announced his retirement from international football. This was his fourth final which he lost from his national side, as his coach said: “My generation can't` compare him to Maradona that’s my generation, because of what Maradona did for Argentine football”.Edit
Returned back to International Football
After Messi announced his retirement from international football, he was greeted by his fans “Dot go let”, when his team landed in Argentina. And after a week of his retirement, La Nacion, an Argentine newspaper reported of him reconsidering to play n 2018 FIFA World cup qualifiers. Messi officially announced his return to` international football on July 2, 2016.Edit