Lionel Messi is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward and captains  both Barcelona and the Argentina national team. Often considered the best player in the world and regarded by many as one of the greatest players of all time, Messi has won a record-tying five Ballon d’Or awards, four of which he won consecutively and a record five European Golden Shoes. He has spent his entire professional career with Barcelona, where he has won 32 trophies, including nine La Liga titles, four UEFA Champions League titles and six Copas del Rey. Both a prolific goalscorer and a creative playmaker, Messi holds the records for most official goals scored in La Liga, a La Liga season, a club football season in Europe, a calendar year, El Clásico, most hat-tricks in the UEFA Champions League, as well as those for most assists in La Liga and the Copa América. He has scored over 660 senior career goals for club and country.

Birth Name

Lionel Andrés Messi

Nickname

Leo, Atomic Flea, La Pulga, La Pulga Atomica, Messidona

Profession

Professional Soccer Player

Position

Forward

Shirt Number

  • 10 – FC Barcelona
  • 10 – Argentina

Coach

Salvador Aparicio, Frank Rijkaard, Pep Guardiola

Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

Lionel Messi was born on June 24, 1987 in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina.

Age

He is currently 31 years old.

Sun Sign

Cancer

Nationality

Argentine

Ethnicity

Multiracial (Hispanic and Caucasian)

He has Italian, Catalan and Spanish ancestry.

Religion

Roman Catholicism

Education

Lionel has not much educational experience as he has been playing football since childhood and at such a low age, he achieved much fame.

Family Details

  • Father – Jorge Horácio Messi (factory steel worker)
  • Mother – Celia María Cuccittini (part-time cleaner)
  • Siblings – Rodrigo (Older Brother), Matías (Older Brother), María Sol (Sister)

Manager

His agent is Guillermo Marin.

Marital Status

Married

Girlfriend / Spouse

Lionel Messi dated –

  • Macarena Lemos (2006-2008) – Rumor. Lemos is an Argentinean adult / glamour model, who received fame after dating Messi in 2006. They first met in the city of Rosario.

  • Antonella Roccuzzo (2007-Present) – She is also from Rosario. They are dating since 2007. Antonella was born in January 1991. They first met at Lucas Scaglia’s place (one of Messi’s closest friends) and now, the couple has 3 children, named Thiago (b. November 2, 2012), Mateo (b. 2015) and Ciro (b. 2018).

Physical Statistics

Height

  • In feet – 5 feet 6½ inches
  • In centimeters – 169 cm
  • In meters – 1.69 m

Weight

  • In Kilograms – 65 kg
  • In Pounds – 143 lbs

Body Measurements

  • Measurements–40-32-12
  • Chest – 40 Inches
  • Waist – 32 Inches
  • Biceps – 12 Inches

Body Build

Athletic

Hair Color

Dark Brown

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Shoe Size

9 (US)

Sexuality

Straight

Professional Statistics

Famous For

Quick, balanced and a stylish runner with the football.

Television Debut

In 2005, Lionel appeared in La noche del 10 in season 1 and episode number 3 as a guest. This show was hosted by Diego Maradona.

Brand Endorsements

Adidas, Audemars Piguet, Cherry, Dolce & Gabbana, PepsiCo, Ooredoo, Herbalife, EA Sports.

Controversies

  • In 2013, he was investigated for his suspected tax evasion.
  • In 2016, his name appeared in the Panama Papers Data Leak.

Records

  • Youngest two-time and three-time FIFA Ballon d’Or winner (23 and 24 years old).
  • Most UEFA Best Player in Europe awards (2009, 2011, 2015).
  • Most La Liga Best Player awards, six times (2009-2013, 2015).
  • Top goalscorer for country and club in a calendar year (91 goals in 2012).
  • Top goalscorer in La Liga (312 goals).
  • Top goalscorer in the FIFA Club World Cup (shared with Luis Suárez and César Delgado).
  • Most hat-tricks scored in a La Liga season (8 in 2011-2012, shared with Cristiano Ronaldo).
  • Only player to score consecutively against all opposition teams in La Liga (19 matches, 30 goals in 2012–13).
  • Only player to have won FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball more than one.
  • In 2013, became the youngest player to score 200 goals in La Liga.
  • Only top-scorer in five UEFA Champions League seasons (2008–09 to 2011–12, 2014–15).
  • Record of most hat-tricks in the UEFA Champions League, five times.
  • Youngest player to make 100 appearances in the UEFA Champions League: 28 years, 84 days in 2015).
  • All time top-goalscorer of Argentina.

Career Turning Point

In 2007, he scored a hat-trick vs Real Madrid and ended the match with a draw while playing for Barcelona.

Distinctive Features

  • Rosarino accent.
  • Short stature.
  • Wears number 10 shirt for FC Barcelona and Argentina.

Style Quotient

Cars Collection – Ferrari 335 S Scaglietti Spider, Ferrari F430 Spider, Maserati Granturismo MC Stradale, Audi Q7, Audi R8, Audi R8 GT, Mini Cooper S Cabriolet, Dodge Charger SRT8, Range Rover Velar, Toyota Prius.

Lionel Messi Favorite

  • Favorite Footballer – Pablo Aimar
  • Favorite Food – Salad, Escalope Milanese
  • Favorite Book – El Martin Fierro by Jorge Luis Borges
  • Favorite Color – Red
  • Favorite Film – Baby’s Day Out

Lionel Messi Net worth

Lionel Messi’s net worth has accumulated to approximately $800 million dollars as of 2019.

Social Media Profiles

Some Lesser Known Facts About Lionel Messi

  • His paternal family originates from Ancona, Italian city.
  • He had developed a passion for sports at an early age and joined a local club Grandoli at the age of 4, where he was coached by his father.
  • He was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency when he was 10 years old.
  • On 16 November 2003, he made his first-team debut at the age of 16 years, 4 months and 23 days, when he came in the 75th minute during a friendly against José Mourinho’s Porto.
  • In 2005, he made his first international debut against Hungary and that too only for 47 seconds; as he was shown a Red Card.
  • He is predominantly a left-footed player.
  • Lionel Messi is the first football player in the history to win four FIFA/Ballons d’Or and that too consecutively.
  • At 25, he also became the youngest player to score 200 La Liga goals.
  • He won UEFA Best Player in Europe Award in the 2010-2011 session.
  • He has appeared in EA’s FIFA video game in 2013.
  • He also runs a charity, named, Leo Messi Foundation, which he founded in 2007. This charity is responsible for education and health care of children.
  • In 2010, he was made Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF.
  • In 2011 and 2012, he has been mentioned in TIME magazine in the world’s most influential people list.
  • In March 2013, a solid gold replica of his left foot weighing 55 lb, went on sale in Japan to raise funds for 2011 tsunami and earthquake victims.
  • In 2015-16, Forbes magazine listed him world’s second highest-paid athlete (after Cristiano Ronaldo).
  • Diego Maradona has declared Messi as his successor.
  • Leo’s favorite music styles are listed as Samba and Cumbi.
  • In 2018, Forbes listed him world’s highest paid athlete (with $84 million salary/ winnings) after Floyd Mayweather.
  • Visit his official website @ messi.com.
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