Lionel Messi Biography – Facts, Childhood, Family Life

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Quick Facts

Personal information
Full name Lionel Andrés Messi
Date of birth 24 June 1987 (age 33)
Place of birth Rosario, Argentina
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team Barcelona
Number 10
Youth career
1994–2000 Newell’s Old Boys
2000–2003 Barcelona

Lionel Messi plays soccer for Argentina’s national team and FC Barcelona. He is a soccer player who has set records in goals scored and won individual awards, en route to being recognized worldwide as one of the most outstanding players in soccer.

Who is Lionel Messi?

Messi, often known as “Leo,” is an Argentine soccer striker who plays for FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team. He was born in Buenos Aires and resides in Barcelona, Spain. After FC Barcelona paid for his medical treatment, Messi moved to Spain at the age of 13.


He was a legend in the game and helped his team win over two dozen tournaments and league titles. He set a record in 2012 for most goals in a single calendar year. In 2019, he was awarded Europe’s Ballon d’Or.

Early life

On June 24, 1987, Messi was born in Rosario, Argentina. Messi was a young boy who accompanied his older brothers to soccer games. He didn’t feel intimidated by the larger boys. He was 8 years old when he was invited to join Newell’s Old Boys’ youth program, a Rosario-based team.

Messi, who was smaller than the average child his age, was diagnosed with a hormone deficiency. Messi’s parents Jorge and Cecilia decided to give their son a series of nightly growth hormone injections. However, it quickly became impossible to afford several hundred dollars per month.

To take advantage of the opportunity to train at FC Barcelona’s youth academy, La Masia, and have his medical bills paid for by the team, Messi’s family packed up and relocated from the Atlantic to Spain at the age of 13 to start a new life. As much as Messi missed his family and friends back in Argentina, he moved fast through the levels of the junior system.

A final connection has been made between Messi and another famous Argentine footballer, Diego Maradona because of Messi’s diminutive stature (5 feet 7 inches) and his pace and aggressive attacking style.


Soccer Careers and Teams

Argentina and FC Barcelona

Messi is an FC Barcelona player. He signed his first contract at the age of 13. He also plays for Argentina’s national squad.

At 16 years old, Messi was the first player to make a debut for FC Barcelona. He also made history by being the club’s youngest goal scorer. He also led Argentina to the title at the Under-20 World Cup that year, scoring on two penalty kicks to win the victory over Nigeria.

Messi led Barcelona to great success in 2009. His left-footer’s team won the Spanish Super Cup, Champions League, and La Liga titles. After two consecutive runner-up finishes, he won his first FIFA “World Player of the Year/Ballon d’Or honor that same year.

Maradona was fond of his fellow countryman. The former player said that he sees him as very similar to himself. He is a leader who teaches beautiful football. He is different from any other player in the game.

Amazingly, the soccer genius continued to improve, finding new ways to evade defenders while leading Barcelona in La Liga and Spanish Super Cup championships 2010 and 2011. He also won the ’11 Champions League title.

In 2012, Messi launched an aggressive assault on the records. Messi started a full-fledged attack on the record books in 2012. He was the first player to score five goals during a Champions League match. 

Messi had scored a staggering 91 goals in international and club play by the end of 2012, surpassing Gerd Muller’s 85 in 1972. He also broke another record in January 2013, when he was named FIFA Ballon d’Or winner for the fourth consecutive time.

The persistence of hamstring problems caused the soccer legend to come back to earth. However, he recovered his record-breaking form and became the all-time top scorer in Champions League play and La Liga in late 2014.

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