Lionel Messi – Age, Bio, Birthday, Family, Net Worth
Lionel Andrés Messi was born on June 24, 1987. He’s a professional soccer player. Messi is the captain of Argentina’s National team. He played as a forward for F.C. Barcelona and now plays for Paris Saint-Germain. Messi is one of the greatest footballers of all time. He’s the only player in history to win seven F.I.F.A. Ballons d’Or and six European Golden Shoes. Messi has set global records throughout his career. He’s scored the most goals in La Liga. Let’s celebrate him today.
Lionel Andrés Messi
La Pulga, Leo, Messidona
June 24, 1987
Lionel Andrés Messi was born in Rosario, Argentina. He is an Argentinian soccer player who plays forward for Paris Saint-Germain and the Argentina National Team. Messi formerly played for F.C. Barcelona. He began playing soccer at a young age, and his talent was instantly recognized. At 11, Messi was diagnosed with Growth Hormone Deficiency, a condition that stunted growth. He required expensive medical treatment. River Plate, his local team, was interested in signing him. However, they were unwilling to pay for his medical treatment. F.C. Barcelona gave him a trial. The coach was so impressed by Messi that he proposed a contract that included paying for his therapy in Spain. Messi moved to Barcelona with his father and joined the prestigious F.C. Barcelona Youth Academy.
Messi progressed through the ranks and debuted in the 2004/2005 season. He became the youngest player to score a league goal. In 2006, he was part of the double-winning team that won the La Liga and Champions League. By the next season (2006 to 2007), 20-year-old Messi was the first-choice striker and an essential part of Barcelona’s team. He scored 14 goals in 26 league games. In 2006, he played in the World Cup for Argentina, becoming the country’s youngest player to do so. Messi earned an Olympic gold medal in football for Argentina in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. As the seasons went by, Messi kept improving and breaking his records. In 2012, Messi broke the all-time world record for most goals scored in a calendar year. At the end of 2012, Messi turned down a lucrative offer to play for an unnamed Russian side because he was unsure he would be playing in major European championships. Instead, he signed a contract with Barcelona to remain till the end of 2018. Messi expressed his allegiance to Barcelona when asked about a move to the English Premier League.
In 2021, he moved to Paris-Saint Germain as F.C. Barcelona could not afford to renew his contract. This free transfer shocked the world. Messi is one of the most exciting players of our time. He dribbles and takes on opponents like no one else. “I’ve seen great players in my career, but I’ve never seen anyone with Messi’s ball control. The ball stays attached to his foot,” Maradona said of Messi’s ball control.
Messi married Antonella Roccuzzo, his longtime sweetheart, on June 30, 2017. The couple has three children together ― Thiago, Mateo, and Ciro.
Messi first met Roccuzzo in their hometown, Rosario, when he was five years old. “Clarín” called their civil wedding the ‘wedding of the century.’ It took place at a fancy hotel in Rosario. Colombian pop sensation, Shakira, and famous soccer players were in attendance.
Messi Signs a Contract
F.C. Barcelona offers Messi a youth contract.
His First Team Debut
Messi makes his debut in a friendly against Porto at 16.
La Liga Title Win
Messi wins the La Liga title for the first time.
Barcelona’s All-time Top Scorer
Messi surpasses Pele as Barcelona’s leading scorer with goal #231.
His Best Goal
Messi scores his best goal ― it’s against Getafe.
F.C. Barcelona’s Captain
Messi becomes Barcelona’s captain, succeeding Andres Iniesta.
Messi’s Barca and Argentina national team stats are combined.
He Joins Paris-Saint Germain
Messi leaves Barcelona and joins P.S.G.
Why We Love Lionel Messi
The Royal Spanish Football Federation was keen to rope Messi in for the Spanish under-17 side. Messi, an Argentine at heart, declined the offer. He only wants to represent his native country.
He’s a U.N.I.C.E.F. ambassador
Messi is the Goodwill Ambassador for U.N.I.C.E.F. We love the fact that this star goes beyond his role and tries to make the world a better place.
He’s a family man
Messi has always been with one woman. He’s never made the news for infidelity.
5 Surprising Facts
His first contract was on a napkin
Messi’s initial contract with Barcelona was written on a napkin.
He never watches himself
Although everyone enjoys watching Messi play, he never watches highlights of himself.
He’s a devout Roman Catholic
Messi met with Pope Francis at the Vatican in 2013.
He loves music
His favorite musical genres are Samba and Cumbia.
He dedicates his goals to his grandmother
Messi’s goals are dedicated to his late grandmother who first noticed his talent and took him to the football pitch to ensure it didn’t go to waste.
What does Messi like to do for fun?
His favorite things outside of football are sleeping, eating, and PlayStation.
What is Messi’s favorite food?
His favorite food Is Milanesa Napolitana.
Is Messi vegan?
He is not strictly vegan. Messi is vegetarian only during the football season.
What is Lionel Messe’s full name?
His full name is Lionel Andrés Messi, although most fans refer to him as Leo Messi or simply as Messi.
Where is Messi from?
Messi was born and raised in Rosario, the largest city in the Argentine province of Santa Fe, before he and his family relocated to Barcelona when he was 13.
Lionel Messi’s birthday dates
Lionel Messi Biography: Personal Life, Career and Achievements
First Years (2004-2008)
Messi was promoted to the senior squad as a teenager and made his first team debut at only 17 years old, becoming the then youngest player to don the FC Barcelona uniform.
Messi played his first official match for the club on October 16, 2004, coming on for Deco in the 82nd minute of a LaLiga fixture against Espanyol. That season, Messi also became the youngest goal scorer in the history of the Spanish top-flight.
A Big Decision: Argentina or Spain?
Messi’s progress at the Catalan outfit caught the eye of the Spanish national team, which tried to convince him to represent its youth teams. Messi, who had been given Spanish citizenship, declined the offer as he remained attached to his Argentine roots.
Nightmare International Debut
Having helped La Albiceleste win the U-20 World Cup, Messi made his senior international debut for Argentina in a friendly match on August 17, 2005—but nothing went according to plan. Only 43 seconds after coming on in the second half against Hungary, the 18-year-old Messi saw the red card for elbowing a rival in his neck while running towards the goal.
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First World Cup (2006)
However, Messi managed to leave that behind and went on to be part of the Argentina roster for the 2006 World Cup, where he became the youngest Argentine player to play and score in FIFA’s flagship competition. His first goal in a World Cup came in a 5-0 victory against Serbia and Montenegro in the group stage. Argentina was eliminated by Germany in the quarterfinals, and people still question Jose Pekerman’s decision not to field Messi that day.
Olympic Success (2008)
But from then on, Messi became a regular starter in the national team. Following a painful defeat in the 2007 Copa America final, the rising Barcelona star led his country to an Olympic gold medal in Beijing 2008. After the Summer Olympics, Messi’s club career reached new heights.
Rise To Stardom (2009)
Though Messi was part of the Barcelona roster that won the double in the 2005-06 season and established himself as starter in the next two years, his breakout season came in the 2008-09 campaign. With Ronaldinho gone, Messi emerged as the new superstar of Barcelona.
That year, Messi took his game to the next level by helping Barcelona secure the first “treble” in club history. That means winning the best three tournaments at stake: UEFA Champions League, LaLiga, and Copa del Rey. The treble-winning team led by Pep Guardiola is widely considered as the best team of all time, and Leo played a pivotal role in its success.
Sextuple Year, First Ballon d’Or
With nine goals in 12 Champions League games (including the game-winner in the final against Manchester United), 23 goals in 31 league matches and six in eight Copa del Rey affairs, Messi made a strong case to win the first Ballon d’Or in his career.
On top of that, Barca ended up securing the first sextuple in soccer history: Champions League, LaLiga, Copa del Rey, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup, and Spanish Super Cup. However, the best was yet to come.
Making The History Books (2012)
2012 was a historic, record-breaking year for Messi. After becoming the first player to score five goals in a single Champions League game, Messi surpassed Cesar Rodriguez (232 goals) as Barcelona’s all-time leading scorer scoring a hat trick against Granada.
On top of that, he also broke Gerd Muller’s 39-year record of 85 goals in a calendar year (1972), recording 91 goals in 2012. Far from being jealous, Muller said: “My record stood for 40 years—85 goals in 60 games—and now the best player in the world has broken it, and I’m delighted for him. He is an incredible player, gigantic.”
Needless to say, that wonderful year earned Messi his fourth consecutive Ballon d’Or award, becoming the first player in history to win the prize on four occasions.
Tough Years with the National Team (2010-2018)
While Messi enjoyed worldwide recognition for his fantastic performances at FC Barcelona, he didn’t get the same kind of love in his home country. Though many Argentine fans admired Leo, his lack of success with the national team while he thrived in Spain made him a subject of criticism by the local media. In addition, he was also constantly compared with Diego Maradona.
To be fair, no other team could match what Barcelona did under Pep Guardiola. Regardless, Messi was made a scapegoat for Argentina’s failures in those years. He had blossomed as a Ballon d’Or player at Barcelona, but he couldn’t carry his level to the international stage.
2010 World Cup
The 2010 World Cup in South Africa was the first big blow in Messi’s international career. Not only was Argentina destroyed by Germany in the quarterfinals, but Messi ended the tournament without scoring a single goal. The team didn’t arrive to that competition in a good spot, but the expectations around Messi were still much higher.
2011 Copa America
Things only got worse in the 2011 Copa America. Despite being the host country, Argentina left a lot to be desired by losing in the quarterfinals against Uruguay. That tournament was particularly harsh for Messi, who was whistled by the home crowd as he finished the tournament goalless.
2014 World Cup
His image started to improve on the road to Brazil 2014, getting on the scoresheet from the very first game and putting the team on his back en route to the World Cup final. However, Argentina’s heartbreaking loss to Germany meant that Messi had yet to silence his haters, even though he won the Golden Ball award—given to the player of the tournament.
2015 Copa America
Despite the progress made in that World Cup, Messi had once again taken many steps back in his relationship with Argentinian fans and media. International glory continued to elude Messi in the 2015 Copa America, when his side lost to Chile in the final. But Messi hit rock bottom the following year.
Copa America Centenario (2016)
Having shone throughout the Copa America Centenario—held in the US in 2016 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the competition—it looked like Messi’s first piece of silverware with the Argentina national team was inevitable. But once again, Argentina finished runner-up as Chile stood on its way. This time it was even more traumatic for Messi, who missed his spot-kick in the penalty shootout.
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A devastated Messi was seen crying after the loss, as his and Argentina’s wait for an international success extended. Having reached his lowest point since playing for his country, Messi said postgame he would quit the national team. The haters were still there, and their comments were even louder after that final, but many Argentinians were in shock as they saw their idol at an all-time low.
Fortunately, Messi changed his mind a few months later. That doesn’t mean that things became easier, though.
Troubled Road to Russia 2018
Argentina struggled on their way to the 2018 World Cup. The soccer federation went through significant changes in its hierarchy, while the team had three different coaches throughout the qualifiers. In the end, Argentina clinched a spot in Russia thanks to a hat trick from Messi in the final round.
Disappointing World Cup
Argentina didn’t arrive in Russia in high spirits, and it proved costly. Messi missed a penalty in a 1-1 draw against Iceland, which was followed by an ugly loss to Croatia. The Barcelona star helped his side beat Nigeria to avoid a group stage exit, but Argentina then lost to eventual champions France.
This time, the blame didn’t fall on Messi, as Jorge Sampaoli did a terrible job as head coach. Still, it was yet another sour World Cup for the best player on Earth. In all those years, Messi had better luck at Barcelona—but soon he would experience bad times there as well.
Last Successful Years with Barcelona
2013 was complicated for Messi. The soccer machine spent months on the sidelines with hamstring injuries but found a way to come back stronger, becoming the all-time top scorer in both La Liga and Champions League in 2014.
The 2014-15 was the last great season for Messi and Barcelona, as the club repeated the treble that year with a powerful offensive trio of striker Luis Suarez, Messi and Neymar. Additionally, the Argentine footballer regained the FIFA Ballon d’Or after losing to Cristiano Ronaldo in 2013 and 2014.
Barcelona Goes Downhill (2018-2020)
Barcelona went through a tough period from 2018 to 2020, suffering humiliating Champions League eliminations in consecutive years. Roma, Liverpool, and Bayern have all handed Barca painful defeats, preventing them from making the final.
On top of that, the club started to experience financial problems with Josep Maria Bartomeu’s board. All those woes combined almost drove Messi away from Barcelona. The Argentine footballer looked ready to leave in 2020 as a free agent, but it turned out that his contract didn’t allow it.
Barcelona Farewell (2021)
Messi had no option but to stay for the 2020-21 season, his toughest year at the club. Once again, Leo was one of the few bright spots of the team but it was still a lackluster campaign as Barca was demolished by PSG in the Champions League and finished third in LaLiga.
Messi had entered the final year of his contract, but his mood had changed as Bartomeu left. Joan Laporta won the elections and, even with all the financial problems that struck the club, the outlook was much better. Therefore, though Messi became a free agent at the end of the season, he looked ready to re-sign.
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However, in a shocking turn of events, the club told Messi he couldn’t be registered in LaLiga due to salary cap rules. And just like that, Messi left. Ironically, while he went through the hardest days at Barcelona, Messi finally found happiness with Argentina.
Redemption with Argentina (2019-2022)
It took a long time, but Messi changed the narrative with the Argentine national team. A mature Leo had emerged as the face of the team’s reconstruction under Lionel Scaloni after the 2018 World Cup. The team finished third in the 2019 Copa America, and from then on, there was no turning back.
Argentina strengthened itself in South America, getting off to a positive start to the Qualifiers. A new generation of players had come and Messi started to feel more comfortable with them. Eventually, Argentina started to string good results together and it proved a point in the 2021 Copa America.
2021 Copa America Triumph
Messi’s wait for an elusive international title came to an end in epic fashion, with Argentina beating rivals and host country Brazil in the final at the Maracana. La Albiceleste ended a 28-year drought, and Messi achieved his first major success with the senior national team.
Since then, Messi has received nothing but love from the Argentine community. Besides, he continued to lead the team en route to a Qatar 2022 berth and a memorable Finalissima trophy.
Qatar 2022: The Wait Comes to an End
At Qatar 2022, the inevitable finally happened: Lionel Messi got his hands on the coveted FIFA World Cup trophy. In one of the best performances ever seen in tournament history, the 35-year-old broke all kinds of records to emulate Maradona and take Argentina back to the promised land. For many, the GOAT debate should no longer exist: with this title, Messi is widely regarded as the best soccer player ever.
A New Adventure in Paris (2021)
While enjoying the best moment in his international career, Messi had to make a big decision: Barcelona was no longer his club, and he had many offers on the table. In the end, Lionel signed a two-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2021.
Though the expectations in the French capital were through the roof, Messi struggled in his first season at the Parc des Princes. The team won the Ligue 1, but its early Champions League defeat to Real Madrid—in addition to Messi’s poor goalscoring record—made Messi target of criticism by PSG fans and French media. Messi got off to a much better start next season, replacing whistles for standing ovations.
Where Messi lives in Paris and who are his neighbors from PSG – newstavka
Lionel Messi is one of the most recognizable athletes in the world, a legend of the Catalan “Barcelona” and football in general. The football player was born on June 24, 1987 in Argentina, in the city of Rosario.
At the age of five, Messi started playing football at the Grandoli children’s club. Training took place far from Lionel’s home, so his grandmother took him there, who wanted Messi to become a professional football player. Subsequently, he devoted most of his heads to her.
At the age of seven, Lionel was noticed by the scouts of the Newells Old Boys club, which became the first professional club in the Argentinean’s career. At the age of 10, Messi was diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency, the treatment of which the football player’s family could not pull on their own. Due to the crisis in Argentina, his club also could not fully pay for the treatment.
At the age of 13, the talent of the young football player was noticed by local scouts who had connections with the Catalan “Barcelona”, they organized a viewing of Messi in the Spanish club. The scouts of the “blue garnet” were also impressed by the abilities of the Argentinean and left him at the academy, fully paying for the treatment of the football player and the relocation of his family to Europe, where Messi still lives.
Messi spent 18 years in Catalonia, where he won every possible club and individual trophy with Barça.
In the summer of 2021, due to the financial problems of Barcelona, Lionel Messi moved to the French Paris Saint-Germain, where he does not perform as brightly as in Spain. Perhaps the player’s age affects the not-so-successful performances, Lionel is already 34 years old, and at this age it can be problematic to adapt to a new country and a new championship. But Messi is a professional who always gives his all on the field, and most likely, after a full adaptation, he will be able to reach his previous level and bring a lot of benefits to the Parisians.
Messi’s height is 169 centimeters, but he is far from the top 10 shortest football players. Although almost all the players from the top represent Latin America.
Lionel Messi celebrates a goal with Paris Saint-Germain. Photo: psgtalk.com
Lionel Messi’s house in Barcelona
After moving to Paris, the Argentine has a chic mansion in Spain, which is located in the prestigious suburb of Barcelona – Castelldefels. A wonderful place on the Mediterranean coast, 20 km from the base of “Barcelona”. The football player bought this house back in 2009year for 1.8 million euros and invested about 6 million in its reconstruction. The interior of the house is made in the Mediterranean style.
The mansion where Messi lives is surrounded by a garden. On the territory of the house there is a swimming pool, a playground, a gym and even a small football field. Also, the house is equipped with panoramic windows and many open terraces, which offer views of the picturesque places in the area.
I note that in 2013, Lionel bought a house in the neighborhood only because the previous tenants were very noisy and haunted the football player and his family.
Read about all Cristiano Ronaldo’s homes in Manchester, Madrid and Madeira in Where Ronaldo Lives.
General view of Lionel Messi’s mansion in Barcelona. The interior and layout of the house. Photo: tribuna.com Overview of Messi’s mansion in Barcelona
Lionel Messi’s house in Paris
After moving to Paris in the summer of 2021, Messi and his family first settled in a luxury hotel. However, already in October 2021, they found a home that suited the player and his wife. Lionel did not buy the house, but rented it, for which he pays 20 thousand euros a month. Quite a modest amount, considering Messi’s income at PSG.
The mansion where Messi lives is a two-story building with a total area of 300 square meters. There are four bedrooms inside the house and a garden outside. Lionel’s neighbors are Paris Saint-Germain and Argentina teammates Leandro Paredes and Angel Di Maria. Read where and how another PSG player Neymar lives.
Previously, the Messi family considered moving to a house on the outskirts of Paris, near the Bois de Boulogne, but the owner, having learned about who was interested in his mansion, overpriced it too much and Messi had to abandon this option.
If Leo Messi plans to stay in Paris after the end of his football career, he will need to move his entire fleet here, which, we recall, costs more than 33 million euros. Read more about all the cars of Lionel in the article about Messi’s fleet.
Some photos of the interior decoration of Lionel Messi’s house in Paris. Photo: instagram.com/leomessi/
Argentines wanted to see Messi as president of the country
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If the footballer Lionel Messi put forward his candidacy for the presidency of Argentina, he would be supported by 43. 7 percent of the country’s inhabitants. It is reported by MSN with reference to data from a sociological survey by Giacobbe & Asociados.
37.8% of respondents do not want to see the Paris Saint-Germain striker in the presidency, 17.5% of those polled said that they might support the footballer’s candidacy.
On December 18, the Argentina national team defeated the French team in the World Cup final in Qatar. 35-year-old Messi became the world champion for the first time in his career.
During the final match, Messi scored two goals against the French. In addition, he was recognized as the best player of the tournament.