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Lionel Messi’s new club in 2023? Latest transfer news involving Inter Miami, Al Hilal, Barcelona and PSG

Lionel Messi’s contract situation has been a major talking point through the 2022/23 season, as his status at PSG will be up in the air come the summer.

Messi’s PSG contract was originally reported as a three-year contract, but in actuality it’s a two-year deal with an option for a third year. So while Messi can trigger a third year of his contract at PSG, it seems more likely that he’ll sign a new deal for 2023 and beyond, either at PSG or somewhere else.

Reports indicate that Messi is in talks to re-sign with PSG, but there are a number of other clubs in contention that could look to turn the Argentine star’s head with money or other opportunities elsewhere.

Will Messi re-up with the French giants and continue the hunt for Champions League glory? Or will he shock the football community and carve out a new chapter in his career? With still no official word on his next contract, the post-World Cup certainty of a PSG return has faded some and doubts have begun to re-enter the football community about where he will end up next season.

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Messi reportedly in talks with PSG over contract extension

The most concrete reports over Lionel Messi’s immediate club future came right after the end of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, indicating that Messi could re-sign with PSG for the foreseeable future.

On December 21, Fabrizio Romano reported that Messi has a “verbal agreement” with PSG to work out a contract extension beyond the summer of 2023.

🚨🇦🇷 Paris Saint-Germain reached a verbal agreement with Lionel Messi to extend the contract. It’s a verbal pact to continue together. #PSG

No decision yet on leght of contract & salary, it will be decided in a new meeting soon.

Al Khelaifi and Campos, working on it. pic.twitter.com/upho1SCc7P

— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 21, 2022

There was a period of quiet on this front for a few weeks, and then Gaston Edul of TyC Sports in Argentina reported that Messi has agreed to an extension through the summer of 2024. He doesn’t give any further details, but the report suggests that Messi has essentially reconstructed his current deal to leave him in Paris through summer 2024. His current deal has an option to do the same, but his World Cup win likely gave him additional leverage to get better terms.

This seems by far the most likely option, as Messi has an ideal situation in the French capital. The club plays in one of the least competitive leagues amongst Europe’s elite, and therefore does not have to push his body to capacity week-in and week-out. He can collect silverware while he still gets to gun for Champions League glory, which could make him a club legend as the hunt for PSG’s first-ever European crown continues.

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Messi to return to Barcelona in 2023?

While the reports of a PSG extension have largely dashed the hopes of other clubs, Barcelona will still harbor dreams of an emotional return for Messi to Catalonia. Messi’s name has been in the minds of Blaugrana fans ever since the summer of 2022 when club president Joan Laporta said that Messi’s time with Barcelona was “not over.”

Barcelona have struggled through financial turmoil over the past few years, unable to sign players without complicated and intricate bookkeeping which has forced the La Liga giants to get creative in the transfer market. Yet they still lead the La Liga table and triumphed over rivals Real Madrid in the Supercopa de Espana.

While any possible reunion would require a number of chips to fall correctly, including the financial freedom and a break from PSG, it’s still on the minds of fans who want to see Messi return to where it all began.

According to Barcelona vice-president Eduard Romeu in mid-January, a reunion with Messi would be “financially possible” for the club should he depart PSG as a free agent, whether it be this coming summer or the summer of 2024.

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Could Messi still join Inter Miami in MLS?

Should PSG fail to secure an extension for Lionel Messi, it’s possible that Major League Soccer club Inter Miami could reignite very clear interest between the two sides that simmered before the PSG extension began to gain legs.

According to a May 16, 2022 report by Alex Candal of Argentine outlet Futbol Total DirecTV, Lionel Messi has agreed to terms of a contract with MLS side Inter Miami that would see the Argentine join in the summer of 2023. The report stated that as part of the contract, Messi will also acquire a 35 percent stake in the club, which according to Front Office Sports is worth over $200 million.

That reported deal harkens back to the one David Beckham signed in January of 2007 that brought the English superstar to the LA Galaxy. Beckham’s contract gave him the option to secure ownership in an MLS expansion club for the cut-rate fee of $25 million, an option which he then exercised in February of 2014. That eventually led Beckham to owning Inter Miami, which began play in 2020.

But only a few hours after the initial report of a deal with Inter Miami, there were immediate denials and questions about the credibility of the report. Messi’s camp was quick to issue a strong denial, calling the report “fake news.”

“According to sources close to Messi, the player has not defined his future nor does he have a short-term plan other than staying at PSG,” read an article in Spain’s Sport. It went on to state that Messi will run down his PSG contract and only then determine his next step.

Still, there is clear interest between these two parties, as reports continued to trickle out about the link between them over the past 12 months. That was further reinforced by an article from Pablo Maurer and Feliper Cardenas of The Athletic in early March which stated that some individuals close to Messi believe that a deal with the MLS club was close, although others dispute that claim.

The noise grew loud enough that Inter Miami coach Phil Neville was forced to address the rumours, and he did little to dismiss any speculation, instead admitting that the club was actively pursuing the Argentine superstar. “I’m not going to deny there isn’t truth in the speculation that we are interested in Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets,” Neville said prior to the 2023 MLS season starting in late February.

He went one further, allowing himself to dream about what it’d be like if Messi arrived. “Things will be different,” Neville said. “The trees might have to be bigger [around the training ground]. The security might have to be tighter. The walk the players have today over to that stadium, that might have to be different. The travel might be different. The hotels we stay in might have to be different. But really that might be what we’re aspiring to be like anyway. It’s exciting, but I think it’d be a massive challenge.”

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Messi offered huge contract by Al Hilal in Saudi Arabia

Reports out of Spain in mid-January suggested that a Saudi Arabian club was willing to pay exorbitant money to bring Lionel Messi to the Saudi Pro League just like Al Nassr did with Cristiano Ronaldo.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Saudi club Al Hilal, who won the league title last season, had offered Messi upwards of €300 million per year to come play next season. The report stated that Jorge Messi, Lionel’s father and agent, was making a trip to Saudi Arabia to discuss these terms with the club.

That was shot down, however, just a few days later by Spanish journalist Guillem Balague, who corroborated Fabrizio Romano’s report of a PSG extension while also stating there “hasn’t been an offer” from Al Hilal. It seems this option is highly unlikely.

How many teams has Messi played for? Know them all

Lionel Messi has played for four football clubs, including FC Barcelona and PSG, since he started playing. At the international level, he plays for Argentina.

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There’s not a single football team in the world which wouldn’t want to have Lionel Messi on its roster. After all, the Argentinian, a record seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, is one of the best players of all time.

However, over the course of his 18-year-long professional career, Lionel Messi has only graced two clubs, FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).

Taking into account the two Argentinian youth clubs he played, Lionel Messi has only played for four clubs in his career – a number quite low for modern-day footballers who end up playing for several clubs over the course of their career.

Lionel Messi’s teams

Years Club
1992-1995 Grandoli (Argentina)
1995-2000 Newell’s Old Boys (Argentina)
2000-2021 Barcelona (Spain)
2021-current PSG (France)

Lionel Messi’s first team: Grandoli

Born in the city of Rosario, in Argentina’s Santa Fe province, Lionel Messi was introduced to football at an early age and used to play with his elder brothers and cousins growing up.

Lionel Messi joined his first club Grandoli, a local neighbourhood establishment near his house in Rosario, when he was five years old. Interestingly, Leo’s doting grandmother, Celia Olivera Cuccittini, had a big role to play behind the move.

“One of my brothers or cousins was playing and we used to go there (to the Grandoli club) every day. The ‘86 team’, a team one year older than me, was playing and they needed a player — so my grandmother told the coach ‘put him [Leo] in the team’,” Lionel Messi reminisced during an interview.

The coach, however, was concerned with Lionel Messi’s small physique at the time and was afraid that he might get hurt playing against boys one year senior to him.

But Leo’s grandmother was a persistent woman and eventually got her way.

“Apparently when I went in, I did some things. My grandmother came back and told him [the coach], ‘Buy him football boots, I’ll bring him to training next week’ – and that’s when I started. It was an amazing time,” Lionel Messi recalled.

Lionel Messi’s second club: Newell’s Old Boys

Lionel Messi spent four years developing at Grandoli before joining the youth setup of Newell’s Old Boys, one of Rosario’s biggest clubs which plays in the Argentine Primera Division.

While the circumstances of Messi’s departure from Grandoli were never documented, an Al Jazeera report later reported that Messi’s family fell out with the club officials. However, the move to Newell’s Old Boys made sense as it was a professional club and offered better infrastructure and opportunities.

Besides, Lionel Messi’s family supported Newell’s Old Boys, or the Nuls, and reportedly the football legend’s uncles and aunts gifted him a red and black jersey of the club on his first birthday. Both of Messi’s elder brothers had played youth-team football for the Nuls.

Soon after Lionel Messi joined the Nuls and was inducted into its youth setup, the young Lionel Messi became the talisman for the club’s batch of ‘87, meant for boys who were born in 1987.

The team, which became famous as the La Maquina del ’87 or The Machine of ’87, would go on to dominate what was called ‘baby football’ in Argentina – seven-a-side games children under 11 play in the country. La Maquina del ’87 remained unbeaten for three years.

Incidentally, Diego Maradona played for Newell’s Old Boys briefly in the 1993-94 season. The club claims that during the half-time of Maradona’s debut match for the Nuls, a six-year Lionel Messi performed tricks on the football ground.

During his time at Newell’s Old Boys, Lionel Messi was diagnosed with Growth Hormone Deficiency (GHD), a condition caused due to the body producing insufficient amounts of growth hormone, leading to impaired growth and development.

A rare disorder which affects only one in 10,000 children, treatment for GHD was expensive – way beyond what Messi’s family could afford. Despite his promise on the football field, Old Boys also shied away from the expenses.

It is rumoured that River Plate, Argentina’s biggest and most famous football club, was interested in signing Lionel Messi at the time but backed out because of the high expenses required to treat GHD.

Lionel Messi at Barcelona

In his time of need, in stepped Spanish giants Barcelona. The Catalan club had the resources to easily foot the bill for Lionel Messi’s treatment and their world-class youth setup also made the move an alluring prospect.

In 2000, at the age of 13, Lionel Messi joined Barcelona’s youth academy, the famed La Masia, and the rest is history. Charly Rexach, the then first team director of FCB, famously got Messi to sign his first contract with the club on a paper napkin.

Such was the Argentinian’s talent that he was fast-tracked to the senior team in only four years after playing briefly for Barca’s B and C teams.

Lionel Messi made his first team debut for Barcelona against FC Porto, then coached by Jose Mourinho, in a mid-season friendly at the Estadio do Dragao on November 16, 2003. The Portuguese team won the match 2-0 but Messi, 16 years, four months and 23 days old at the time, was impressive in his cameo after coming on as a substitute in the 75th minute.

Soon after, Lionel Messi signed his first-ever professional contract with Barcelona. Messi made his competitive debut in a La Liga match against Espanyol on October 16, 2004, coming on as an 82nd-minute substitute.

Just 17 years, three months and 22 days old at the time, Lionel Messi was the youngest player to play a competitive match for Barcelona back then. Soon, the Argentine established himself as a first-team player and took over the mantle of the club’s talisman from Brazilian icon Ronaldinho.

Lionel Messi would go on to play in 778 matches for Barcelona, scoring 672 goals – both club records – before his shock move to Paris Saint Germain in 2021.

During his time with the Catalan giants, Lionel Messi won 10 La Ligas and four UEFA Champions League titles. All of his seven Ballon d’Or awards also came for his exploits in a Barcelona shirt.

Lionel Messi’s shock move to PSG

Regarded as Mr Barcelona, it seemed inevitable that Lionel Messi would end his professional career at Camp Nou. However, the fairytale ending never came.

With Barca reportedly running into financial trouble, contract talks between the player and club stalled and Lionel Messi’s contract with the Catalans expired in 2021. On August 5, 2021, Barcelona conceded that it couldn’t offer Messi a new contract due to financial issues.

While several top teams were eager to rope in Messi, French outfit PSG won the race for Messi’s signature and signed him on a two-year contract till 2023, with the option to extend it for a further year.

Lionel Messi made his debut for PSG on August 29, coming on as a substitute in the second half of a 2–0 away win over Reims in Ligue 1. He won the 2021-22 Ligue 1 title with PSG.

Lionel Messi international team: Eligible to play for Spain and Italy

Argentine by birth, it’s natural Lionel Messi plays for the Argentina national football team. He has represented the Albicelestes in various age groups, winning the Olympic gold medal at Beijing 2008, the Copa America in 2021 and FIFA World Youth Championship in 2005.

Messi was also the star of the national team which finished runners-up at the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil and is Argentina’s top goal scorer of all time.

However, things could have been very different if Lionel Messi had chosen to play for both Italy and Spain due to his Catalan and Italian ancestry.

While the Italian football federation never explored the option, the Spanish FA briefly played around with the idea at the insistence of Carles Rexach.

“I was asked informally if I wanted to play for Spain, but I always said that I wanted to play for my national team because I love Argentina and these are the only colours I want to wear. I was always an avid fan of the national team. I watched the games on television because I could never go to the grounds and watch them as a fan,” Lionel Messi said.

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Lionel Messi: biography, personal life details and income.

Lionel Andres Messi – an outstanding Argentine footballer, striker of the Barcelona football club until 2021, club legend, then moved to PSG (France), since 2011 – captain of the Argentina national team, world champion in 2022. The best scorer in the history of Barcelona and the Argentina national team. Considered one of the best football players of our time and one of the best players of all time.

Family and relatives of Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi was born on June 24, 1987 in Rosario, Argentina. Messi has Italian roots, great-grandfather Leo, Angelo Messi , emigrated to Argentina from Italian Porto Recanati at the end of the 19th century. As stated in the biography of Lionel Messi on Wikipedia, he also has roots from Catalonia, his great-great-grandfather Ramon Llobera Perez (born in 1895 in El Poal), whose granddaughter Rosa Maria Perez in Argentina married Eusebio Messi Baro , a descendant of Angelo. Curiously, Messi’s distant relative is another well-known football player who started with Leo in Barcelona – Bojan Krkic .

Father – Jorge Messi – played football before the army. He worked as a shop manager at a steel mill.

Mother – Celia Cuccittini – worked in a factory, then cleaned houses.

Lionel Messi has older brothers Rodrigo and Matias, and a younger sister Maria Sol.

Messi’s parents knew each other since childhood, lived nearby in Rosario. They got married in 1978, and the honeymoon had to be postponed due to the fact that Messi’s father wanted to properly watch the 19 World Cup matches.78, which took place in Argentina and brought gold to this team for the first time.

Lionel Messi started playing football at the age of five, in the amateur club “Grandoli”, he was coached by his grandfather – father Jorge. Messi’s grandmother Celia took him to training, then Lionel dedicated his goals to her.

In 1995, Lionel Messi began playing for the professional club Newell’s Old Boys, and in 1997, being a player of this club, he won the Friendship Cup of Peru.

At the age of 11, Messi was diagnosed with growth hormone (growth hormone) deficiency and, although River Plate showed interest in Lionel, the club did not want to pay for treatment, it cost $ 900 per month.

Then one of the shareholders of the Barcelona club found out about the 13-year-old football player and hired two scouts Martin Montero and Fabian Soldini who persuaded Messi’s father to go through the trial at the club. On September 17, 2000, Messi and his father arrived in Catalonia, the viewing impressed the sports director of the club Carles Rexac so much that Barcelona decided to pay for the transfer of the Messi family to Europe, as well as treatment, which cost 90 thousand euros a year.

A year later, the Messi family split, the mother returned to Argentina with her older brothers and Maria Sol, who was not allowed to study at the local school in Catalan. The father stayed with Lionel and led him to the heights of football skills, as well as taking care of his financial affairs.

The beginning of Lionel Messi’s career

At the age of 13, Lionel Messi was in the youth team of Barcelona and scored 4 goals in the first match, and in total scored 37 goals in 30 matches during the season. Messi quickly found his game and began to appear frequently in the starting lineup of the second team, scoring a goal per game on average. At 16, Lionel’s game was noticed by Fabio Capello and tried to lure him to Juventus, but it did not work out.

On November 17, 2003, in a friendly game against Porto, Lionel Messi made his debut in the main team of Barcelona. Messi’s debut in an official match took place on October 16, 2004 in a duel against Espanyol. On May 1, 2005, the Argentine scored his first goal for Barcelona against Albacete, becoming the youngest player in the history of the Catalan club to score in the Spanish Championship match. At that time, he was only 17 years 10 months and 7 days old.

Messi’s stellar career at Barcelona

It quickly became clear that a new superstar was emerging at Barcelona. By the way, from the very beginning of his career, Messi was compared with his great predecessor – Diego Maradona . And quite quickly, Lionel began to repeat his “feats of Hercules”, managed to score with his hand in one game, and beat almost the entire enemy team on the way to the goal from the center of the field in another.

In the 2006-2007 season, Messi had 18 goals in all competitions, and in the 2008-2009 season- already 42, among them 23 in the Spanish championship. Since then, Lionel Messi has kept at this highest level, and once, in the 2011-2012 season, he scored 50 goals in the championship alone, but in total he had a phenomenal 75 goals.

2012 was an amazing year for Messi. In March 2012, Lionel set a performance record in all official matches for Barcelona – 234 goals scored. In March 2014, Messi broke the 87-year-old record for the most goals scored in Barcelona’s history, bringing his goalscoring tally to 371 goals. November 22, 2014 Lionel Messi broke the record for the number of goals in the Spanish championship – 251 goals scored (the previous record was 59years). On November 25, 2014, Messi broke the Champions League scoring record with 71 goals scored.

Lionel Messi has won eight Spanish titles, four UEFA Champions Leagues, five Spanish Cups, seven Spanish Super Cups, three European Super Cups and three Club World Cups with Barcelona. Lionel Messi has been top scorer in the Champions League five times and the Spanish Championship four times.

In 2005 and 2007-2013, 2015-2016, Messi was recognized as the best player of the year in Argentina. In 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011, Lionel was recognized as the best player in the Spanish championship. In 2009, Lionel Messi was named UEFA Club Footballer of the Year and Champions League Forward of the Year. In the same year, he received the Golden Ball as the best football player in Europe and the Diamond Ball as the best football player in the world according to FIFA. In 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015, Messi received the FIFA Golden Ball (in those years it was awarded instead of the usual Golden Ball). In 2012, Lionel Messi became the first player to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or three times.

Lionel Messi is a four-time Golden Boot winner (2010, 2012, 2013, 2017).

In April 2017, at the age of 29, he scored his 500th goal for Barcelona in official matches and became the only player in the history of Spanish football to overcome this mark in one club.

In 2020, Messi almost left Barcelona, ​​but it still happened in the summer of 2021. Barcelona announced that they could not agree with the Argentinean to extend the contract, and the striker left the club. Lionel moved to PSG for free as a free agent.

Lionel Messi’s career in the Argentina national team, victory at the 2022 World Cup

In 2005, Lionel Messi made his debut for the Argentina national team, soon becoming the youngest player to score a goal for the Argentines at the World Cup. As part of the Argentina youth team, Lionel Messi became the 2005 world champion (best player and top scorer of the tournament) and the 2008 Olympic champion. As part of the national team, Lionel Messi is the silver medalist of the 2014 World Cup (the best player in the tournament). Messi is the top scorer in the history of the Argentina national team, is part of the symbolic Argentina national team of all time.

Many criticize Messi’s performances for the national team, but it turned out that his style of play is more suitable for Barcelona, ​​at the same time, Lionel has achieved a lot with the Argentina team.

In 2021, Messi and the Argentina national team won the Copa America, Lionel was very happy that he finally won the big tournament with the national team.

In 2022, Messi’s career had a landmark success – the Argentina national team became the new world football champion. Lionel himself was the clear leader of the team in the tournament, scoring 7 goals.

The Blue and White defeated France in the final. After the first half, Argentina led 2-0: Angel Di Maria and Lionel Messi scored goals from the penalty spot. However, the leader of the French team, Kylian Mbappe, scored twice, scoring in the 80th and 81st minutes and sent the match to overtime.

In stoppage time, the teams exchanged one more goal each: Mbappe and Messi scored again – 3:3. And in the penalty shootout, the Argentines turned out to be more accurate, converting all their shots. Messi kicked off Argentina’s streak.

Lionel Messi’s income and scandal

Lionel Messi’s talent, of course, found its embodiment in financial terms. According to Sport Illustrated, in 2011, Leo’s earnings were $43 million 800 thousand. This amount included not only salary, but also various bonuses, as well as money for shooting in commercials, etc.

In June 2013, Lionel Messi and his father Jorge were accused of not paying taxes in the amount of more than 4 million euros. According to the Spanish authorities, Lionel hid information about his income to avoid paying taxes from 2006 to 2009years. The Argentine himself said that he and his father never broke the law and carefully paid taxes.

“I am very surprised that we have received a complaint from the Barcelona Public Prosecutor. We have always paid taxes and never stopped doing so. Leo’s lawyers are already aware of the current situation, so in the near future we will deal with this matter, ”said Jorge Messi.

In 2016, Lionel Messi and his father were sentenced to 21 months in prison. In accordance with Spanish law, they will not serve their sentence, but are required to pay large fines. As Reuters news reported, Messi was fined 2 million euros, his father – 1 million.0005

“We are confident that the appeal will prove the correctness of the defense’s arguments,” was the official position of the football player’s lawyers.

As a result of the investigation, it was found that the amount that Messi underpaid in taxes amounted to 4.1 million euros. It is worth noting that according to Spanish law, despite the verdict, Messi will not go to prison. Terms of imprisonment for economic crimes of less than two years in Spain are automatically considered conditional. However, an outstanding conviction may prevent the Argentine striker from obtaining a visa to enter certain states.

Lionel Messi does charity work. In May 2012, Messi offered to fully pay for the treatment of 6-year-old Moroccan Walid Kashasha , who wanted to become a football player, but could not do this due to a growth hormone deficiency.

In the fall of 2017, it was reported in the news that Lionel Messi, who had recently renewed his contract with the club, had become the highest paid footballer in the world. The annual salary of the 30-year-old striker under the new agreement was 43 million euros.

In addition, Messi received a bonus of 50 million euros from the Blue Garnets for agreeing to extend his contract until 2021. Messi’s new contract with Barcelona includes a release clause of 700 million euros.

Messi was reported to have turned down a £100m bonus for moving to Manchester City.

Lionel Messi’s personal life

Lionel Messi’s personal life is not given much attention in world media news, largely thanks to the efforts of the player himself, well, and his family and friends. Dad Leo probably still fries him morning scrambled eggs so that his son concentrates on football and is not distracted by anything else. There were semi-legends about the girls of the best football player in the world for a long time, most often it was only known about them that they were fellow countrymen of Lionel, that is, also from the Argentine city of Rosario. The first one was Macarena Lemos , whom Messi was introduced to by her father. But Macarena was young (14 years old), and the relationship was, apparently, in the style of Viktor Tsoi’s song “Eighth Grader” – as it should be with minors.

On the other hand, it was no longer a shame to present the next girlfriend in the battered company of football stars. Model Playboy Luciana Salazar is the standard variant for the football star. True, for such a lady (by the way, 7 years older), Leo was too modest a guy. Or he sensed something wrong with her. In general, Lionel Messi returned to the simple girls of Rosario and a nutritionist appeared in his personal life Antonella Rokuzzo , which Leo, by the way, has known since he was 5 years old. Antonella Roccuzzo was the cousin of Messi’s best friend – Lucas Scaglie , with whom Lionel played for Newells. This provided Antonella with access to the best football player in the world, Lionel first courted from Barcelona, ​​and then took the girl to him.

Lionel planned to marry Antonella back in 2009, but in the end, the girl became Messi’s wife only in 2017, having already given birth to two sons.

On November 2, 2012, a son was born to Lionel and Antonella in a Barcelona hospital, who was named Thiago. On September 11, 2015, the couple had a second son, Mateo Messi. In 2018, the third child, Ciro, appeared in the Messi family.

Like other footballers, Lionel Messi gets tattoos. In 2013, Messi got a tattoo on his left leg – he filled the name of his son Thiago and the image of his hands. In May 2015, Lionel got a tattoo on his right arm: stained glass windows of the Sagrada Familia are depicted on the elbow, a clock, a lotus flower and a map of the city of Rosario are engraved on his arm.

Lionel Messi does not have the most law-abiding brothers, so his older brother Rodrigo, who also tried to become a football player, but eventually chose the career of a cook (he is a chef in a restaurant in Barcelona), was detained by the police after he began to threaten a cyclist with a gun at a gas station. The gun turned out to be a toy.

Another brother with the law is doing even worse. In October 2015, Matthias Messi was stopped by traffic police and found an unregistered handgun in his car. Brother Messi was sentenced to a fine and community service for illegal possession of weapons.

In 2017, Matthias Messi crashed into a truck – remained unharmed. In December, he was found in a bloody boat near Rosario, there was also a firearm. Mathias was put on the wanted list, detained, but tests confirmed that the blood on the boat was indeed his.

The Argentine media report on Matias Messi’s connection with the drug business, but officially Lionel Messi’s brother owns a gym and, together with his mother, runs the Leo Charitable Foundation.

Lionel Messi’s sister, Maria Sol, also found something to do, she is the head of the family public relations department, Leo’s sister is very active in social networks.

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