Lionel Messi Biography
When was Lionel Messi born ?
Lionel Messi was born on the 24th June 1987
Where was was he born?
in Rosario, Argentina
What is his full name ?
Lionel Andres Messi
What was Lionel’s family like?
His Father was a steel worker, and his mother a cleaner and he had two older brothers. He always hung around with his brothers who played football. The fact that he played against bigger and stronger kids helped him to develop his style of protecting the ball and riding tackles.
How did Lionel Messi get spotted ?
He was 8 years old when he was recruited to join the youth system at Newell’s Old Boys, a Rosario club.
Was he a small child?
Yes when he started playing against his own age group it was noticeable that he was smaller than them. After medical tests he was diagnosed by doctors as suffering from a hormone deficiency that restricted his growth. His parents took the tough decision to give Lionel nightly hormone injections, but the costs became an ever increasing problem for them
Lionel Messi height now ?
5 feet 7 inches tall
How did he become an FC Barcelona player?
At first he was approached by the famous River Plate club and they wanted to sign him, but they didn’t want to pay for his medical treatment. Barcelona had also spotted him and the coach Carles Rexach was so impressed he offered Messi a contract (written on paper napkin!) which included paying for Lionel’s treatment in Spain. So that was it, he moved to Barcelona with his father and became part of the prestigious FC Barcelona youth academy.
Lionel Messi once said “I made a lot of sacrifices by leaving Argentina, leaving my family to start a new life. But everything I did, I did for football, to achieve my dream. That’s why I didn’t go out partying, or do a lot of other things”
When did he first play for Barcelona ?
He was just 16 years old and it was the season of 2004/5, he is the youngest player to have scored for Barca on the 1st May 2005. That year he also led Argentina to win the under 20 World Cup.
When did he first win the Champions league?
Success for Messi was almost instant because in 2005/6 he was part of the double winning team which won both La Liga (Spanish League) and Champions League.
What’s his best scoring season ?
In 2012 he scored an amazing 91 goals – beating the previous record of 85 by German striker Gerd Muller, and Pele’s milestone of 75 in 1958.
Has he won FIFA’s world player of the year ?
He hes just won the FIFA Ballon d’Or for a fourth consecutive year.
What is Messi’s future?
In 2012 Lionel Messi turned down a very lucrative offer to play for an unnamed Russian side. It was reported it would have given Messi a salary of €20 million a year. Barcelona would have received €250million and he would have easily become the most expensive player in the world. He is said to earn €16 million a year net, and be worth an estimated €110m.
Lionel Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo ?
Lionel Messi’s beautiful partner and childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo
What are his UEFA achievements?
UEFA Champions League: winner 2006, 2009, 2011
UEFA Champions League: leading scorer 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11
UEFA Super Cup: winner 2009, 2011
UEFA Best Player in Europe: 2011
UEFA Club Footballer of the Year: 2009
UEFA Club Forward of the Year: 2009
UEFA.com users’ Team of the Year: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Does Lionel Messi give back ?
LionelMessi works hard as an ambassador for Unicef.
He has his own charitable foundation – supporting access to education and sport for children. Knowing how costly medical treatment was for his childhood condition he has also helped Argentinian hospitals with paying for similar treatment for youngsters.
With the 2014 world cup not far away, it won’t be long before we witness more great goals from one of the worlds greatest players ever!
By Chris Jones