Lionel Messi is FC Barcelona and Argentina’s national team soccer player. He has records for goals and won awards on his way to worldwide recognition as one of the best soccer players.
He has been with Barcelona for the entire career, winning a club-record 33 trophies, including 10 La Liga titles, four UEFA Champions League titles, and six Copas del Rey.
He earned his reputation as one of the biggest players in history, helping his club to win over two dozen league and tournament titles. In 2012, he established a record for most of his goals in a calendar year, and in 2019 was appointed the sixth winner of the European Ballon d’Or.
Lionel Messi is the highest-paid soccer player in the world. Under his previous contract, his annual base salary was $44.68 million. In 2017, he concluded a new contract with Barcelona paying an $80 million base salary. Messi earns an additional $40 million annually from the backing.
Between June 2017 and June 2018, Lionel raised $111 million, including approvals of $30 million. He has a lifetime deal with Adidas.
Between June 2018 and June 2019, he earned a staggering $130 million. Lionel Messi has been featured on the covers of the Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 video games. He and Fernando Torres are the faces of the video game Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 and helped to capture the trailer and motion.
Early Life of Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi was born in Rosario, Argentina, on June 24, 1987. Messi tagged when his two oldest brothers played soccer, unintimidated by the bigger boys, with their friends as a young boy. At the age of 8, he was recruited into the Newell Old Boys youth system, a club based in Rosario.
Recognizably smaller than most children in his age group, Lionel Messi doctors were eventually diagnosed with a hormonal deficiency that limited his growth. Lionel Messi’s parents Jorge and Cecilia decided to inject their son into a regimen of nightly growth hormone injections, although it soon proved impossible to pay several hundred dollars for the medication each month.
At the age of 13, when Lionel Messi was given the opportunity to train at the FC Barcelona Youth Academy in FC Barcelona, La Masia, and have the team covering his medical bills, the Messi family took over and moved over the Atlantic to Spain to become a home. Although he was often homesick in his new country, Messi quickly passed the ranks of the junior system.
The short stature of Messi (5 feet, 7 inches), coupled with his speed and unrelenting attacking style, ultimately compare Messi with Diego Maradona, another renowned Argentine footballer.
Lionel Messi’s Soccer Career and Teams
Argentina and Barcelona FC
Lionel Messi played only for FC Barcelona, where he signed first at the age of 13. He also plays for the national team in Argentina.
By the age of 16, Messi appeared for the first time in FC Barcelona and was on record on 1 May 2005 as the smallest player ever to score a franchise goal. The same year, he led Argentina to the World Cup title for under 20 and won a pair of penalty shots to spur the team across Nigeria.
Lionel Messi was a great success for Barcelona, especially in 2009, when the left-foot team captured the titles of the Champions League, the League, and the Spanish Super Cup. That same year, he took home his first FIFA “World Player of the Year” award / Ballon D’Or Award after two consecutive runners-ups.
Even the great Maradona gushed over his compatriot. “I think he’s very much like me,” the retired BBC player said. “He’s a leader and offers courses in beautiful football. He has something else in the world than any other player.”
Superbly, the football wizard continued to improve, finding new ways to elude advocates and leading Barcelona to the 2010 and 2011 Championships in the League and Spain’s Super Cup and the title ’11 in the Champions League.
In 2012, Messi launched an all-out assault on the record books. He became the first player to score 5 goals in a Champions League match in the beginning of March, and a few weeks later he overtook Cesar Rodriguez’s record of a club of 232 goals to become the leading scorer of Barcelona.
By the end 2012, Messi had accumulated 91 club and international goals, overshadowing the 85 goals netted by Gerd Muller in 1972 in a single calendar year. Fittingly, he broke another record when, for the fourth time in January 2013, he was named the FIFA Ballon d’Or winner.
The great football player returned to earth somewhat that year because hamstring injuries persisted. He regained his record form by becoming the forever leading scorer in La Liga and Champions League in late 2014.
After having helped Barcelona reach a historic second trip in 2015, he received his fifth FIFA Gold Balloon Trophy. Four years later, Messi re-established a new standard for excellence by claiming his sixth Gold Balloon, following a new La Liga title.
Argentina National Team Performance Criticism
Lionel Messi has been successful with Barcelona because he was unable to assist the Argentinean national team in winning a major title. He led “La Albiceleste” to the 2014 World Cup finals and was named tournament player, even though his team lost to Germany.
After Argentina’s second consecutive loss for Chile at the Copa America finals in 2016, Messi announced that he was finishing his run with the national team.
The great soccer player reversed his decision eventually, but his participation in the World Cup 2018 did not give the hoped-for title that elusive. After Lionel Messi scored an early goal of a 2-1 win in Nigeria, helping his team to progress from the band’s stage, his two assists were largely controlled by France and not enough to stop a 4-3 loss, which sent Argentina to pack.
The following year, after Lionel Messi criticized the referee in the semi-finals in Copa America in the wake of a 2-0 loss to Brazil, the South American Football Confederation banned the Argentine Captain from three matches.
Lionel Messi’s Stats
Messi’s all-time highlights for FC Barcelona from August 2019:
Shooting accuracy: 48%
Creating chances: 348
Messi has won six times the FIFA Player of the Year. Six times more than his nearest rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, he also won the European Golden Shoe for top scorer.
Lionel Messi’s Contract and Salary
Lionel Messi signed a new contract with FC Barcelona in 2017 through the 2020-21 season at the age of 34. According to Forbes, he received a signing bonus of $59.6 million. And he’s earning $667,000 a week, more than $80,000 a year. Messi’s buy-out clause was set at 835 million dollars (700 million dollars).
Barcelona opened talks in July 2019 to negotiate the subsequent and 10th contract between Messi and the club.
In addition, Lionel Messi has become almost universally considered to be the best soccer player in the game, with the support of Adidas, Pepsi, EA Sports, and Turkish Airways, among others.
Messi has been the highest-paid world athlete with a salary plus bonuses and endorsements since 2019, according to Forbes, who has bypassed soccer fellow great Ronaldo and basketball star LeBron James.
Scandalous Tax Fraud
Tax Fraud Scandal
Messi was blighted in July 2016 when a Barcelona court found him and his father guilty of three tax fraud counts. During a four-day trial, Messi and his father refused to break the law and argued that they had no knowledge of tax illegalities.
They were both condemned to 21 months ‘ imprisonment, however. According to Spanish law, first offenses under two years are suspended so that they do not go to prison, but Messi has received a fine of EUR 2 million. His father had to pay € 1.5 million.
Messi has been with Antonella Roccuzzo, a fellow Rosario native, since 2008. They have known each other since they were five years old. In January 2009, they publicly confirmed their romance. In June 2007 Messi and Roccuzzo were married in Rosario. Thiago (born 2012), Matero (born 2015), and Ciro (born 2018) are two children.
Messi is still very close to his immediate family, his mother in particular. He’s tattooed her face on his left shoulder. His professional activities are mainly run as a family business, his father being his agent since Messi was 14 years old. His older brother Rodrigo manages his advertising.