Lionel Messi

  • Lionel Andrés "Leo" Messi is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team.
  • Messi is the only player in history to win five FIFA Ballon d'Or awards,four of which he won consecutively, and a record-tying four European Golden Shoes.
  • He has won 29 trophies with Barcelona, including eight La Liga titles, four UEFA Champions League titles, and five Copas del Rey.
  • Messi holds the records for most official goals scored in La Liga (349), a La Liga season (50) and a club football season in Europe (73), a calendar year (91).
  • He has scored over 500 senior career goals for club and country.
  • Born and raised in central Argentina, Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency as a child.
  • At age 13, he relocated to Spain to join Barcelona, who agreed to pay for his medical treatment.
  • After a fast progression through Barcelona's youth academy, Messi made his competitive debut aged 17 in October 2004.
  • His first uninterrupted campaign came in the 2008–09 season, during which he helped Barcelona achieve the first treble in Spanish football.
  • At 22 years old, Messi won the Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year award by record voting margins.
  • Messi regained his best form during the 2014–15 campaign, breaking the all-time goalscoring records in both La Liga and the Champions League.

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