Who is Lionel Messi?
Lionel Andres Messi Cuccittini, better known as Lionel Messi, is an Argentine professional footballer. He presently plays for the club PSG as well as the Argentina national team. He serves as captain of both teams. He plays at the forward position. Lionel Messi is widely regarded as one of the best players of all time. He spent his whole professional football career at Barcelona. He has a club-record 34 trophies.
With Barcelona, he has won 10 La Liga crowns, four UEFA Champions Leagues, and six Copa del Reys. Messi will have to leave his favourite club Barcelona, where he has won 35 trophies, including 10 league titles and four UEFA Champions League wins, in August 2021. Messi’s departure from the club shocked supporters, and the reason mentioned was the Spanish LaLiga’s financial fair-play laws, which are among the tightest in the world.
During a news appearance on August 8, 2021, a tearful Messi cried farewell to his beloved Barcelona, informing the Catalan media that he had no option but to depart. He stated, “The club did not want to go further into debt.”
He also owns the La Liga record for most goals, the UEFA Champions League record for most hat-tricks, and the Copa America record for most assists. He has over 695 career goals for club and country as of the end of the 2018-19 season. He has a record-tying five Ballon d’Or honours and a record six European Golden Shoes.
Personal Life/Early Life
Lionel Messi was born on June 24, 1987 in Barcelona, Spain. Lionel Andres Messi Cuccittini is his birth name. He was born in Argentina to Jorge Messi and Celia Cuccittini. He is of Argentine origin and of Italian and Spanish descent. His father is the boss of a steel mill, while his mother worked in a magnet manufacturing workshop. He has three siblings.
At the age of ten, he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficit. After he joined with the Spanish team Barcelona, his family migrated to Barcelona. The club agreed to cover his medical expenses. He was homesick in Barcelona when his mother returned to Argentina with his brothers and sister. He resided with his father in Barcelona. His growth hormone therapy was completed when he was 14 years old.
Messi has been in a relationship with Antonela Roccuzzo, a Rosario native, since 2008. He’s known Roccuzzo since he was five years old since she’s the cousin of his childhood best buddy, football star Lucas Scaglia. After holding their relationship quiet for a year, Messi confirmed it in an interview in January 2009, before going public a month later at a carnival in Sitges during the Barcelona–Espanyol rivalry.
Messi and Roccuzzo have three sons: Thiago (born in 2012), Mateo (born in 2015), and Ciro (born 2018). Messi tucked the ball beneath his shirt after scoring in Argentina’s 4–0 victory against Ecuador on 2 June 2012 to celebrate his partner’s first pregnancy, before confirming the pregnancy in an interview two weeks later.
Thiago was born on November 2, 2012, in Barcelona, with Messi attending the birth after being granted permission by Barcelona to leave training. Thiago has his name and handprints tattooed on the back of his left leg. Messi announced in April 2015 that he and his wife were expecting their second child.
He skipped training ahead of a game against Atlético Madrid to attend the birth of his second son, Mateo, on September 11, 2015, in Barcelona. On June 30, 2017, he married Roccuzzo in the Hotel City Center in Rosario, with over 260 people in attendance. His wife revealed on October 15, 2017, that they were expecting their third child. After Ciro was born, Messi missed the match against Málaga on March 10, 2018.
Messi is close to his personal family, notably his mother, Celia, whose visage he has tattooed on his left shoulder. His professional activities are mostly managed by his father, Jorge, who has been his agent since he was 14 years old, and his elder brother, Rodrigo, who controls his daily routine and publicity. In Rosario, his mother and other brother, Matas, oversee his humanitarian foundation, the Leo Messi Foundation, as well as personal and professional affairs.
|Full Name||Lionel Andrés Messi|
|Nick Name||La Pulga Atomica, Leo, Atomic Flea, La Pulga,Messidona|
|Birth Date||24 June 1987 (Wednesday)|
|Age (As of 2022)||35Years|
|Birth Place||Rosario, Argentina|
|Hometown||Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina|
|Hobbies||Playing Football, Playing Video Games, Listening to Music|
|Jersey Number||#10 (FC Barcelona)
|Coach/Mentor||• Salvador Aparicio (Messi’s first coach when he was a child)
• Frank Rijkaard
• Pep Guardiola
|Debut Football||International- On 17 August, 2005 for Argentina against Hungary
Club- On 16 October, 2004 for FC Barcelona against Espanyol
|Club||• Paris Saint-Germain (2021-present)
• FC Barcelona (2004-2021)
• Barcelona B (2004-2005)
• Barcelona C (2003-2004)
• Newell’s Old Boys (1995-2000)
• Grandoli (1992-1995)
|Career Turning Point||When he was playing for Barcelona, he scored a hat-trick against Real Madrid and the game finished in a tie.
|Salary (approx.)||$80 million (as of 2018)
|Net Worth||835 million dollars (his buyout clause with FC Barcelona that commits him to Camp Nou through the 2020-21 season)
|Height(Approx)||In feet & inches: 5’ 7”
In centimters: 170 cm
|Weight(Approx)||In kilograms: 70 kg
In pounds: 154 lbs
Family Background, Education
|Father Name||Jorge Horácio Messi (Steel Factory Worker)
|Mother Name||Celia María Cuccittini
|Siblings||Brother-Rodrigo Messi (Elder; Messi’s business manager), Matías Messi (Elder; Manager of Messi’s professional brands)
Sister– Maria Sol Messi (Younger; Social Media Influencer)
|Education Qualification||Not Known|
Girlfriend, Wife, Marriage
|Girlfriend||Antonella Roccuzzo (Model and Dietician) (2007-2017)
|Wife/Spouse||Antonella Roccuzzo (Model and Dietician)|
|Children||• Thiago Messi Roccuzzo
• Mateo Messi Roccuzzo
• Ciro Messi Roccuzzo
Favorite Things & Assets
|Favorite Actor||Not known|
|Favorite Footballer||Pablo Aimar|
|Favorite TV Show||Not known|
|Favorite Food||Salad, Escalope Milanese|
|Favorite Film||Baby’s Day Out (1994)|
|Favorite Book(s)||El Martin Fierro by Jorge Luis Borges|
|Favorite Comic Character||Not known|
|Car Collection||• Audi Q7
• Audi R8
• Audi R8 GT
• Mini Cooper S Cabriolet
• Ferrari 335S Scaglietti Spider
• Ferrari F430 Spider
• Range Rover Velar
• Toyota Prius
• Maserati Granturismo
• Dodge Charger SRT8
Social Media Accounts
Messi moved to Spain at the age of 13 to join Barcelona, where he made his competitive debut in October 2004 at the age of 17. Within the following three years, he established himself as a vital member of the team, and in his first continuous season in 2008–09, he helped Barcelona capture the first triple in Spanish football; that year, at the age of 22, Messi won his first Ballon d’Or.
Three great seasons followed, with Messi becoming the only player in history to win the Ballon d’Or four times in a row.  During the 2011–12 season, he established La Liga and European records for most goals scored in a single season, cementing his place as Barcelona’s all-time leading scorer.
Messi finished second for the Ballon d’Or the following two seasons, trailing Cristiano Ronaldo (his perceived career rival), before regaining his best form during the 2014–15 season, becoming the all-time top scorer in La Liga and leading Barcelona to a historic second treble, for which he was awarded a fifth Ballon d’Or in 2015. Messi was named Barcelona captain in 2018, and he won a record sixth Ballon d’Or in 2019. He joined with Paris Saint-Germain in August 2021 when his contract expired.
Messi, an Argentine international, is both his country’s most capped player and its all-time top goalscorer. In the youth level, he won the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship, winning both the Golden Ball and the Golden Shoe, as well as an Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics. His small, left-footed dribbling skill attracted similarities to his compatriot Diego Maradona, who identified Messi as his successor.
After making his senior debut in August 2005, Messi became the youngest Argentine to play and score in a FIFA World Cup in 2006, and he reached the final of the 2007 Copa América, when he was named the tournament’s young player. As captain of the team since August 2011, he has led Argentina to three consecutive finals: the 2014 FIFA World Cup, for which he earned the Golden Ball, and the 2015 and 2016 Copa América, for which he also won the Golden Ball.
After declaring his retirement from international football in 2016, he changed his decision and led his country to qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, third place in the 2019 Copa América, and victory in the 2021 Copa América, receiving the Golden Ball and Golden Boot awards for the latter. This feat would earn him a record-tying seventh Ballon d’Or in 2021.
Messi has been an Adidas ambassador since 2006. He was the world’s highest-paid footballer for five years in a row between 2009 and 2014, according to France Football, and Forbes named him the world’s highest-paid athlete in 2019. Messi was named one of Time magazine’s top 100 most important persons in the world in 2011 and 2012. In February 2020, he was named the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year, making him the first footballer and team sport athlete to receive the honor. Later that year, Messi became the second footballer (and the second team-sport athlete) to earn more than $1 billion in his career.
Comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo
Messi is frequently compared and contrasted with Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo among his contemporary peers, as part of an ongoing rivalry that has been compared to past sports rivalries such as the Muhammad Ali–Joe Frazier rivalry in boxing, the Roger Federer–Rafael Nadal rivalry in tennis, and the Senna–Prost rivalry in Formula One motor racing. Although Messi has denied any rivalry, they are commonly thought to compete for the greatest player in the world: since 2008, Messi has won seven Ballons d’Or to Ronaldo’s five, six FIFA World’s Best Player awards to Ronaldo’s five, and six European Golden Shoes to Ronaldo’s four.
Pundits and fans frequently debate both players’ individual merits; aside from their playing styles, the debate also revolves around their differing physiques – Ronaldo is 1.87 m (6 ft 1+12 in) with a muscular build – and contrasting public personalities, with Ronaldo’s self-confidence and theatrics serving as a foil to Messi’s humility. From 2009–10 through 2017–18, Messi played Ronaldo at least twice every season in El Clásico, which is one of the most watched yearly sporting events in the world. Ronaldo is his immediate competition off the field in terms of money, sponsorships, and social media popularity.
Messi has been active in humanitarian activities focused at underprivileged children throughout his career, a devotion that originates in part from the medical issues he suffered as a youngster. Since 2004, he has given his time and money to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), an organization with which Barcelona has a close relationship. Messi has been a UNICEF goodwill ambassador since March 2010, completing his first field assignment for the organization four months later when he traveled to Haiti to raise public awareness about the condition of the country’s children in the aftermath of the recent earthquake.
Since then, he has taken part in UNICEF initiatives aimed at HIV prevention, education, and the social inclusion of handicapped children. In November 2013, Messi and Thiago became part of a media effort to raise awareness of death rates among poor children in honor of his son’s first birthday. In addition to his work with UNICEF, Messi established his own philanthropic organization, the Leo Messi Foundation, which promotes children’s access to health care, education, and sports. It was founded in 2007 as a result of Messi’s visit to a hospital for terminally sick children in Boston, an event that so moved him that he wanted to put a portion of his profits back into society.
Messi’s foundation has given out research grants, funded medical training, and invested in the construction of medical centers and initiatives in Argentina, Spain, and throughout the globe. In addition to his personal fundraising efforts, like as his worldwide “Messi and Friends” football matches, his charity gets financial assistance from a variety of corporations to whom he has allocated his name in endorsement deals, with Adidas serving as the primary sponsor.
Messi has also invested in Argentina’s youth football, financially supporting Sarmiento, a football club based in the Rosario neighborhood where he was born, committing in 2013 to the refurbishment of their facilities and the installation of all-weather pitches, and funding the management of several youth players at Newell’s Old Boys and rival club Rosario Central, as well as River Plate and Boca Juniors in Buenos Aires.
He supported the development of a new gymnasium and dormitories within the club’s stadium for their youth program at Newell’s Old Boys, his childhood club, in 2012. Ernesto Vecchio, his former youth coach at Newell’s, now works as a talent scout for the Leo Messi Foundation.
Messi won a libel lawsuit against La Razón newspaper on June 7, 2016, and was granted €65,000 in damages, which he gave to the charity Médecins Sans Frontières. Messi donated a €1 million ($1.1 million) gift to combat the spread of coronavirus. This was divided between the Clinic Barcelona hospital in Barcelona, Spain, and his home country of Argentina.  In addition, Messi and his FC Barcelona teammates declared that he would take a 70% pay reduction during the 2020 coronavirus emergency, and will give additional funds to the club to cover the wages of all club workers.
In November 2016, when the Argentine Football Association was being managed by a FIFA emergency committee owing to an economic crisis, it was claimed that three of the national team’s security workers notified Messi that they hadn’t received their pay in six months. He stepped in and paid the three members’ salary. Messi donated his Adidas shoes to the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya in February 2021, which he wore when he scored his 644th goal for Barcelona, breaking Pelé’s record for most goals scored for a single club.
The shoes were later auctioned off by the museum in April for charity to help children with cancer and sold for £125,000. In preparation for the 2021 Copa América in Uruguay, Messi donated three signed shirts to the Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac Biotech, whose directors expressed admiration for Messi, in order to secure 50,000 doses of Sinovac’s COVID-19 vaccine, CoronaVac, in the hope of vaccinating all South American football players.
The plan to prioritize football players, negotiated by Uruguay’s president Luis Lacalle Pou, sparked some controversy due to widespread vaccine scarcity in the region, with the Mayor of Canelones in Uruguay remarking that “just as the president manifested cooperation with CONMEBOL to vaccinate for the Copa América, he could just as well have the same consideration for Canelones.”
Messi’s financial affairs were investigated in 2013 for possible tax evasion. Between 2007 and 2009, offshore firms in tax havens Uruguay and Belize were utilized to dodge €4.1 million in sponsorship revenue taxes. In the Panama Papers data dump, an unconnected shell company established in Panama in 2012 was later uncovered as belonging to the Messis. Messi, who claimed unaware of the alleged plot, willingly paid €5.1 million in arrears in August 2013.
On July 6, 2016, Messi and his father were both found guilty of tax evasion and sentenced to 21 months in jail with a suspended sentence and penalties of €1.7 million and €1.4 million, respectively.  In front of the court, he said, “I just finished playing football. I signed the paperwork because I trusted my father and the attorneys, and we had agreed that they would handle such matters.”
Records (main ones)
- The FIFA Ballon d’Or winner is the youngest two-time and three-time winner (23 and 24 years old).
- The majority of UEFA Best Player in Europe awards (2009, 2011, 2015).
- The majority of La Liga’s Best Player honours (2009-2013, 2015).
- Top goal scorer in a calendar year for both nation and club (91 goals in 2012).
- La Liga’s leading scorer (312 goals).
- Top scorer in the FIFA Club World Cup (together with Luis Suárez and César Delgado).
- Most hat-tricks in a single La Liga season (8 in 2011-2012, shared with Cristiano Ronaldo).
- The only player in La Liga to score against all rival teams in a row (30 goals in 19 games in 2012–13).
- The only player to have received the FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball Award several times.
- In 2013, he became the La Liga’s youngest player to reach 200 goals.
- The first player in the history of the UEFA Champions League to become the top scorer in all five seasons (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2015).
- Holds the record for the most hat-tricks in the UEFA Champions League, with five.
- Youngest player to feature in 100 UEFA Champions League games (28 years, 84 days in 2015).
- Argentina’s all-time leading goal scorer.
- All-time leading scorer for a single club; after scoring his 644th goal in December 2020, he will overtake Pele.
Awards, Honours, Achievements
- 2009 FIFA World Player of the Year
- FIFA Ballon d’Or: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019 • European Golden Boot: 2010, 2012, 2013, 2017, 2018
- UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award: 2011, 2015 • La Liga Best Player: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15
- FIFA Club World Cup Final MVP: 2009, 2011 • UEFA Goal of the Season: 2006–07, 2014–15, 2015–16
- He has several additional honours, accolades, and accomplishments to his name.
Wealth and Net Worth
The net worth of this great footballer is reported to be $280 million. He makes $128,000 per day from brand endorsements alone, not including his football salary.
Some Amazing Facts At A Glance About Lionel Messi
- Lionel Messi is one of the most well-known football players in the world. He is regarded as one of the best football players of all time. He is a member of the Argentina national team as well as the Spanish club “FC Barcelona.”
- He showed an early interest in sports and joined the local football team “Grandoli” at the age of four, where he was taught by his father.
- Messi was deeply impacted by the loss of his grandmother, who used to accompany him to training and matches when he was a youngster. Messi celebrates all of his goals by gazing up and pointing to the sky as a respect to her.
- Messi was born in Rosario, Argentina, the same city as Che Guevara, an Argentine revolutionary. Messi is also Rasario’s international ambassador.
- When he was ten years old, he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficit.
- He made his first-team debut on November 16, 2003, at the age of 16 years, 4 months, and 23 days, when he came on in the 75th minute of a friendly match against “FC Porto.”
- Ronaldinho informed his colleagues after witnessing Messi play at the age of 16 that “Messi will become an even greater player than me.”
- Messi is a dual citizen of Spain and Argentina. Despite having spent a significant amount of time in Spain, he declined the opportunity to play for the Spanish national team.
- Carles Rexach (Barcelona Coach) was so fascinated with Messi that he wanted to sign him right away, so he signed a contract with him on a paper napkin; at the moment, Messi only had a napkin on which to write something.
- In 2005, he made his international debut against Hungary, however he only lasted 47 seconds before being issued a “Red Card.”
- He is known as “La Pulga” (The Atomic Flea) in Spanish media because he has a low centre of gravity due to his diminutive size, which gives him increased agility and allows him to change directions fast.
- He is the only player that sprints faster when he has the ball than when he has not. He is mostly a left-handed player.
- Messi is widely regarded as the world’s finest dribbler (a method for propelling the ball towards the opposing goal by travelling with the ball).
- Throughout his career, Messi has been likened to Diego Maradona.
- Messi does not sing Argentina’s National Anthem. In an interview, he stated why he doesn’t sing it, saying, “I get offended by people who criticise you without thinking, therefore I won’t sing the national anthem on purpose.” It’s not necessary for me to sing it in order to experience it. It reaches me, and everyone experiences it in their own unique manner. The Pumas cry because they feel differently, and that’s okay. I always prioritise playing for the national team, and I want to win every game I play.”
- Forbes magazine named him the world’s second-highest-paid athlete in 2015. (after Cristiano Ronaldo).
- In March 2013, a solid gold copy of his left foot weighing 55 pounds (25 kg) and valued at $5.25 million was for sale in Japan to benefit the victims of the 2011 tsunami and earthquake. The blood arteries on his foot, as well as the swirls of skin on the bottom of his foot, are shown in perfect detail on the gold foot.
- “Messi,” a documentary on his life, was created by filmmaker Lex de la Iglesia. In August 2014, the documentary aired at the “Venice Film Festival.”
- Throughout his career, he has been interested in charity initiatives, and in March 2010, he was named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
- He has also established the “Leo Messi Foundation,” which promotes education, health, and sports for youngsters.
- When Messi missed a penalty in the final shootout of Argentina’s “Copa America Final” and Argentina lost to Chile on June 26, 2016, he declared his retirement from international football. He then altered his judgement, and Argentina qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
- His cousin’s best buddy, Lucas Scaglia, who is also a player, is his longstanding girlfriend-turned-wife, Antonella Roccuzzo.
- After Floyd Mayweather, he was named the world’s highest-paid athlete in 2018 by Forbes (with $84 million in salary/winnings).
- For the sixth time, he was chosen Best Player of the Year in 2019, and he received the “Ballon d’Or Award.” This also elevated him to the position of player with the most Ballon d’Or honours, overtaking Cristiano Ronaldo, who has five. Megan Rapinoe was also voted the Ballon d’Or’s “Best Female Player of the Year.”
- Messi won his first championship with Argentina on July 11, 2021, when he defeated Brazil 1-0 in the Copa America final in Rio de Janeiro; Messi had previously been defeated in one World Cup final and three Copa finals with Argentina. Following the game, an emotional Messi told reporters, “I came near numerous times.” I knew it would happen at some point. I thank God for this opportunity to compete against Brazil. “I believe He saved this moment for me.”
- Messi will have to leave his favourite club Barcelona, where he has won 35 trophies, including 10 league titles and four UEFA Champions League wins, in August 2021. Messi’s departure from the club shocked supporters, and the reason mentioned was the Spanish LaLiga’s financial fair-play laws, which are among the tightest in the world. During a news appearance on August 8, 2021, a tearful Messi cried farewell to his beloved Barcelona, informing the Catalan media that he had no option but to depart. He stated, “The club did not want to go further into debt.”