Lionel Messi is an Argentinian-born professional athlete who is often considered the world’s greatest soccer player. As of 2023, Lionel Messi has a net worth of $600 million that he made as an FC Barcelona striker and winger. On December 18, 2022, the National team of Argentina won the World Cup under the captaincy of Lionel Messi.
On 10 August 2021, it was announced that Messi would transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain. During his time at Barcelona, he scored 672 goals in 778 matches.
Lionel Messi is probably the highest-paid soccer player in the world and certainly one of the highest-paid athletes in the entire world. Messi signed an amazing contract with Barcelona in 2017 that gave him an average base salary of $168 million. He also makes about $40 million a year from advertising, meaning he was making about $200 million a year from this deal.
Lionel Messi Biography
Lionel Messi was born on June 24, 1987, and is 35 years old as of March 2023. He was born in Rosario, Argentina. Messi joined Rosario Football Club at the age of six and played for Newell’s Old Boys.
When Lionel Messi was 10 years old, he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency and his father could no longer pay for treatment. Newell agreed to the donation but later withdrew his promise. Barcelona sports director Carles Rexach offered to pay for his medical bills if Messi could move to Spain. With the approval of Messi’s father, Rexach signed a contract for paper napkins and later in February 2001, the family moved to Barcelona into an apartment near the club’s stadium, Camp Nou.
Messi stayed in Barcelona with his father, and soon he became homesick after his mother and siblings returned to Rosario. A year later, Messi was elected for the Royal Spanish Football Federation to become part of Barcelona’s biggest “Baby Dream Team” of young players.
Lionel Andrés Messi
Leo, Atomic Flea, La Pulga
Date of Birth
24 June 1987
International: On 17 August 2005 Argentina vs Hungary Club: On 16 October 2004 FC Barcelona vs Espanyol
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)
#10 (FC Barcelona) #10 (Argentina)
Escuela Primaria N° 66 “Gral. Las Heras” in Rosario, Argentina
Messi’s parents are Mr. Jorge Horacio Messi and Mrs. Celia Maria Cuccittini. By profession, his father was a metallurgist in a factory and his mother worked as a part-time cleaner.
Messi has three older siblings. His brothers are Rodrigo and Matthias, and his sister is Maria Sol. Whole family played football regularly with cousins Maximiliano and Emanuel Biancucci, who both became professional footballers.
Wife and Children
Lionel Messi’s marital status is married. He has been dating Rosario-born Antonella Roccuzzo since 2008. She was the cousin of his childhood best friend, and they’ve known each other since he was five. They publicly acknowledged their relationship in January 2009. Messi and Roccuzzo were married in Rosario on June 30, 2007. They are blessed with three children: Thiago (2012), Matero (2015), and Ciro (2018).
Messi is still very close to his family, especially his mother. His professional practice is largely run as a family business and his father has been Messi’s agent since he was 14 years old. His older brother, Rodrigo, is in charge of advertising. He has a tattoo of her mother’s face on his left shoulder.
Father: Jorge Horácio Messi Mother: Celia María Cuccittini
Brothers: Rodrigo Messi and Matías Messi Sister: Maria Sol Messi
Lionel Messi is a handsome and smart boy with a dashing personality. Being an athlete, he has a strong physique.
Messi is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 67 kg. He has black hair and mesmerizingly black eyes.
5′ 7″ (1.70 m, 170 cm)
67 kg (150 lbs)
In 2004, Lionel Messi made his league debut against Espanyol at the age of 17 and became the third-youngest player in Barcelona. At that time, he was also the youngest player to score for Barcelona. In the 2005-2006 season, Messi began earning a salary as part of the first team and also received Spanish citizenship.
He also debuted in the Spanish First Division League. Messi was applauded for his first match after scoring alongside superstar Ronaldinho. He scored 6 goals in 17 league games. He scored 1 of 6 goals in the Champions League. In 2006, Messi became the youngest Argentine player to play and score at a FIFA World Cup.
In the 2006-2007 season, after the World Cup, Messi suffered a broken metatarsal injury that took three months to heal. He returned as a secondhand substitute against Racing Santander. In March of that season, he scored a hat-trick against Real Madrid, becoming the first player since Ivan Zamorano to score a hat-trick in an El Clasico. In the 2007-2008 season, Messi led Barcelona to 4th place in La Liga.
He was also nominated as the forward player of the FIFA ProWorld XI Player and Marca newspaper called him the best player in the world. Other newspapers followed suit and said Messi should win the Ballon d’Or. He also won an Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics and eventually won his first tournament in 2009, at the age of 22, and added three more in a row each year. In 2012, he set La Liga and European records for scoring the most goals in a single season. This made him Barcelona’s all-time top goalscorer.
Over the next two seasons, Messi, now captain of Barcelona, finished second to career rival Cristiano Ronaldo at the Ballon d’Or. In 2014, Messi led Argentina to the World Cup final and was awarded the Golden Ball. Messi announced his retirement in 2016, but reversed his decision and led Argentina to the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals. They also placed third at the 2019 America’s Copa. In 2019, Messi was awarded his record 6th Ballon d’Or.
2022 World Cup: On December 18, Messi and his Argentinian teammates won the 2022 FIFA World Cup final against France. Messi scored two goals in the game other than penalties, followed by a penalty shootout as time expired.
One of the most famous and handsome athletes in the world, Lionel Messi has been sponsored by Adidas since 2006, and he is the main brand endorser. He originally signed with Nike at the age of 14 but moved to Adidas and had his sub-brand of boots called “Adidas Messi” in 2008.
Messi renewed his contract with Adidas in 2017 and signed a long-life contract that earned him $25 million per year.
Awards and Achievements
Messi was the first footballer to win the Laureus Award for Best Athlete of the Year. He has won 7 Ballon d’Or awards, the French League title with PSG and was named FIFA World Player of the Year in 2009.
As a La Liga club player in Barcelona, he has won
10 La Liga titles
4 UEFA Champions League titles
3 FIFA Club World Cup trophies
7 Copa del Rey titles
3 UEFA Super Cup titles
6 European Golden Boots
Ligue 1: 2021-22
Trophée des Champions: 2022
FIFA World Youth Championship: 2005
Summer Olympics: 2008
FIFA World Cup: 2022
Copa América: 2021
CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions: 2022
Records (main ones)
The youngest player to win the FIFA Golden Ball twice and three times (23, 24 years old).
Most UEFA European Player of the Year awards (2009, 2011, 2015).
Most awards for the best player in La Liga (2009-2013, 2015).
Top scorer for the national team and club in a year (91 goals in 2012).
La Liga’s top goalscorer (312 goals).
FIFA Club World Cup top goalscorer (together with Luis Suarez and Cesar Delgado).
Most hat-tricks in a La Liga season (8 in 2011-2012, tied with Cristiano Ronaldo).
The only player to score consecutively against all opponents in La Liga (30 goals in 19 matches in 2012-2013).
The only player to have won multiple FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball awards.
He became the youngest player of the year 2013 to score 200 goals in La Liga.
The only player to be the top scorer in all five UEFA Champions League seasons (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015).
The all-time UEFA Champions League hat-trick record (5 hat-tricks).
Messi played 100 UEFA Champions League appearances at 28 years, 84 days and became the youngest player to reach that mark in 2015.
Argentina’s all-time top scorer.
Record holder for a club; In December 2020, after scoring his 644th goal over Pelé.
On 1 June 2022, he tied Cristiano Ronaldo for the International Trophy by leading Argentina to victory in the final against Italy.