Lionel Andres Messi
One of the greatest Argentine professional football players of the modern generation “Lionel Andres Messi” was born on June 24, 1987, in Rosario, Argentina, nickname as “Leo”. Messi grew up in the big family having two elder brothers Matias and Rodrigo and Sister Maria Sol. Messi’s father Jorge Horacio worked at a steel factory, but in extra time he coached a youth football team and his mother Celia Maria worked in the service sector.
At the age of 5, Messi joined the “Grandoli” Club from the support of his beloved grandmother. Messi was a hard-working student at school but he was dedicated to football. At the age of 7 (1994-2000), Messi played for the local professional club “Newells Old Boys” being a member of the youth team and promising player he received his first award “The Friendship Cup of Peru”.
Messi was diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency at the age of 11 but this truth didn’t stop the world-famous footballer. At the age of 13 (2001), Barcelona offered a contract that included treatment in Spain and to be part of the FC Barcelona youth academy.
5 feet 7 inches tall, 30 – years – old incredible Argentine footballer plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentina National Team. He gave his first appearance in 2004/05 season becoming the youngest player to score a league goal. In 2006, Messi was the part of the winning team who won both the Spanish League and Champions League.
At the age of 20, he was the first choice striker scoring 14 goals in 26 league games. Messi kept improving and breaking his own record. In 2012 he broke the all-time world record for the most goal scored in a calendar year his total score was 91 defeating earlier record 85 by German Gerd Muller and 75 by Pele.
Messi has spent his entire career with Barcelona who won 5 European Golden Shoes, 32 trophies including 9 La Liga titles, 4 UEFA Champions League title, 6 Copas del Rey.
All-time leading goal scorer Messi in his country at youth level won 2005 FIFA world youth championship with Golden Ball and Golden Shoe, Olympic gold medal at 2008 Summer Olympics.
He has scored over 600 career goals for Club Barcelona and country Argentina. Messi has been often compared to Real Madrid goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo but both of them have been intense to downplay the rivalry.
Being loyal to FC Barcelona he is one of the highest-paid footballers in the world. His salary is estimated worth € 16 million net a year not only salary as an income Messi has a sponsorship with Adidas, Pepsi, Dolce & Gabbana, and Air Europa. Total net wealth is estimated at € 110 million.
At the age of 19, Messi had a girlfriend Macarena Lemos, Macarena was introduced to Messi by her father but the relationship did not last long. In 2006 Messi starting dating a model Luistana Salazar but their relationship did not last too. Messi met his childhood charismatic girl Antonella Rokuzzo.
On November 2, 2012, they welcomed a baby boy named Thiago and another baby boy as Mateo in April 2015, and the couple married in July 2017 in front of their younger sons. On March 10, 2018, Antonella gave birth to a third son, named as Ciro. Messi has a modest lifestyle, lives in Bellamar. House is decorated in Mediterranean style with light-colored walls and wooden floors.
In July 2016 the Barcelona Court found Messi and his father guilty for tax fraud, Messi had to pay € 2 million and his father € 1.5 million.
Besides all this Messi was named as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and runs his own charitable foundation “The Lionel Messi Foundation” supporting education, sports for sick children, health care. Messi donated € 670000 for the refurbishment of a children hospital in his hometown.
In 2010 with the support of UNICEF in Mexico 100 thousand Euros were donated for an education program. In 2012 Messi sponsor 12 – year – old boy medical bills for six years who was suffering from growth hormone deficiency.