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Top 10 Facts About Lionel Messi

Top 10 Facts About Lionel Messi

It is almost impossible to discuss football without making mention of one of the world's greatest, Lionel Messi. Born of a dual origin (Argentina and Spain), the football star has played for the two countries on a professional level; one as Captain of the National Argentina football team and the other as Captain of Barcelona FC.
 

Lionel Andrés Messi was born in Rosario, Argentina on the 24th of June in the year 1987 in Rosario, Argentina. Little did his parents, Jorge Messi and Celia María Cuccittini know that a soccer legend had just been birthed as the name Lionel Messi would continue to ring bells for a very long time to come.

Here are some of the top facts about the legendary superstar, Lionel Messi. 

Top 10 Facts About Lionel Messi

 

1. Record Breaker with 7 Ballon d’Or 

History would never forget the legendary player who broke all records and raised the bar as the highest Ballon d'Or holder. On the 29th of November 2021, Lionel Messi won yet another Ballon d'Or award; the 7th one.

Before this time, Messi had won 6 Ballon d'Or as a Barcelona player. This is the highest any footballer has ever won and we are definitely looking forward to what 2022 would bring. 

 

2. Greatest of All Time (G.O.A.T)

With Messi's talent and popularity, one would assume him to have bagged as many international awards as the number of scored goals. However, this isn't so. He won his first international award in 2021. This was when he participated in the Copa America 2021 games as a member and captain of the Argentina national team.  

The award was his very first international award in all 16 years of playing in the Argentina team. This victory earned him the title of being the "Greatest Of All Time" popularly abbreviated as G.O.A.T by his fans. 

 

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3. Star Boy with the Unique Entry into World Class Soccer

Well, Carles Rexach of Barcelona FC deserves some accolades for his foresight. In the year 2000, Messi was scouted as a young talent by Carles, who was a former Barcelona player.  

He recognized the raw talent and made the move to sign him into the football club. There was no paper to sign on so the contract was signed on a napkin. This gesture ushered Lionel Messi into the world of professional soccer at just 13 years of age. 

 

Top 10 Facts About Lionel Messi

4. The Million Dollar Player with A Humble Beginning

Lionel Messi, as a child suffered some health challenges. The root cause of this was traced to his inability to develop as expected.

At 11 years of age, Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency (GHD). This is a condition known for hindering the normal growth rate and underdevelopment of vital organs of the body such as the skin and teeth. The condition could be treated by receiving shots of the Human Growth Hormone (HGH). However, it cost about $900 a month which couldn't be afforded by Messi's family at the time. The medical bill was later taken care of by Barcelona FC as a means of luring him to play for the club. 

Top 10 Facts About Lionel Messi
  

5. Top Goal Scorer of All Time

As team captain of Barcelona FC as well as the Argentina National Team, Lionel Messi has scored a total of 700 goals. 

He debuted as a professional footballer in the year 2004 and has never faltered in living up to his title of being the GOAT. He has topped the list of goal scorers across various competitions such as La Liga and Copa del Rey. He has also maintained the same status while playing for the Argentina National team.  

 

6. Guinness World Book of Record Holder

The year 2012 was a remarkable period for the legendary player. With a total of 91 goals in just one year, Lionel Messi was able to beat the preexisting 1972 record of Gerd Müller. 

For 40 years, Gerd had been holding the record of scoring 85 goals in a year. This was of course before the GOAT started playing. The 91 goals scored by the Argentine comprised 79 for Barcelona (59 in La Liga, 13 in the Champions League, 5 in the Copa del Rey, and 2 in the Spanish Super Cup) and 12 for Argentina.  

 

7. One-Time Youngest Barcelona Member

At the age of 17, Messi was signed into the Spanish club, Barcelona FC as a professional player. This earned him the title of being the youngest player to be signed into the team at the time. 

In the year 2005, he also scores the first professional goal for the club making him the youngest player to ever achieve this feat. 

Top 10 Facts About Lionel Messi

 

8. Hubby To One, Father of Two

Yes, even the greatest player of all time had some life outside football. His wife, Antonella Roccuzzo was his childhood sweetheart. They had been buddies since they were 5 years old before they officially tied the knot in June 2017 with over 260 guests in attendance. 

The wedding was star-studded as lots of celebrities and soccer players graced the occasion. Together, they have two sons: Thiago and Mateo. His first son, Thiago is an official member of the Argentine club, the Newell's Old Boys Soccer club. He was signed into the club just three days after he was born. 

 

9. Net Worth

According to Forbes magazine, the star player is known to be one of the highest-paid soccer players. His net worth is estimated to be $80 million. This sure is a lot of money but it isn't surprising considering the player's talent and achievements. 

Despite this, Lionel Messi has made his true love and passion for soccer known. He also went ahead to state that he would still be happy to play even if he wasn't getting paid at all. 

Top 10 Facts About Lionel Messi

 

10. Multiple Trophies and Awards Recipient

So far, Lionel Messi's journey in the world of soccer has proved to be a fruitful one, with lots of awards and trophies to show for it. Some of the trophies and achievements he has ever won are listed below:

  • In 2014, he received a trophy for qualifying as a FIFA World Cup Finalist
  • He was a gold medalist in the 2008 Olympics Games held in Beijing, China. 
  • Messi also got a trophy at the under 20 World Cup in 2005
  • His first international trophy was received in 2021 during the Copa America. This earned him the GOAT title.
  • He has received a total of 7 Ballon d'Or, the highest any player has ever won.
  • He won a Golden Ball award during the 2014 world cup.
  • He has received 6 awards for being the top scorer in the Champions Leagues.
  • Lionel Messi also has 6 European Golden Shoe awards to his name.

Other awards won by the star player include 10 La Liga titles, 7 Copa del Rey titles as well as 4 UEFA Champions Leagues. 

The legendary GOAT is also famous for his numerous individual achievements such as most efficient La Liga goalscorer with a total of 474 goals, and a total of 36 hat-tricks in La Liga which is the highest anyone has ever achieved. 

He also holds a record for the most assists comprising 192 assists in La Liga and 17 in the Copa América. With a total of over 750 goals to his name, Lionel Andés Messi is definitely a force to reckon with. 

 

Bottom Line

No doubt, there are many star players in the world of soccer today. However, there is only one Lionel Messi. As brilliant and fierce as this legend is on the football pitch, he also takes time to balance his married life. On days when he isn't working, he enjoys spending quality time at home, playing video games, or simply having fun with his family. His numerous achievements make him one of the best role models ever for those who wish to follow in his path.