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Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccitini, widely known as Lionel “Leo” Messi, is an Argentine professional athlete in the sport of football. Aside from playing as a forward, Messi is also the captain of the Spanish Club Barcelona and the Argentina national team.
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Key Facts & Information
- Lionel Messi was born on June 24, 1987, in Rosario, Argentina.
- Messi was already physically active at a young age.
- As a child, he usually played soccer with his two brothers and their friends.
- He was recruited to join the youth system of Newell’s Old Boys in Rosario when he was only 8 years old.
- Messi was smaller compared to other kids of his age. This was due to a hormone deficiency that stunted his growth.
- In order to solve his condition, Messi’s parents, Jorge and Cecilia, decided to give him hormone injections every night.
- However, medication became a financial struggle for his family.
- When Messi turned 13, he was offered an opportunity to do soccer training in FC Barcelona’s youth academy in La Masia.
- The team covered Messi’s medical bills while he was training.
- His family followed him and moved to Spain.
MESSI’S FOOTBALL CAREER
- Messi’s first team where he plays was FC Barcelona – the team he signed him at the age of 13.
- Messi also plays for the Argentina National Team.
- On May 1, 2005, Messi’s first appearance in FC Barcelona immediately made him popular.
- At the age of 16, he was the youngest player to ever score a goal for the franchise.
- In the same year (2005), Messi led Argentina to the title in the under-20 World Cup, where he scored two penalty kicks to win against the team from Nigeria.
- It was 2009 when Messi became a successful soccer star.
- It was the year when his team won the Champions League, La Liga, and Spanish Cup titles.
- It was also in 2009 when Messi received his first FIFA “World Player of the Year” honor or Ballon d’Or award.
- Lionel Messi, being the soccer wizard that he already was, did not stop improving as he discovered new strategies to distract opponents.
- In the following years of 2010 and 2011, Messi successfully led Barcelona to La Liga and Spanish Super Cup championships.
- He also led his team to win the Champions League title in 2011.
- Messi’s expertise in the field of football allowed him to be deemed as legendary.
- It was in early March of 2012, when he set a record for being the first player who scored five goals in a Champions League.
- In the following weeks of March, Lionel Messi had already surpassed the record of Cesar Rodriguez, who scored 232 goals, to be known as Barcelona’s all-time leading scorer.
- As 2012 ended, Messi had recorded an outstanding 91 goals.
- His record surpassed another that was set by Gerd Muller in 1972, who only accumulated 85 goals in a single year
- Messi once again broke another record when he received his fourth Ballon d’Or honor in January 2013.
- However, Messi rested in 2013 due to the pain from a hamstring injury.
- Messi’s proved his recovery time was worthwhile the following year (2014) as he become the all-time leading scorer in La Liga and Champions League.
- In 2015, he again received—now his fifth—Ballon d’Or honor.
ARGENTINA NATIONAL TEAM
- Although Messi was known for leading FC Barcelona to success, he was criticized for his inability to help Argentina’s National team to win a major title.
- In the finals of the 2014 World Cup, Messi led Argentina to the title of “La Albiceleste.”
- However, his team failed to win against the team from Germany.
- Lionel Messi announced that he would end his run as a captain for Argentina’s National Team in 2016, right after it lost against Chile in the final of the Copa America tournament.
- However, he did not quit. But the major title in the World Cup 2018 remained elusive for his team.
- Lionel Messi faced a three-game ban by the South American Football Confederation in 2019, after he heavily criticized the referees in the wake of a 2-0 loss to Brazil in the Copa America semifinals.
LIONEL MESSI’S STATS
- Messi has a total of 687 game appearances.
- His goals accumulate to a total of 603.
- Messi has a record 251 assists.
- He has a 48 percent shot accuracy.
WIFE AND SONS
- On June 30, 2017, Messi married Antonella Roccuzzo, his longtime girlfriend and the cousin of his best friend and fellow soccer player Lucas Scaglia.
- They have two sons together: Thiago, born in November 2012 , and Mateo, born in September 2015.
Lionel Messi Worksheets
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