Lionel Messi is a great play-maker and a world acclaimed football legend, model and athlete, whose football legendary has crowned him one of the best footballers the world has ever produced. This article is about his Lionel Messi biography, career and other information that will interest you.
LIONEL MESSI BIOGRAPHY
Lionel Messi whose full names are Lionel Andres Leo Messi Cuccittini was born on the 24th of June, 1987 in Rosario, Argentina to his father Jorge Messi and mother Celia Cuccittini. His father worked as a factory steel worker while his mother was a cleaner and Messi is the third child in the family of four children.
He practically began to play football at a very tender age of four years and joined a local club called ‘Grandoi’ which was coached by his father.
Lionel Messi was primarily influenced by his maternal grandmother who always accompanied him for trainings and scheduled matches. However, he also developed his passion further for the round leather game by playing constantly with his older brothers, Rodrigo and Matias including his cousins, Maximiliano and Emmanuel Biancucchi.
Sadly, at the age of eleven years old, he was diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency (GHD) and while at that, he lost his maternal grandmother and was greatly affected by her death. He then relocated to Spain at the age of thirteen years old to join Barcelona who agreed to pay for his medical treatment. After completing his growth hormone deficiency treatment at the age of fourteen years old, he became an integral part of the ‘Baby Dream Team’ and Barcelona’s greatest ever youth side.
Interestingly, because of the love he had for his maternal grandmother and as a devout Catholic, he celebrated his goals anytime he scored by looking u and pointing towards the sky, basically, in a tribute to his maternal grandmother.
In February 2001, he signed to Barcelona and joined the youth academy known as ‘La Masia’ as a junior football player and later proceeded to enroll in February 2002 at the Royal Spanish Football Federation.
LIONEL MESSI FOOTBALL CAREER
Lionel Messi began his football career fully after his first full season in 2002-2003, when he was the top goal scorer with 36 goals in 30 matches for the Cadetes A, which practically won both the Spanish and the Catalan cups. At the close of the season in the Barcelona youth academy, Arsene wenger of arsenal club offered him a chance to join his club which he literally declined and decided to stay with Barcelona up until date.
After his phenomenal time at the Barcelona youth academy, he moved into the senior team at the age of seventeen years in 2004 and therefore established himself as the best player for the club within the next three years despite his deficiency and injuries.
In 2007, he won the Ballon d’Or and the FIFA World Best Player of the Year Award at the age of 22 years old.
LIONEL MESSI AWARDS
As a footballer,Lionel Messi has won for himself 29 trophies with the Catalan giant, Barcelona, which includes 8 La Liga titles, 4 UEFA Champions League titles and 5 Copas Del Rel.
Importantly, too, Messi holds the highest records of goals scored in football history.
LIONEL MESSI FAMILY
He is currently married to Antonella Roccuzzo and they both have three children together.
ENDORSEMENT DEAL – LIONEL MESSI BIOGRAPHY
Messi signed a mouthwatering endorsement deal with Pepsi international amongst other notable deals with other multinational companies which include an airline. He also has a deal with Addidas, Huawei, Ooredoo,Gatorade, Mastercard, Konami, Hawkers and Sirin Labs and others.
CONTROVERSY – LIONEL MESSI BIOGRAPHY
In 2013, Messi and his father were involved in a tax evasion scandal with the Spanish authorities.
In 2016 they were convicted on three counts of tax fraud and were ordered to pay a fine of 1.7 million Euros and 1.4 million Euros respectively.
LIONEL MESSI NET WORTH
Lionel Messi is currently estimated to worth $400 million dollars as at 2020 and he is regarded as one of the richest and influential footballers in the world and of all time.