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Overview (4)

Born in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
Birth NameLionel Andrés Messi
Nickname La Pulga
Height 5' 6½" (1.69 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Lionel Messi is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team. He has won the FIFA Ballon d'Or five times, four of them consecutively. Born and raised in central Argentina, Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency as a child. At age 13, he relocated to Spain to join Barcelona, who agreed to pay for his medical treatment. Messi made his first competitive debut aged 17 in October 2004.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Amadeu

Lionel Messi is a football player from Argentina who plays for FC Barcelona. He has won the Ballon D'Or, the annual award given to the best player in the world, five times. He was born in 1987 in Rosario, Argentina's third-biggest city. He showed an enormous aptitude for football and was in the youth teams for Newell's Old Boys, his local team. Faced with mounting medical expenses to treat a growth hormone condition, Messi's family accepted an offer to move the 13-year-old prodigy to FC Barcelona, who would pay for his treatment. Messi has gone on to become one of the most decorated players in football history and has broken countless records for his club and his country.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Amazon Studios

Spouse (1)

Antonella Roccuzzo (30 June 2017 - present) ( 3 children)

Trade Mark (2)

Short stature
Number 10 shirt for FC Barcelona and Argentina

Trivia (25)

Playing for FC Barcelona in La Liga (Spain) since 2004.
World Soccer Young Player of the Year: 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Very friend of Sergio Agüero.
Won with Argentina Youth Team at the 2005 FIFA U20 World Cup. He was the leading scorer and the best player of the competition.
Won the gold medal with Argentina Olympic Football Team at the 2008 Olympic Games.
Is the second Argentine to win a Ballon d'Or. The first being Alfredo Di Stéfano.
Son of Jorge Horácio Messi and Celia María Cuccittini.
Won the Ballon d'Or five times: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.
Became a father for the 1st time at age 25 when his girlfriend Antonella Rocuzzo gave birth to their son Thiago Messi on November 2, 2012.
Spain League's Top Scorer: 2009-10, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2016-17, 2017-18.
Moved to Spain at the age 13.
He began his professional soccer career at the age of 17.
Became a father for the 2nd time at age 28 when his girlfriend Antonella Rocuzzo gave birth to their son Mateo Messi on September 11, 2015.
Won the EFE Trophy as the best Ibero-American in La Liga five times: 2006-07, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12.
Has been a UNICEF goodwill ambassador.[March 2010].
Finalist with Argentina National Football Team of the 2007 America Cup, 2014 FIFA World Cup, 2015 America Cup and 2016 Centennial America Cup.
Became the father for the third time on March 10, 2018. His wife Antonella gave birth to their third child, a boy named Ciro.
Played for Argentina in the 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cups.
2012: Guinness World Record as top goalscorer for club and country with 91 goals.
IFFHS World's Top Scorer: 2011 and 2012.
(March 16, 2014) FC Barcelona's all-time top scorer.
(November 22, 2014) La Liga's all-time top scorer.
Won the Golden Ball award at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Scored goals for FC Barcelona during the finals matches of the Copa del Rey 2009, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Scored goals for FC Barcelona during the finals matches of the UEFA Champions League 2009 and 2011.

Personal Quotes (38)

Sometimes you have to accept you can't win all the time.
There are more important things in life than winning or losing a game.
You have to fight to reach your dream. You have to sacrifice and work hard for it.
You have to show up in the World Cup, and in the World Cup anything can happen.
I always thought I wanted to play professionally, and I always knew that to do that I'd have to make a lot of sacrifices. I made sacrifices by leaving Argentina, leaving my family to start a new life. I changed my friends, my people. Everything. But everything I did, I did for football, to achieve my dream.
I prefer to win titles with the team ahead of individual awards or scoring more goals than anyone else. I'm more worried about being a good person than being the best football player in the world. When all this is over, what are you left with? When I retire, I hope I am remembered for being a decent guy.
What I do is play soccer, which is what I like.
I repeat what I always say: I want the best for Argentina in every way. I never try to make trouble for anybody.
There's nothing more satisfying than seeing a happy and smiling child. I always help in any way I can, even if it's just by signing an autograph. A child's smile is worth more than all the money in the world.
I'm lucky to be part of a team who help to make me look good, and they deserve as much of the credit for my success as I do for the hard work we have all put in on the training ground.
The day you think there is no improvements to be made is a sad one for any player.
I have fun like a child in the street. When the day comes when I'm not enjoying it, I will leave football.
I want to concentrate on winning things with Barcelona and Argentina. Then if people want to say nice things about me when I have retired, great. Right now, I need to concentrate on being part of a team - not just on me.
I have many years to get better and better, and that has to be my ambition. The day you think there is no improvements to be made is a sad one for any player.
The truth is my idea has been to always stay at Barcelona and see out the rest of my career here. Like I always say, one doesn't know what can happen in the future, but if it were up to me to decide, I would stay at Barcelona for the rest of my career.
It's scoring goals that's great, whether against Brazil or anybody else.
Being named among the best at something is special and beautiful. But if there are no titles, nothing is won.
Money is not a motivating factor. Money doesn't thrill me or make me play better because there are benefits to being wealthy. I'm just happy with a ball at my feet. My motivation comes from playing the game I love. If I wasn't paid to be a professional footballer I would willingly play for nothing.
The truth is that I don't have a favourite goal. I remember important goals more than I do favourite goals, like goals in the Champions League where I had the opportunity to have scored in both finals I have played in. Finals in the World Cup or Copa del Rey are the ones that have stayed with me for longer or that I remember more.
In football as in watchmaking, talent and elegance mean nothing without rigour and precision.
It seems like people want to blame me for everything. Whenever any issue arises, I'm said to have been involved even if I've had nothing to do with it. That's why I always focus on what I know, which is playing football, and try to be very careful with what I say because people always try and twist things.
Like I've said many times before, I'm always more likely to remember goals for their importance rather than if they're beautiful or not. Goals scored in finals, for example.
You cannot allow your desire to be a winner to be diminished by achieving success before and I believe there is room for improvement in every sportsman.
I am competitive and I feel bad when we lose. You can see it in me when we've lost. I'm in a bad way. I don't like to talk to anyone.
When the year starts the objective is to win it all with the team, personal records are secondary.
For my part, I try to do my bit to make people's lives more bearable, in particular children across the globe who are having problems.
I've never stopped being Argentine, and I've never wanted to. I feel very proud of being Argentine, even though I left there. I've been clear about this since I was very young, and I never wanted to change. Barcelona is my home because both the club and the people here have given me everything, but I won't stop being Argentine.
On a personal note, I think it won't be until after I've retired that I'm fully aware of what I've done or what I've gone on to achieve in my career.
I've never stopped being Argentine, and I've never wanted to. I feel very proud of being Argentine, even though I left there. I've been clear about this since I was very young, and I never wanted to change.
I've always really just liked football, and I've always devoted a lot of time to it. When I was a kid, my friends would call me to go out with them, but I would stay home because I had practice the next day.
We will not take Arsenal lightly for one minute, as they showed in the two matches against us last season that they can be dangerous opponents if we lose our concentration for a moment.
Today I am the happiest man in the world, my son was born and thanks to God for this gift.
Every year I try to grow as a player and not get stuck in a rut. I try to improve my game in every way possible. But that trait is not something I've worked on, it's part of me.
I never think about the play or visualize anything. I do what comes to me at that moment. Instinct. It has always been that way.
Whether it's a friendly match, or for points, or a final, or any game - I play the same. I'm always trying to be my best, first for my team, for myself, for the fans, and to try and win.
Nah, I've always had a great relationship with my two brothers, I have always had their support in my football and in everything. They've been very close to me and we have a great relationship.
It's not so easy for us when we play teams who have a different mindset, like Chelsea or Inter Milan, because they have the intention of trying to stop us rather than playing a game that is more attractive for the spectators to enjoy.
I've always really just liked football, and I've always devoted a lot of time to it. When I was a kid, my friends would call me to go out with them, but I would stay home because I had practice the next day. I like going out, but you have to know when you can and when you can't.

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