Real name       : Lionel Andres Messi
Date of birth    : June 24, 1987
Born in            : Rosario, Argentina


Lionel Andres Messi or better known as Lionel Messi is a Barcelona and Argentine national team striker. He has the nicknames among others the Flea alias La Pulga, El Messiah (Rescuer) and King Leo. Nickname itself obtained Messi from his brother, Rodrigo. This is because Messi's posture is smaller than his friends. Even so, his shrewdness to play the ball ushered in Barcelona as one of the strongest teams in La Liga.

But before the famous as it is today, Messi grew up with both brothers Rodrigo and Matias. As well as a younger sister of Maria Sol. The third son of steelworkers and housemaids Jorge Horacio Messi and Celia Maria was born in Rosario, Santa Fe Province, Argentina, June 24, 1987.

Football experience earned this 26-year-old player since he was 5 years old. At such a very young age, little Messi has played for his father's football club, Grandiola. Spent 3 years playing with the Grandiola squad, Messi decided to move to Newell's Old Boys at the age of the 8th.

Growing up and developing as a lively and fond kid playing ball, this heavy opponent Cristiano Ronaldo was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency at the age of 11 years. Bad family finances make Messi's parents can not pay the cost of hormone therapy for 500 thousand pounds (9 billion) every month. For that the father was looking for a football club who could pay for his son's treatment and meet him with Carles Rexach, Director of Barcelona football club (1996).

Joining a prominent club in Spain, Messi showed brilliant talent. His capable ability to make this fiancee Antonella Roccuzo did not take a long time to get into the senior team of FC Barcelona. At the age of 17 years and in his first season, Messi scored the first goal on May 1, 2005, as well recorded as the youngest player Barcelona who managed to donate a goal for his club.

Messi's career in Barcelona is getting brilliant. This is evident from the contract extension made by the red-purple ball club to him until June 2014. 2005-2006 season to witness the greatness of Messi. He contributed 6 goals from a total of 17 leagues. Unfortunately the action Messi stalled with a muscle injury in the right thigh against Chelsea in the Champions League, March 2006. He was no longer playing until the end of the season.

A year after the injury, Ronaldinho's successor was a resounding comeback in the derby against arch rivals Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid. La Masia school graduate was a successful hat trick in El Clasico match despite the end of the game 3-3 draw. Hattrick Messi admitted to be able to motivate the players at that time.

2011-2012 season can be regarded as the golden age of Messi. He has scored 232 goals throughout his career, beating previous record holder Cesar Rodriguez. He is also noted as the first player in history to be awarded 4 times World Player of the Year title in FIFA Ballon d'Or (2009-2012). Successive victories also achieved Messi when he won three awards Golden Shoe is usually given to the best players in the European arena.

Messi also collected awards from UEFA including 4 times Top Skorer in the Champions League (2009-2012), UEFA Player of the Year 2011 (Best Player in Europe Award) and Man of the Match in the Champions League final 2011. While his contribution to Barca is to lead the club win 6 Spanish La Liga trophies, 2 Copa del Rey, 5 Super Copa titles and 4 Champions League trophies.

In addition to achievements with FC Barcelona, ​​Messi showed a satisfactory achievement when defending Argentina national team. Argentina's victory with Messi include U-20 World Cup Winner 2005 and 2008 Beijing Olympic Champion. Thiago Messi's father debuted with Team Tango Senior on August 17, 2005 and became the youngest 18-year-old Argentine to compete in the 2006 World Cup.


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