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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Messi and the second or maternal family name is Cuccittini.

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Messi and the second or maternal family name is Cuccittini.

Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini[note 1] (Spanish pronunciation: [ljoˈnel anˈdɾez ˈmesi] (listen);[A]born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward and captains both Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentina national team. Often considered the best player in the world and regarded by many as one of the greatest players of all time,[6][7][8] Messi has won a record-tying five Ballon d'Or awards,[note 2] four of which he won consecutively, and a record five European Golden Shoes. He has spent his entire professional career with Barcelona, where he has won a club-record 32 trophies, including nine La Liga titles, four UEFA Champions League titles and six Copas del Rey. Both a prolific goalscorer and a creative playmaker, Messi holds the records for most goals scored in La Liga (404), a La Liga season (50), a club football season in Europe(73), a calendar year (91), El Clásico (26), most hat-tricks in the UEFA Champions League (8), as well as those for most assists in La Liga (162) and the Copa América (11). He has scored over 670 senior career goalsfor club and country.
Lionel Messi

Messi with Argentina in June 2018

Personal informationFull nameLionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini[1]Date of birth24 June 1987 (age 31)[2]Place of birthRosario, ArgentinaHeight1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[3]Playing positionForwardClub information

Current team

BarcelonaNumber10Youth career1994–2000Newell's Old Boys2001–2004BarcelonaSenior career*YearsTeamApps(Gls)2003–2004Barcelona C10(5)2004–2005Barcelona B22(6)2004–Barcelona440(405)National team‡2004–2005Argentina U2018(14)2008Argentina U235(2)2005–Argentina128(65)

Honours

Men's footballRepresenting  ArgentinaOlympic Games2008 BeijingTeamFIFA World CupRunner-up2014 BrazilCopa AméricaRunner-up2007 VenezuelaRunner-up2015 ChileRunner-up2016 United StatesFIFA U-20 World CupWinner2005 NetherlandsSouth American U-20 Championship2005 Colombia

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 February 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 June 2018
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. After a fast progression through Barcelona's youth academy, Messi made his competitive debut aged 17 in October 2004. Despite being injury-prone during his early career, he established himself as an integral player for the club within the next three years, finishing 2007 as a finalist for both the Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year award, a feat he repeated the following year. His first uninterrupted campaign came in the 2008–09 season, during which he helped Barcelona achieve the first treble in Spanish football. At 22 years old, Messi won the Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year award by record voting margins.
Three successful seasons followed, with Messi winning three consecutive FIFA Ballons d'Or, including an unprecedented fourth. During the 2011–12 season, he set the La Liga and European records for most goals scored in a single season, while establishing himself as Barcelona's all-time top scorer in official competitions in March 2012. The following two seasons, Messi finished twice second for the Ballon d'Or behind Cristiano Ronaldo, his perceived career rival. Messi regained his best form during the 2014–15 campaign, breaking the all-time goalscoring records in both La Liga and the Champions League in November 2014,[note 3] and leading Barcelona to a historic second treble.
An Argentine international, Messi is his country's all-time leading goalscorer. At youth level, he won the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship, finishing the tournament with both the Golden Ball and Golden Shoe, and an Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics. His style of play as a diminutive, left-footed dribbler drew comparisons with compatriot Diego Maradona, who declared the teenager his successor. After making his senior debut in August 2005, Messi became the youngest Argentine to play and score in a FIFA World Cup during the 2006 edition, and reached the final of the 2007 Copa América, where he was named young player of the tournament. As the squad's captain from August 2011, he led Argentina to three consecutive finals: the 2014 World Cup, for which he won the Golden Ball, and the 2015and 2016 Copas América. After announcing his international retirement in 2016, he reversed his decision and led his country to qualification for the 2018 World Cup.

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