Lionel Messi (Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini) is an Argentinian football player who plays as a forward and captains both the Argentina national team and Spanish club Barcelona. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of the modern generation. He has won FIFA world player of the year for 4 times. He has usually been described as Diego Maradona’s successor thanks to his ability to dribble past opponents and prolific goal-scoring record.
Short Biography of Lionel Messi
Messi was born on 24 June 1987, in Rosario, Argentina to a working-class family. His mother was a cleaner and his father was a factory steelworker.
Messi started playing football from an early age, and then his talent was soon apparent. However, he was diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency (GHD) at the age of 11. This was a condition that stunted growth and also required expensive medical treatment, especially the use of the drug Human growth hormone.
His local club, River Plate, was interested in signing him, though, didn’t want to pay for his expensive medical treatment. However, Messi was given a trial with FC Barcelona, and coach Carles Rexach was impressed. He offered Messi a contract (written on a paper napkin!), including paying for his treatment in Spain. Messi moved to FC Barcelona with his father and became part of the prestigious Barcelona youth academy.
He progressed through the ranks and was given the chance of his first appearance in the 2004/05 season, which made him become the youngest player to score a league goal. In 2006, he was part of the double-winning team that won both Champions League and La Liga (Spanish League). By next season (2006-07) when aged just 20, Messi was the first choice striker and an essential part of the FC Barcelona – scoring 14 goals in total 26 league games.
In the 2009-10 season, he scored 47 goals in all competitions, equaling to Ronaldo’s record total for Barcelona. Messi kept improving and breaking his own records as the seasons have progressed. In 2012, he broke the world record of all time for most goals scored in a calendar year. His final total of goals in that year was 91 – beating the previous record of 85 by Gerd Muller from German, and Pele’s milestone of 75 in 1958.