Lionel Messi is a professional football player, who has achieved greater highs in his career. The Biography of Lionel Messi his Photos and Images show how dedicated he is towards his passion for playing football. Other than this he has yet faced criticism and a lot of comparisons are made between him and Ronaldo for being the G.O.A.T. According to the Birthday of Lionel Messi, his age is 33 years old. He plays as a captain for both his teams the national as well as Barcelona. And has led them to many victories and continues to do so.

Lionel Messi Childhood

Images of Lionel Messi from his Birthday to becoming a teenager
Chilhood Images of Lionel Messi

Messi was born in Rosario, Argentina to a family of four siblings being the third one. The Birthday of Lionel Messi is on 24th June and was born in the year 1987. His family was in love with this sport, and leading him to develop the same love at a very early age in his life. And all of this leads him to join his first club at the age of four. He was coached by his father but his inspiration and support system was his grandmother.

He lost his grandmother at the age of eleven and since then, he has always found a way to pay tribute to her. After each goal, he scores he points towards the sky and remembers his grandmother. But his childhood was not so easy. In the Biography of Lionel Messi football is the most important aspect and his career was in danger at the age of 10. He was diagnosed with Growth Hormone Deficiency. But the family struggled and help him fight this disease.

Later, in 2000 the family arranged a trial with Barcelona, seeing his skill of playing the game. Though he was selected he struggled to mingle with the team, being the only foreigner in the team. And was only allowed to play friendly matches. But, later in 2002, with a year of playing with the youth club of Barcelona, he was finally allowed to play all the matches once he got Spanish Citizenship.

Image depicting Leo dedicating his goal to his grandmother
Photos of Lionel Messi dedicating the scored goal to his Grandma

Club Career of Lionel Messi

Messi has played for only one club from the very beginning of his career for one team Club only, that is Barcelona. He joined the youth club and made it to the senior team within a span of two years. His first season for the team was in 2003-04. At that time Lionel Messi was only 16 years old. In his first match, he entered in the 75th minute. And by the end of the match, he had attempted to shots on the goal and scored once.

The team coach said, “it was as if he was playing with this all his life”. Nobody believed a player so young with such talent. Images of Lionel Messi are proof to all of this, where he looks so young, playing with athletes all around the world. And leaving a significant impression on people. He rose through the ranks and is currently the captain of the same team. He also leads them to win various tournaments in his time.

First Major Contract

The first major contract, to become one of the starting eleven players were signed by Lionel Messi on his 18th Birthday. They had signed him till 2010 with a €150 million buyout clause. And he gave a good performance in his first season itself. And with this also came a threat to the team losing Lionel Messi, because of the performance he had given.

After his performance against Capello, he offered him to lend a €150 million buyout clause, and Inter Milan offered him the buyout amount as well as wages thrice than he was receiving. At that point, Barcelona changed their contract and signed him up till 2014. Later he was also a part of the champions league 2005-06, where Barcelona won the trophy. But, Messi did not play any match after the round of 16, due to injury. Owing to this he did not even celebrate his team’s victory that season.

After this season, Barcelona started facing problems of not performing well and Messi then established himself as the best player in the team. In the next season of Champions League, Barcelona was out in the round of 16 itself. But Messi was only part of the championship towards the later half scoring 11 goals. If you see the Biography of Lionel Messi, he has faced a lot of injuries but has never let it affect his performance once back on the field.

Photos of Lionel Messi when he started to play for Barcelona as a teenager
Young Images of Lionel Messi

Sustaining his Performance

For the very first time, Messi had an injury-free season. 2008-09 in which he scored phenomenally with 38 goals in 51 matches. In the same season, he was the top scorer of the champions league as well as the youngest, with nine goals in his name. He then scored goals in the quarters, semis, and the finals. And Barcelona again won the title of the Champions League.

Biography of Lionel Messi holding the Champions Trophy in his hands
Photos of Lionel Messi holding the Champions Trophy

This added up to Lionel Messi’s career. And he signed a new contract with the club with a buyout clause of €250 million with his salary increasing to €12 million and a contract that extended to 2016. The team’s performance continued making them win the highest six trophies in a single season, and then also winning the FIFA Club World Cup in the same year. Messi in this season won the Ballon d’Or award and FIFA Player of the Year award with the highest margin in history.

Lionel Messi receiving his Golden Ball for FIFA Club World Cup 2011 from Neymar Jr.
Photos of Lionel Messi & Neymar during giving his Golden Ball

Lionel Messi played as if he was made for this since his Birthday. Messi with improving his skills by the 2011-12 season became a deadly combination of a scorer, assistant, and creator. He scored 73 goals with 29 assistants in this season. And won the Ballon d’Or award thrice in a row with the UEFA Best Player Award, which is the best award for Europe.

The Breakthrough Year

Following such a success, Lionel Messi had the best year of his career in 2012. He broke several records that year. Starting with scoring five times in the Champions League Last Round of 16 Match. And on 20th March, Messi became the top scorer of Barcelona with 232 goals.

He scored 50 goals in La Liga, with a total of 73 goals in the including every tournament. And became the highest-scoring player in La Liga. He broke records of Great Legends and ended up his year with 91 goals for the club as well as Argentina. He also holds this record in the Guinness Book of World Record. The person with the highest number of goals in one calendar year before him was Gerd Müller. And Messi being the person he is, sent him a signed number 10 jersey with “with respect and admiration” written on it.

Journey within the Team

Lionel Messi has been a part of this team ever since. And now his contract has a buyout clause of €700 million. And he has given everything to this team, but now in 2020, he wished to leave the team seeking for his other plans. But the team did not allow it as somebody had to buy him or he had to give his decision of leaving by the end of May 2020.

Messi had to go to court to solve this issue. But he did not want to take the team that has given him everything to court and thus he decided to stay till the end of his contract. And value them for all that they had given him in his life.

Leo clicked during one of his practice sessions for his club
Photos of Lionel Messi during Practice sessions

International Career of Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi was eligible to play for Argentina as well as Spain, as he had acquired the citizenship. But he selected Argentina. And a few days after the 17th Birthday of Lionel Messi he chose the Argentina team to represent them in the junior team. But seeing his performance he was called just after turning 18 to represent the country and make his FIFA World Cup debut.

By the time Messi evolved and became a better player day by day, he led the team to the finals of Copa America. Where he also used a different tactic to win matches when he came in the last 25 minutes of the play itself. After a great season after 2008 of reaching the finals and winning the Olympic Gold, the team faced a decline in their performance.

Seeing the decline the old Captain of the team was replaced. And 24-year-old Lionel Messi was selected as the captain. Messi leads the team with an example, being the best player. And that is what led the team to improve their performance. A year under his captaincy, the team made it to the FIFA World Cup with high spirits after their performance in the Qualifiers for round of 32.

During the starting of the 2014 World Cup, there were doubts about Messi’s performance. But his performance and captaincy led to Argentina being a part of the finals. But lost it with 1-0 to Germany, and Messi won the Golden Ball Award. And also gave an appearance in the Copa America Finals 2015.

Lionel Messi waiting for his shot at the Penalty in 2014 World Cup final against Germany
Image of Lionel Messi during 2014 World-Cup Final

Owing to a back injury Messi had considered getting retired from international cricket in 2018. But had reversed his decision. And still continues to play for his country and will represent them in World Cup

Personal Life

Lionel Messi is a family man. He has always loved spending time with his family and has valued them. We know this by how he has kept his family home in Rosario his hometown. And travels for family dinners whenever possible. In the Biography of Lionel Messi, his family is the one who has been there for him, during his injuries.

He is now married to his childhood friend and partner. Who is the cousin of his best friend. He made his relationship public in 2009 with  Antonella Roccuzzo and married her on 10th June 2017 in their hometown. Where their eldest son walked down the aisle with them.

Photos of Lionel Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo during their marriage ceremony with their eldest son
Photos of Lionel Messi marriage with his partner

Lionel Messi is now a father of three sons. His eldest son is Thiago born in 2012, Mate born in 2015, and Ciro born in 2018. And shares a very intimate relationship with them. He has missed matches and practice sessions just to be with his partner. And that shows his love for his family.

Family Photo of Lionel Messi
Image of Lionel Messi with his family

He has a tattoo of his mother on his shoulder, and also bought her a penthouse where she can spend her time. His father is also his agent and manager who handles all his football-related contracts from the very beginning when he was 14. His elder brother handles his publicity and endorsement related work.

Life Outside Football

From the kind of background Lionel Messi comes, he has never backed down of helping people out. He has always invested in charity events, sometimes being an ambassador or opening his own. And served as the brand ambassador for UNICEF Goodwill and also visited countries to spread awareness. He also funded the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) both financially and with his time.

Image of Leo with kids he helped by being the UNICEF Brand Ambassador
Photos of Lionel Messi as UNICEF Ambassador

He has invested in youth football in a sports club near his hometown, to help children grow in football. Furthermore, he founded his own charitable trust. After a visit to a hospital of terminally ill. Which left a huge impact in his mind and led him to found the Leo Messi Foundation. It supports children with healthcare needs, education needs and sports need.

FAQs: Biography of Lionel Messi

What kind of a player is Lionel Messi?

Lionel Messi is an attacker by his choice of field, and is so since his 4th Birthday when he started to play. His height is less which gives him to change his direction of play faster than the taller players. And is good with both his feet’s. He is also a specialist in free kicks and penalties. Though his conversion rate of penalties have dropped but still can perform under pressure situations.

What are the major awards earned by Messi?

In the Biography of Lionel Messi, he has won a record-breaking 6 golden shoes and 6 Ballon d’Or awards, FIFA World Cup Golden Ball, and World Player of the Year. No one has won these awards consecutively. Below are the Images of Lionel Messi posing with his Golden Shoes. Other than this he and his team have won UEFA Champions League, Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup, FIFA U-20 World Cup, and Summer Olympics.

How many goals has Messi scored?

Lionel Messi has always had good stats from his fourth Birthday. And as of 14th August 2020 he has scored 645 goals in 763 appearances of his club matches. Whereas on the International Side his last match was in November 2019 and till then he had scored 86 goals of 161 appearances. And his next appearance will be in the qualifiers of the FIFA World Cup in the month of October

Get to know more about this sport and its comparison with cricket in Football Vs Cricket article.

COVID-19 Update | Lionel Messi

The entire world faced crisis during this time. But Lionel Messi did not backout from helping people. He donated $1.1 Million to help stop the spread of COVID-19. And he has started playing for his Club now, whereas will start playing for his nation as well from Oct’20. When he plays the qualifiers for FIFA World Cup.

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