Profile and Networth of Lionel Messi

By Krishna Lama, Lionel Messi who is also known as Lionel Andres Messi with the height of (1.70 i.e 5ft 7 in)was born in 24 July 1987 in Rosario Argentina is an Argentine professional  footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club “Bacelona”.  The third of four children of Jorge Messi, a steel factory manager, and his wife Celia Cuccittini, who worked in a magnet manufacturing workshop. On his father’s side, he is of Italian and Spanish heritage, the great-grandson of immigrants from Marche  and Catalonia, and on his mother’s side, he is of primarily Italian descent.Messi is only the player to receive the title “ FIFA Balloons d’Or”, four of which he won consecutively, and the first player to win three European Golden Shoes. Being also a creative markplay, Messi holds the record for most assists made in La Liga and Copa America. At age 13, he relocated to Spain to join Barcelona, who agreed to pay for his medical treatment. .

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After a fast progression through Barcelona’s youth academy, Messi made his competitive debut aged 17 in October 200. .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.

As an Argentine international, Messi is Argentina’s all-time leading goal scorer with 55 goals in 113 matches. He has represented his country in six major tournaments.  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 America, where he was named young player of the tournament. As the squad’s Captian since August 2011, he led Argentina to three consecutive finals of the 2014 world cup, the 20115 Copa America and the Copa America Canterio  in 2016, where he was selected as player of the tournament in the 2014 and 2015 competitions. Messi retired from international football after the 2016 Copa America at the age of 29.

He still produced fine moments, as he did when he broke two longstanding records in seven days. , while another hat-trick against Real Madrid on 23 March made him the all-time top scorer in El Clasico, ahead of the 18 goals scored by Real Madrid legend Alfredo De Stefgno.  Messi finished the campaign with his worst output in five seasons, though he still managed to score 41 goals in all competitions. After prolonged speculation over his future with the club, Messi signed a new contract on 19 May 2014, only a year after his last contractual update; his salary increased to €20 million, or €36 million before taxes, the highest wage ever in the sport.

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Since 2008, when he was 20, Messi has been in a relationship with Antonella Roccuzzo, a fellow native of Rosario. He has known Roccuzzo since he was five years old, as she is the cousin of his best friend since childhood Lucas Scaglia, who is also a football player. After keeping their relationship private for a year, Messi first confirmed their romance in an interview in January 2009, before going public a month later during a carnival in Sitger after the Barcelona–Espanyol derby. He had previously been romantically linked with Argentine models Macarena Lemos and Luciana Salaza.