Lionel Messi

By Vinamra Mehrotra | Feb 15, 2022 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Arguably the greatest player to have ever stepped onto a football pitch, Lionel Andres Messi is often regarded as the GOAT (greatest of all-time). Of course, some football fanatics are of the opposite view and often compare the Argentine with Cristiano Ronaldo, who is no doubt nothing less than a footballing legend himself. But let’s not make this into a toxic debate between Messi and Ronaldo fans and delve a little deep into the former player’s life shall we?

Born on June 24th, 1987 to Jorge Messi and Celia Cuccittini, Lionel Messi hails from Rosario, Argentina. His father was a steel factory manager, whereas his mother worked in a magnet manufacturing workshop.

Having been born to a “football-loving family” goes a long way in explaining why Messi went on to become one of the greatest players in the history of football. But a lot of its credit goes to Messi’s maternal grandmother Celia, who stood as the Argentinian’s pillar of support and source of strength when he was just four, accompanying him to training and matches and making fall in love with the game.  To this day, Messi celebrates his goals by looking up and pointing to the sky as an act of respect and homage to his beloved grandmother.

Club and International Debut

FC Barcelona: At 14, Messi began to play for the Catalan club’s youth teams. Soon after displaying his excellence in the youth and B teams, Messi moved to Barcelona’s senior team in the 2004-05 season, with his debut coming on 16th October, 2004 against the club’s city rivals Espanyol, at the age of 17.  

International Debut: Messi made his debut for Argentina on 17th August, 2005, in what was a fixture against Hungary. Unfortunately, the 7-time Ballon D’or winner was sent off just two minutes after he came on for elbowing one of the opposition’s players.

Notable Statistics

Club Career Stats

Appearances 872
Goals 714
Assists 212
Yellows 85
Reds 2

National Stats

Appearances 158
Goals 80
Assists 51
Yellows 8
Reds 2

Lionel Messi net Worth

 As of 2022, the Argentina International is valued at a total of 309 million pounds ($400 million), with football contracts, endorsement deals and investments as the major source of the player’s wealth.

Lionel Messi jersey Number

 #30 for PSG and #10 for Argentina

Brand Endorsements

·       Adidas

·       Gatorade

·       Pepsi

·       Budweiser

·       Ooredoo

·       Lays

·       OrCam

·       Konami

·       Dubai Auto Expo

·       Jacob and Co.

Who is Lionel Messi Wife?

Messi is married to his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo since 2017.

How Many Children Does Lionel Messi Have?

Messi has three sons, namely Thiago Messi, Mateo Messi and Ciro Messi with wife Antonela.

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