Do you have an interest in football? If yes, then you must face a question that who is the greatest footballer of all time. Whenever you will discuss the greatest of all time in football history, some names will come in front of you like the Great Pele, the Argentine superstar Diego Maradona, Zinedine Zidan, Ronaldinho, David Beckham, and some others. But during the last decade, the name that has been announced millions of times as The Greatest of all time is ‘Lionel Andres Messi’.
Today we are introducing you the greatest player of this era. Let’s talk about the G.O.A.T.
Lionel Andres Messi
Lionel Andres Messi is an Argentine professional footballer and often considered the best player in the world. he is also widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. He plays as a forward and is the captain of both the Argentina national team and the La Liga club Barcelona. He is widely known as LM10 which stands for Lionel Messi 10. This is because he has a 10 on his back.
Lionel Messi is the only Barcelona player who has won a club-record 33 trophies. This includes 4 UEFA Champions League titles, 10 La Liga titles, and 6 Copa Del Rey.
He has scored over 700 in your career goals for club and country. Messi holds the record for most goals in La Liga, most hat tricks in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League, most goals on a La Liga and European League season, most assists in La Liga, a La Liga and European season League and the Copa America.
Lionel Andres Messi was born on 24 June 1997 in the largest city in central Argentina named Rosario. His father who was a factory manager named Jorge Messi and his mother is Celia Cuccittini who worked in a magnet manufacturing workshop. Messi was the third of four children in his family. Because he had elder brothers named Rodrigo and Matias, he could constantly play with them and also with his cousins. Maximiliano and Emanuel Biancucchi who became professional footballers in their future life was Lionel Messi’s cousin. Messi had a cherished desire in his mind from early life to become a professional footballer.
Joining a Club
Because he developed a passion for the sport, he joined local club Grandoli at the age of four and his father was the first coach of his early football career. Leo’s maternal grandmother, Celia, influenced him the most to become a player and also accompanied him to training and matches. Exactly before his eleventh birthday, Messi lost his grandmother. He was greatly affected by her death. Since then, as a devout Catholic, Messi has celebrated his goes by looking up and pointing to the sky in tribute to his grandmother.
When Messi was six, he joined the Rozario club and played for six years there. During the six years, Messi played for the Newell’s, his cold almost 500 goes as a member of “The machine of 87”. At the age of 10, everybody started to notice that Leo is not growing up like others. this is because you asked diagnosed with a Growth Hormone Deficiency.
He started to take Growth Hormone Treatment which cost at least $1,000 per month. His feature as a professional player was on a threat because his father’s health insurance covered only two years of this treatment. As he was the best youth player of Newell’s Old Boys, the club agreed to contribute to his treatment. After some time, they denied doing so.
His relatives sought to arrange a trial with Barcelona in September 2000, who lived in Catalonia. The team director of Barcelona Charlie Rexach wanted to sign him immediately but the board of directors could not do so because it was highly unusual for European clubs to sign foreign players at such a young age.
In February 2001, Messi signed his contract to play in the Catalonian club on a paper napkin. This happened because on December 14 last year, an ultimatum was issued for Barcelona to prove their commitment, and Rexach, with no other paper at hand, offers the contract on a paper napkin.
Messi could not play in the first year of his contract because of some limitations. After a year at Barcelona youth academy, La Masia, mischievous finally enrolled in February 2002 in the royal Spanish football federation. Messi was an integral part of the ‘Baby Dream Team’ which also was Barcelona’s greatest-ever youth side. He scored 36 goals in 30 games and became the top goal scorer during his first full season (2002-03) for the Cadetes A. He received an offer to join Arsenal, at the close of the season. But he chose to remain in Barcelona because his teammates Fabregas and Pique soon left for England.
National Team Career
On June 29, 2004, Messi made his debut in the U-20 team of his country against a friendly match with Paraguay. In that match, he scored one girl and provided to assist in their 8-0 victory.
Lionel Messi has appeared in 18 international matches in the U-20 team and scored 14 goals. Appeared in 5 matches in the U-23 team and scored 2 goals for this country.
Lionel Messi played his first international match for the senior team on 17 August 2005. On that match, he came on in the 63rd minute and sent off after 2 minutes for a perceived foul against Vilmos Vanczak, who had grabbed his shirt.
First National Team Call
As Messi did exceptionally well in the under-20 side, the senior manager of the national team gave Messi his first to call up for a friendly against Hungary on 17 August 2005. But Messi was sent off after 2 minutes for a perceived foul against a player of Hungary, MS we report deadly found weeping in the dressing room after his sending off.
Return to the team on 3 September in their world cup qualifier defeat to Paraguay. Leo scored his first international goal in a friendly match against Croatia on 1 March 2006. Messi became the youngest player to represent Argentina at FIFA World Cup against Serbia and Montenegro.
He came on as a substitute in the 74th minute and assisted the team’s 4th strike within minutes and he scored the final goal in their 6-0 victory. Messi became the youngest scorer in the tournament and became the sixth youngest goalscorer in the history of the World Cup. After that, he played several matches and scored constantly for his team.
Copa America and Olympic Gold
In 2007-08 Copa America, Messi played exceptionally well but his team lost to Brazil in the final. Because Messi scored goals and performed really well in the tournament, he was named the best young player of the tournament.
In 2008 Messi helped to win the Olympic gold medals for Argentina. Along with Riquelme, he was singled out by FIFA as the stand-out player from the tournament’s best team.
2010 FIFA World Cup
During the 2010 World cup qualifying round, team Argentina was struggling to qualify in the World Cup finals. They managed to get themselves in the tournament only after defeating Uruguay 1-0 in their last qualifying match. Messi scored only one goal in the first match of the qualifying round on a 4-0 victory over Venezuela. During the gam e Messi wore Argentina’s number 10 shirt for the first time. Messi scored four goals in 18 appearances during the qualifying process.
During the world cup, Messi played exceptionally well for his country. Against South Korea, he excelled in his plane making roll participating in all four goals of the side’s 4-1 victory. Messi wore the captain’s armband for the first time in their 2-0 win against Greece. Though Argentina was an element in the quarter-final against Germany.
Messi assumed the captaincy in August 2011. Under the coaching of Sabella, the goal-scoring rate gradually increased for Messi. He scored 17 goals in 61 appearances under his previous managers, but he managed to score 25 times in 32 appearances during the following three years under Sabella. Unbelievably Leo scored 12 goals in 9 games for Argentina in 2012 equalling the record held by Gabriel Batistuta for the most goals scored in a calendar year for their country.
Messi scored his first hat-trick in a friendly match against Switzerland on 29 February 2012. he also is good for more hat-tricks over the next year and a half in friendlies against Brazil and Guatemala.
During the 2014 world cup qualifying ground, Messi scored 10 goals in 14 matches.
FIFA World Cup 2014
In the 2014 Brazil World Cup, Messi played exceptionally well and led his team to the finals, where they were defeated by the only goal that is scored in the extra time by a substitute player name Mario Gotze of Germany. Messi was awarded the Golden Ball as the best player of the tournament because he scored four goals and an assist and created the most chances and completed the most dribbling runs and made the most deliveries into the penalty area and produced the most through balls in the competition.
Copa America 2015 and 2017
In the 2015 Copa America held in Chile, Messi and his 100th cap for his country in the final group match a 1-0 win over Jamaica. He had scored a total of 46 goals for Argentina, why 22 of them came in official competitive matches. Argentina why defeated by Chile in the penalty shootout at a 4-1 score which was the team’s constantly 2nd final defeat.
Leo was reportedly selected to receive the Most Valuable Player award but he rejected the honor.
In the 2016-17 Copa America, Argentina constantly defeated by Chile again in the tournament at the final. After that Messi announced his retirement from international football. He stated, “I tried my hardest. The team has ended for me, a decision made.”
Messi finished the tournament as the second highest goal scorer.
Retirement and Coming Back
Because Messi announced his retirement, he was greeted by fans with signs like “Don’t go, Leo” when the team landed in Buenos Aires. Camping began in Argentina for Messi to change his mind about retiring. Just wait after which she announced his international retirement, a news report that he was reconsidering playing for Argentina at the 2018 FIFA world cup qualifiers in September
Messi confirmed that he reversed his decision to retire from international football and he was included in the squad for the national team upcoming 2018 World cup qualifiers.
It was hard for Argentina because of poor performance in the qualifying round of the tournament. Messi scored a hat-trick in the last qualifying match against Ecuador in a 3-1 away win which helped them to be named in the World Cup finals. Because of poor performance, Argentina was defeated by France in the quarter-finals of the tournament.
After that Messi has become the all-time top goal scorer for Argentina national team. Leo has overtaken Gabriel Batistuta as Argentina’s all-time top goalscorer in his 112 senior international appearances. Batistuta scores 54 goals in his 78 appearances while Messi took 112 to overtake him.
Messi signed his first contract as a senior team player on 24 June 2005 on his 18th Birthday. The contract was science for the next 5 years in Barcelona where his buyout close increased to 150 million Euro. Messi gave a great performance against Juventus in his first match on which he received a standing ovation from the Camp Nou. Fabio Capello, who was the manager of Inter Milan wanted Messi to be signed in his team because of the great success for Messi in the last match that is played against Juventus.
Capello requested to loan Messi, Where Inter Milan was willing to pay his 150 Million Euro buyout clause and triple his wages. It was the only time that Barcelona faced a risk of losing Messi, but he ultimately decided to stay. Leo’s contract was updated for the second time and extended to 2014.
Messi had an issue regarding his legal status in the Royal Spanish Football Federation so that he missed the start of La Liga. But after a few days on September 26, acquired Spanish citizenship and become eligible to play in the league. Messi gradually established himself as the first-choice right winger, forming an attacking trio with Ronaldinho and striker Samuel Eto’o.
Wearing the number 19 shirt, Messi played his first El Classico against rivals Real Madrid on November 19 in the same year. He was in the starting line-up in major matches as well as Barcelona’s away victory over Chelsea in the last 16 rounds of the Champions League. After he had scored eight goals in define appearances include in his past in the Champions League Barcelona had a 5-0 win over Panathinaikos on November 2.
Becoming a Star
The 19-year-old Leo established himself as one of the best players in the world during the 2006-07 Campaign. Messi scored his first hat trick in an El Classico, the first player to do so in 12 years through the match ended in a 3-3 draw. Messi scored a blast during a Copa Del Rey semi-final against Getafe on April 18. the goal was remarkably similar to Maradona’s goal in the quarterfinals of the 1986 FIFA world. Collecting the ball from the right side near the halfway line, Messi ran 60 meters beating 5 defenders scoring with an angled finish, just like Maradona did in the World Cup match. The goal scored previously by Maradona also known as the Goal of the Century.
Winning the Ballon d’Or
Messi received the nickname ‘Messiah’ from the Spanish media because he became Barca’s new star player at only 20 years old as Ronaldinho lost his form. He received the third-best player of the year 2007 Ballon d’Or award, behind Kaka and runner-up Cristiano Ronaldo. International managers and national team captains voted him second for the FIFA World Player of the Year award which was also behind Kaka again.
Messi signed a new contract in July 2008 on an annual salary of 7.8 million euros which was also helped him become the club’s highest-paid player. After the departure of Ronaldo and Rijkaard, Messi was given the number 10 shirt. He had injuries during the last two years so that he could not play more games. Because he had injuries early in the year, he could not win the Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the year and voted runner-up for both the awards behind Cristiano Ronaldo.
2008-09 and after
Messi scored 38 goals in 51 appearances in his fast-uninterrupted campaign in the 2008-09 season. During the Classico on 2 May 2009, Messi school twice and assisted his sides first goal on an emphatic 6-2 victory over Real Madrid, which was the team’s greatest ever score at Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. With 23 League goals from Messi this season, Barcelona became La Liga champions and achieved its fifth double.
Barcelona’s prosperity continued into the second half of 2009 as they became the first club to achieve the sextuple winning 6 top-tier trophies in a single year. Before that, as Barcelona achieved the first treble in the history of Spanish football, they renewed the contract with Messi on September 18. This included a new buyout clause of 250 million Euro, while his salary increased to 12 million Euro. At the age of 22, Messi on his first Ballon d’Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year award.
Leo secured Barcelona’s first trophy of the 2010-11 campaign, the Supercopa de Espana, by scoring a hat-trick in the side’s second leg 4-0 Victory over Sevilla, after a fast leg defeat. Messi helped Barcelona to win 16 consecutive league victories, a record in Spanish football concluding with another hat trick against Atletico Madrid on 5th February 2011. He won his second FIFA Ballon d’Or because of his great club performance in 2010.
Messi continued his form and scored 73 goals and provided 29 assists in all competitions during the 2011-12 season. This helped him winning his 3rd Ballon d’Or in the year 2011.
He also earned the Golden Ball as the best player of the FIFA Club World Cup final in the same year.
In 2012, Messi scored 91 goals in a single calendar year and became the top goalscorer in Barcelona’s history. Cesar Rodriguez what’s the all-time top goal scorer of Barcelona with 232 goals. Which hat trick against Granada Messi overtook the 57-year record. Which is 91 goals in 2012, he became the most goal scorer in the calendar year, overtaking Gerd Muller’s 85 goals.
Messi on his 4th Ballon d’Or and become the first player in history to win the Fifa Ballon d’Or four times. Messi did something this year which has never been happened in the history of football. This Barcelona forward scored five goals in a Champions League game against Bayern Leverkusen on March 7, 2012.
Messi continued to struggle with injury throughout 2013. Messi was named as captain this year and signed a new contract on 7 February committing himself to the club through 2018. Is the salary also increased to 13 million Euro?
Messi scored 33 goals in the latter part of the season including a four-goal display against Osasuna. HE became the first player to score consecutive li against all 19-opposition teams in La Liga. he scored 60 goes in all competitions including 46 goals in La Liga and finished the campaign as the top scorer of the league in Spain and Europe for the second consecutive year. He also became the first player to win the European golden shoe three times.
He managed to break two long-lasting records in only 7 days scoring a hat-trick against Osasuna took him over Paulino Alcantara’s 369 goals. this helped him becoming Barcelona’s top goal scorers in all competitions including friendlies. Another hat-trick against their rival Real Madrid on 23rd of March made him the all-time top scorer in El Classico. The message signed a new contract on 19 May 2014, which included his salary increasing to 20 million Euro which was the highest wage in the sport.
Record in winning the Ballon d’Or
On January 11, 2016, Messi on the Fifa Ballon d’Or for a record fifth time in his career. He scored his 300th league goal. internet that 2015-16 season with his 500th senior carrier goal for club and country. The Messi, Neymar Suarez, became the greatest trio of all time which everybody called MSN and this trio scored a Spanish record of 131 goals throughout the season, breaking the record they had set the previous season.
Lionel Messi has scored 51 goals in the 2016-17 season and became Europe’s top goal scorer one ahead of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Though he was placed second in the 2016 Ballon d’Or and 2016 best FIFA Men’s Player award, he won both the pichichi and European Golden Boot awards for the fourth time in his career. On 4 February 2017, Messi scored his 27th free-kick for Barcelona, overtaking Koeman as the club’s all-time top scorer from free-kick. Leo scored to goals in a 3-2 away win over Real Madrid and his game-winning goal was his 500th goal for the club. In this season, Messi scored 54 goals and 16 assists, including his 37 goals in La Liga.
After that Messi set up a domestic double and won the golden boot for the fifth time. In the 2018-19 season, he won the golden boot for the record sixth time. And in the season 2019-20, Messi became the only player to win six Ballon d’Or. Till now Messi is the highest Ballon d’Or and highest Golden Boot, winner.
Leaving the Club
Messi was dissatisfied with the club because of some reason. On 25 August 2020, Barcelona announced that message sent the club a document expressing his desire to leave. Former teammates of Messi supported his statement. Balance mint that Messi gave generated a significant media response. but the club’s said that Messi could only leave the club if he or the buyer pays his 700 million Euro buyout clause.
Messi announced in an interview with gold that he would continue in Barcelona and see out the final year of his contract.
The club president Joseph Bartomeu said that he could decide at the end of every season if he could stay or leave but did not keep his word in the end and referred to his 700 million Euro release clause, which left Messi to options: to stay or go to court against the club. Messi stated in the same interview that ” I would never go to court against the club of my life, that’s why I am staying.”
Comparison to Cristiano Ronaldo and Trophies
Messi is most often compared and contrasted with Cristiano Ronaldo who is a Portuguese forward and also known as CR7. Messi always denied any rivalry with CR7. They both are widely believed to push one another in their aim to be the best player in the world since 2008.
Messi has won 6 Ballon d’Or, where Ronaldo has 5. He is ahead of Ronaldo winning 6 FIFA World’s Best Player awards to Ronaldo’s 5 and 6 European Golden shoes to Ronaldo’s 4.
Both their fans regularly argue the individual merits of both players.
Lionel Messi Net worth
Cristiano Ronaldo was named as the only billionaire footballer. But he is no longer the only billionaire footballer as Messi has come to the list. Messi has also reached the billion-dollar mark. According to Forbes, Messi is the highest-paid player in 2020. His earning in the 2019-20 season amount to 126 Million Dollars. This includes his salary and his sponsors which are respectively 92 Million and 34 Million Dollars. This makes him the 2nd billionaire footballer after Cristiano Ronaldo.
Is Messi a Billionaire?
Well, this is about the career earnings, not wealth. Remember no footballer has a billion-dollar in his account. Neither Ronaldo nor Messi. These are pre-tax earnings. Despite their troubles with the taxman, they still pay some of them. Messi is the fourth athlete to reach the billion mark. These billion gains achieved by Messi proves one thing again that, the Messi-Ronaldo rivalry is truly one of a kind and not only in football, in fact, but the rivalry has also benefited both players
Both Messi and CR7 also share a smart investment strategy. They both invested in the hotel industry and they have widely lent their faces to their brands.
What are Messi’s salary and net worth?
Out of Messi’s 126 Million Dollars in earnings, is salary represent 73% which is 92 Million Dollar. He is the highest-paid soccer player in the world. in 2017 he signed a new contract with Barcelona that pays a base salary of $80 million. Messi averages an equivalent of about 35 Million Dollars a year in his contract. According to Forbes, he is reportedly worth 400 million dollars.
How much Messi earns from Social Media and How many followers does he have?
Lionel Messi earnings $648,000 per post from Instagram. His early earning is $23.3 Million from Instagram. Cristiano Ronaldo is the most. Cristiano Ronaldo has also most followers on Instagram which is 238 million. Lionel Messi has the second-highest Instagram followers which are 166 million.
Lionel Messi has 90 million followers on Facebook where Cristiano Ronaldo has 120 million. Cristiano Ronaldo beats Messi in terms of followers and earnings in every segment.
Messi is the founder of the Leo Messi Foundation. This foundation helps better opportunities for underprivileged children regarding education and healthcare. Messi started the charity in 2007. The foundation, with the help of Herbalife, the hell to pay for medical treatment, transportation, and recuperation for children diagnosed with major medical problems. Leo is also the Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF since March 2010.
Messi financially supports many youth football clubs in Argentina. He also does individual fundraising activities such as global football matches raising money for various charities. In March 2020, Lionel Messi donated $1 million to help fight the spread of coronavirus. Messi and his fellow Barcelona football Club teammates took a 70% cut in their salaries during the Covid-19 emergency.
How does Leo spend his money?
Messi is rumored to have bought the most expensive car ever, in 1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Spider Scaglietti, at auction for $37 million. Also owns a Ferrari F430 spider, a Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale, an Audi R8 Spyder, Maserati GranTurismo S, Dodge Charger SRT8, Audi Q7, Lexus RX, Range Rover Vogue, and some others. All these cars worth millions of dollars.
Messi has a one-zero eco house, on which he has spent $2 million Just on the renovation. Enjoys traveling by his private jet that is evaluated at $15 Million. MR travels around with his family on a yacht which also costs $50,000 per week. Messi is actually a very private person who likes to spend time with his family and keeps to himself.
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