Lionel Messi Height, Weight, Age, Wife, Affairs, Biography

Real NameLionel Andrés Messi (Lionel Messi)
NicknameLeo, Atomic Flea, La Pulga, La Pulga Atomica, Messidona
ProfessionArgentine Professional Footballer

Physical Stats Lionel Messi

Heightin centimeters- 170 cm
in meters- 1.70 m
in Feet-Inches- 5’ 7”
Weight (approx.)in Kilograms- 67 kg
in Pounds- 148 lbs
Body Measurements (approx.)– Chest: 40 Inches
– Waist: 32 Inches
– Biceps: 12 Inches
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack

Football

Professional Debut4 August 2004 against Hungary
Jersey Number10
PositionForward
Coach/MentorSalvador Aparicio, Frank Rijkaard, Pep Guardiola
Records (main ones)• Youngest two-time and three-time FIFA Ballon d’Or winner (23 and 24 years old).
• Most UEFA Best Player in Europe awards (2009, 2011, 2015).
• Most La Liga Best Player awards, six times (2009-2013, 2015).
• Top goalscorer for country and club in a calendar year (91 goals in 2012)
• Top goalscorer in La Liga (312 goals).
• Top goalscorer in the FIFA Club World Cup (shared with Luis Suárez and César Delgado).
• Most hat-tricks scored in a La Liga season (8 in 2011-2012, shared with Cristiano Ronaldo).
• Only player to score consecutively against all opposition teams in La Liga (19 matches, 30 goals in 2012–13).
• Only player to have won FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball more than one.
• In 2013, became the youngest player to score 200 goals in La Liga.
• Only top-scorer in five UEFA Champions League seasons (2008–09 to 2011–12, 2014–15).
• Record of most hat-tricks in the UEFA Champions League, five times.
• Youngest player to make 100 appearances in the UEFA Champions League: 28 years, 84 days in 2015).
• All time top-goalscorer of Argentina.
Career Turning PointIn 2007, he scored a hat-trick vs Real Madrid and ended the match with a draw while playing for Barcelona.

Lionel Messi Style 2018

Lionel Messi was born on 24 June 1987 in Rosario, the third of four children of Jorge Lionel 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 descent, the great-grandson of immigrants from the northcentral Adriatic Marche region of Italy and Catalonia, and on his mother's side, he has primarily Italian ancestry. Growing up in a tight-knit, football-loving family, "Leo" developed a passion for the sport from an early age, playing constantly with his older brothers, Rodrigo and Matías, and his cousins, Maximiliano and Emanuel Biancucchi, both of whom became professional footballers. At the age of four, he joined local club Grandoli, where he was coached by his father, though his earliest influence as a player came from his maternal grandmother, Celia, who accompanied him to training and matches. He was greatly affected by her death, shortly before his eleventh birthday; since then, as a devout Catholic, he has celebrated his goals by looking up and pointing to the sky in tribute of his grandmother.

A lifelong supporter of Newell's Old Boys, Lionel Messi joined the Rosario club when he was six years old. During the six years he played for Newell's, he scored almost 500 goals as a member of "The Machine of '87", the near-unbeatable youth side named for the year of their birth, and regularly entertained crowds by performing ball tricks during half-time of the first team's home games. However, his future as a professional player was threatened when, at age 10, he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency. As his father's health insurance covered only two years of growth hormone treatment, which cost at least $1,000 per month, Newell's agreed to contribute, but later reneged on their promise. He was scouted by Buenos Aires club River Plate, whose playmaker, Pablo Aimar, he idolized, but they were also unable to pay for his treatment due to the country's economic collapse.

As the Lionel Messi family had relatives in Catalonia, they sought to arrange a trial with Barcelona in September 2000. First team director Charly Rexach immediately wanted to sign him, but the board of directors hesitated; at the time it was highly unusual for European clubs to sign foreign players of such a young age. On 14 December, an ultimatum was issued for Barcelona to prove their commitment, and Rexach, with no other paper at hand, offered a contract on a paper napkin. In February 2001, the family relocated to Barcelona, where they moved into an apartment near the club's stadium, Camp Nou. During his first year in Spain, Messi rarely played with the Infantiles due to a transfer conflict with Newell's; as a foreigner, he could only be fielded in friendlies and the Catalan league. Without football, he struggled to integrate into the team; already reserved by nature, he was so quiet that his teammates initially believed he was mute. At home, he suffered from homesickness after his mother moved back to Rosario with his brothers and little sister, María Sol, while he stayed in Barcelona with his father.

After a year at Barcelona's youth academy, La Masia, Lionel Messi was finally enrolled in the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) in February 2002. Now playing in all competitions, he befriended his teammates, among whom were Cesc Fàbregas and Gerard Piqué. After completing his growth hormone treatment aged 14, Messi became an integral part of the "Baby Dream Team", Barcelona's greatest-ever youth side. During his first full season (2002–03), he was top scorer with 36 goals in 30 games for the Cadets A, who won an unprecedented treble of the league and both the Spanish and Catalan cups. The Copa Catalunya final, a 4–1 victory over Espanyol, became known in club lore as the Partido de la máscara, the final of the mask. A week after suffering a broken cheekbone during a league match, Messi was allowed to start the game on the condition that he wear a plastic protector; soon hindered by the mask, he took it off and scored two goals in 10 minutes before his substitution. At the close of the season, he received an offer to join Arsenal, his first from a foreign club, but while Fàbregas and Piqué soon left for England, he chose to remain in Barcelona.

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Player profile


Style of play


Due to his short stature, Lionel Messi has a lower center of gravity than taller players, which gives him greater agility, allowing him to change direction more quickly and evade opposing tackles; this has led the Spanish media to dub him La Pulga Atómica ("The Atomic Flea"). Despite being physically unimposing, he possesses significant upper-body strength, which, combined with his low center of gravity and resulting balance, aids him in withstanding physical challenges from opponents; he has consequently been noted for his lack of diving in a sport rife with playacting. His short, strong legs allow him to excel in short bursts of acceleration while his quick feet enable him to retain control of the ball when dribbling at speed. His former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola once stated, "Messi is the only player that runs faster with the ball than he does without it." Although he has improved his ability with his weaker foot since his mid-20s, Messi is predominantly a left-footed player; with the outside of his left foot, he usually begins dribbling runs, while he uses the inside of his foot to finish and provide passes and assists.

A prolific goalscorer, Lionel Messi is known for his finishing, positioning, quick reactions, and ability to make attacking runs to beat the defensive line. He also functions in a playmaking role, courtesy of his vision and precise passing, and is an accurate free kick and penalty kick taker, though his ability on penalties has somewhat deteriorated in recent seasons. His pace and technical ability enable him to undertake individual dribbling run towards goal, in particular during counterattacks, usually starting from the halfway line or the right side of the pitch. Widely considered to be the best dribbler in the world, and one of the greatest of all time, with regard to this ability, his former Argentina manager Diego Maradona has said of him, "The ball stays glued to his foot; I've seen great players in my career, but I've never seen anyone with Messi's ball control."Beyond his individual qualities, he is also a well-rounded, hard-working team player, known for his creative combinations, in particular with Barcelona midfielders Xavi and Andrés Iniesta.

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Lionel Messi Family and Relationships


Since 2008, when he was 20, Lionel 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 Sitges after the Barcelona–Espanyol derby.

Messi and Roccuzzo have three sons: Thiago (born 2012), Mateo (born 2015) and Ciro (born 2018). To celebrate his partner's first pregnancy, Messi placed the ball under his shirt after scoring in Argentina's 4–0 win against Ecuador on 2 June 2012, before confirming the pregnancy in an interview two weeks later.[435] Thiago was born in Barcelona on 2 November 2012, with Lionel Messi attending the birth after being given permission by Barcelona to miss training. He announced his son's arrival on his Facebook page, writing, "Today I am the happiest man in the world, my son was born and thanks to God for this gift!"Thiago's name and handprints are tattooed on his left calf. In April 2015, Messi confirmed on Facebook that they were expecting another child.He missed training ahead of a match against Atlético Madrid to attend the birth of his second son, Mateo, on 11 September 2015 in Barcelona. On 30 June 2017, he married Roccuzzo at a luxury hotel named Hotel City Center in Rosario with about 260 guests attending his wedding. On 15 October 2017, his wife announced they were expecting their third child in an Instagram post, with the words "Family of 5". On 10 March 2018, Messi skipped the match against Málaga after Ciro was born.

Messi enjoys a close relationship with his immediate family members, particularly his mother, Celia, whose face he has tattooed on his left shoulder. His professional affairs are largely run as a family business: his father, Jorge, has been his agent since he was 14, and his oldest brother, Rodrigo, handles his daily schedule and publicity. His mother and other brothers, Matías, manage his charitable organization, the Leo Messi Foundation, and take care of personal and professional matters in Rosario.

Since leaving for Spain at age 13, Lionel Messi has maintained close ties to his hometown of Rosario, even preserving his distinct Rosarino accent. He has kept ownership of his family's old house, although it has long stood empty; he maintains a penthouse apartment in an exclusive residential building for his mother, as well as a family compound just outside the city. Once when he was in training with the national team in Buenos Aires, he made a three-hour trip by car to Rosario immediately after practice to have dinner with his family, spent the night with them, and returned to Buenos Aires the next day in time for practice. Lionel Messi keeps in daily contact via phone and text with a small group of confidants in Rosario, most of whom were fellow members of "The Machine of '87" at Newell's Old Boys. Although considered a one-club man, he has long planned to return to Rosario to end his playing career at Newell's. He was on bad terms with the club after his transfer to Barcelona, but by 2012 their public feud had ended, with Newell's embracing their ties with Messi, even issuing a club membership card to his newborn son.

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TITLES WON (32*)

2005.La Liga (FC Barcelona)
Supercopa de España (FC Barcelona)
FIFA U-20 World Cup (Argentina)
2006La Liga (FC Barcelona)
UEFA Champions League (FC Barcelona)
Supercopa de España (FC Barcelona)
2008Olympic Gold Medal (Argentina)
2009La Liga (FC Barcelona)
Copa del Rey (FC Barcelona)
Supercopa de España (FC Barcelona)
UEFA Champions League (FC Barcelona)
UEFA Super Cup (FC Barcelona)
FIFA Club World Cup (FC Barcelona)
2010La Liga (FC Barcelona)
Supercopa de España (FC Barcelona)
2011La Liga (FC Barcelona)
Supercopa de España (FC Barcelona)
UEFA Champions League (FC Barcelona)
UEFA Super Cup (FC Barcelona)
FIFA Club World Cup (FC Barcelona)
2012Copa del Rey (FC Barcelona)
2013La Liga (FC Barcelona)
Supercopa de España (FC Barcelona)
2015La Liga (FC Barcelona)
Copa del Rey (FC Barcelona)
UEFA Champions League (FC Barcelona)
UEFA Super Cup (FC Barcelona)
FIFA Club World Cup (FC Barcelona)
2016La Liga (FC Barcelona)
Copa del Rey (FC Barcelona)
Supercopa de España (FC Barcelona)
2017Copa del Rey (FC Barcelona)

Lionel Messi Goals and Other Career Stats

GAMES AND GOALS PER TEAM*


Argentina (2005-2018)
123 games61 goals
Argentina U23 (2008)
5 games2 goals
Argentina U20 (2004-2005)
18 games14 goals
FC Barcelona (Spain, 2004-2018)
412 games378 goals
FC Barcelona B (Spain, 2004-2005)22 games6 goals
FC Barcelona C (Spain, 2003-2004)10 games5 goals
TOTAL
590 games466 goals

Lionel Messi


MAIN AWARDS AND INDIVIDUAL RECORDS


Top goalscorerArgentina national team all-time top goalscorer (since 2016)
FC Barcelona all-time top goalscorer (since 2012)
UEFA Champions League top goalscorer (2009/10/11/12/15)
La Liga top goalscorer (2010/12/13/17)
Copa del Rey top goalscorer (2009/11/14/16/17)
Guinness World Record as top goalscorer for club and country in a calendar year (91 goals, 2012)
Best playerBallon d’Or * (2009 – France Football, 2010/11/12/15 – FIFA)
Golden Ball in Brazil’s World Cup (2014 – FIFA)
World Player of the Year (2009 – FIFA)
Golden Shoe (2010/12/13/17 – European Sports Media)
Golden Boy (2005 – European Sports Media)
Best Player in Europe (2011/15 – UEFA)
Best Player in Spain (2009/10/11/12/13/15 – La Liga)
Miscellaneous____World Cup Dream Team (2014 – FIFA)
Copa America Dream Team (2007/11/15/16 – CONMEBOL)
A goal of the Season (2007/15/16 – UEFA)
Copa America Best Goal (2007 – CONMEBOL)
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador (since 2010 – UN)

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