Lionel Messi is an Argentine professional football player who plays as a forward, midfielder, and winger for one of the world's most designated club FC Barcelona. He is the first player to win the FIFA Ballon d'Or for five times besides Ronaldo.
The 30 years old Argentine is a wealthy man as he has an estimated net worth of $340 million. The man who carried the national team to Russia and this might be his last World Cup.
Early Life of Lionel Messi
Lionel Andres Messi was born on 24 June 1987 in Rosario, Argentina and his parents are Jorge Messi and Celia Cuccittini. He has three siblings and they are Maria Sol Messi, Rodrigo Messi, and Matias Messi. His cousins Maximiliano and Emanuel Biancucchi, both are professional players.
At the age of four, he joined local club Grandoli, where he was coached by his father, though his influence as a player came from his maternal grandmother, Celia. He celebrates his goals by looking up and pointing to the sky in tribute to his grandmother as she is no more alive.
Net Worth and Endorsements of Messi
Lionel Messi stands high with an estimated net worth of $340 million in 2017 including all his properties. He has an annual salary of $41.7 million. Beside his earnings from football he too earns massive amounts through his endorsement deals, he is linked with various worldwide brands as Pepsi, Gillette, Turkish Airlines, Adidas.
His contract with Adidas where he is the face of world’s second biggest sports brand earning in the region of $40 million a year with his current Adidas deal.
Messi is building a house in Barcelona which will look like the shape of a football. Besides, he owns two other house in Barcelona, Spain and one in Argentina.
He has a collection of several luxurious cars. Some of his best include Ferrari, Audi Maserati, Mercedes, Bentley, and Chrysler.
Lionel Messi's Club Career
Messi's parents sought to arrange a trial with Barcelona in September 2000 and after his trial, First team director Charly Rexach immediately wanted to sign him but wasn't able due to club's regulation as Messi was too young at that time. On 14 December, an ultimatum was issued for Barcelona to prove their commitment, and the club signed him offering a contract on a paper napkin.
Lionel Messi made his professional debut aged 17 in October 2004 representing Barcelona and scored his first ever competitive goal from an assist of Ronaldinho. He had himself in the record books of football on May 1, 2005, as the youngest player to ever score a goal for the franchise.
He was soon called as a wonder boy because of his magic inside the field. Certainly, everybody loved to see him playing and he was known all over the world since 2009. At 22 years old, Messi won the Ballon d'Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year award 2009, both times by the greatest voting margin in each trophy's history.
He slowly developed himself as one of the world's best player and won the FIFA Ballon d'Or in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, and has set numbers of world records in football. He was named the captain of the team along with Andres Iniesta in 2015. He is the key player for his team and has won several titles with the club.
Messi is the most important player of Barcelona and has won nine La Liga titles with the club. He is also the player to be credited most that won the last three Champions League. Besides, Messi has won uncountable individual titles and honors. He is also famous for his rivalry with his toughest opponent Ronaldo.
International Career Of Messi
Being originally born in Argentina, Messi was offered to play for Spanish national side but he denied the offer and choose to play from his national side. He made his junior team debut for his country against Paraguay, scoring a goal and providing two assists in their 8–0 victory on 29th June 2004.
Aged 18, Messi made his senior debut for Argentina on 17 August 2005. He has won over 143 caps for his national side scoring 74 goals, he won the Golden Ball in the 2014 World Cup, Brazil, losing with Germany in the Finale. His current national squad teammates are Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria, Gonzalo Higuain etc.
Lionel Messi's Personal Life
Most of all know that Lionel Messi is a married man. He had been in a long relationship with his wife Antonella Roccuzzo, a fellow neighbor of his hometown. The couple is living together since 2008 and they have three children together, Thiago Messi born in 2012 and Mateo Messi born in 2015. Ciro Messi was born on 10 March 2018.
Later, the couple finally tied their knots on 30 June 2017. The ceremony took place at a casino and hotel in Rosario, Argentina where several Barcelona and Argentine players attended.
Beside this he is a philanthropist, he has been helping the needy involving himself in organizations like UNICEF, La Masia Foundation, the Leo Messi Foundation etc.