Lionel Messi, full name Lionel Andrés Messi, also known as Leo Messi, is an Argentine-born football (soccer) player who has been named Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) world player of the time six times (2009 – 12, 2015, and 2019).
Messi began his football career as a young age, joining Newell’s Old Boys’ youth team in 1995. (a Rosario- based top- division football club). Messi’s extraordinary capacities drew the attention of top clubs on both sides of theAtlantic.Despite being only 5 bases 7 elevation (1.7 metres) tall and weighing 148 pounds, he was a strong, well- balanced, and flexible player on the field (67 kg). Messi was a natural leftism-footer with excellent ball control and the capability to weave his way past congested protectors. He was given Spanish citizenship in 2005, inspiring mixed responses from Barcelona’s explosively Catalan sympathizers. Messi and his family moved to Barcelona when he was 13 years old, and he joined FC Barcelona’s under-14 team. He scored 21 goals in 14 games for the junior team, and he snappily progressed through the advanced- position situations, making his official debut with FC Barcelona in a friendly match at the age of 16.
In the 2004 – 05 season, Messi, also 17 years old, came the youthful sanctioned player and thing arranger in La Liga (Spain’s top football league). Messi and Barcelona won the Titleholders League (European club title) the comingyear.Messi’s game bettered steadily over the years, and by 2008, he’d established himself as one of the world’s most dominant players, placing alternate to Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo in the FIFA World Player of the Year poll. In early 2009, Messi helped FC Barcelona achieve the club’s first” treble” ( winning three major European club titles in one season) the team won La Liga, the Copa del Rey (Spain’s primary domestic cup), and the Champions League. During that season, he scored 38 goals in 51 games, and he won the FIFA World Player of the Year award by a record periphery against Ronaldo.
During the 2009 – 10 season, Messi scored 34 goals in domestic games as Barcelona won La Liga for the alternate successive season. As Europe’s top arranger, he won the Golden Shoe award, and he was crowned world player of the year in 2010 (the honour was renamed the FIFA Ballond’Or that year).
The ensuing season, Messi led Barcelona to La Liga and Titleholders League victories, earning him an unknown third successive world player of the time honour. He scored his 233rd thing for Barcelona in March 2012, making him the club’s all- time topmost arranger in La Liga play at the age of 24. He scored 73 goals in all competitions for Barcelona in the 2011 – 12 season (which included another Copa del Rey victory), shattering Gerd Müller’s 39- year-old record most single-season goals in a major European football league.
After a major season, Messi was crowned 2012 World Player of the Year, making him the first player to win the award four times. In 2012 – 13, he led La Liga with 46 goals, and Barcelona won their alternate successive domestic top-flight title. When he scored his 370th goal for Barcelona in 2014, he broke the club’s all- time goal record. In the same year, he set career scoring records in both the Champions League and La Liga (with 72 goals) (with 253 goals).
Off the field, Messi has been one of the world’s most notorious athletes. He was a phenomenally successful product pitchman, particularly for the sportswear brand Adidas, in addition to earning a football wage that was constantly, along with Ronaldo’s, one of the two topmost in all professional sports. Messi and his father (who was in charge of his son’s finances at the time) were charged with tax evasion in 2013 after allegedly avoiding paying€4.2 million in Spanish taxes on sponsorship earnings by using offshore shell companies. Despite having paid the Spanish government€ 5 million, the couple was ordered to stand trial on the allegations in 2016.