An Argentine soccer player
Lionel Andrés Messi(born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team. He serves as the captain of his country's national football team.
Lionel Andres Messi was born on 24 June 1987 in Rosario, in central Argentina. He started playing football at the age of five for his father’s club Grandoli. Then he played for the club Newell's Old Boys.
Messi has dual Spanish and Argentinian citizenship and refused an offer to play for the Spanish under-20 team. In June 2004 Messi got a chance to play for the Argentine under-20 team in a match against Paraguay. When he was just 18 he made his debut in international football, in a match against Hungary, on 17 August 2005.
As Europe’s leading scorer in 2010, he won the Golden Shoe award, and was named the 2010 world player of the year (the award was then renamed the FIFA Ballon d’Or). Starting in 2009 he has pocketed the Ballon d’Or award four times. Messi also received the 2010, 2011, and 2012 European Golden Shoe award.
|HEIGHT||1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|DOB||24 June 1987|