Lionel Messi At 33; Amazing Facts About This Legend

                                 

The Man! Lionel Andres Messi Cuccittini was born on June 24, 1987, in Rosario, Argentina. He started his football career at Newell's Old Boys before joining Barcelona at the age of 13.

He made his debut for the Spanish giants FC Barcelona in a competitive match on October 16, 2004 against Espanol when he was 17 years, 3 months and 22 days old becoming the youngest player to represent the team at that time.

Wearing the number 30 jersey, he scored his first goal for FC Barcelona on 1st May, 2005 against Albacete; a match in which he came in for Samuel Eto'o in the 87th minute of the game and later turn the icon number 10 jersey to a global brand LM10.

His diminutive stature, standing at 5 feet 7 inches and his dribbling style with his left foot has drawn a constant comparison of him to the Argentine legend - Diego Armando Maradona.

He became the captain of the Argentine national team in August 2011 and has led the Albiceleste to 3 consecutive finals- 2014 FIFA world cup, 2015 Copa America and 2016 Centenario Copa America in the United States of America.


After the departure of Andres Iniesta in 2018, he became the captain of the FC Barcelona squad.
He won his first Balon d'Or award in 2009 ahead of arch-rival- Cristiano Ronaldo.


He was heavily criticized when he won it the second time in 2010 based on Argentina's poor performance at the world cup in South Africa. He has so far won the award six times, making him the first player to do so ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo who has won it five times.

After missing a penalty in the 2016 Copa America final; a match they lost to Chile, he was on the verge of quitting international football but later changed his mind after a lot of Argentines pleaded including the President. He returned to the Argentine national team and captained them to the 2018 world cup in Brazil but they lost at the first knockout stage to France- the eventual winner of the tournament.

He is the most decorated Barcelona player in history, winning 34 trophies with the Blaugrana. He has won the European golden boot six times, LaLiga best player six times, pichichi trophy six times, and LaLiga best forward seven times. He has been on the FIFpro world 11 since 2007 and the UEFA Team of the year since 2008 missing out only in 2013. He holds the record for the most goals scored in a calendar year with 91 goals scored in 2012.

He is happily married to his childhood friend Antonella Roccuzzo with 3 lovely kids - Thiago, Mateo and Ciro.

"In 2001, a boy came to us with a dream, now he makes us dream"- this was Barcelona's tribute to him when he won his fifth Balon d'Or award.


Today, 24th of June he is 33 years old and the world celebrates a football legend.


The football world hopes to continue seeing him in action as he dazzles the game of football with his dribbles and goals. He currently has over 700 career goals.

The Man Lionel Andres Messi Cuccittini a.k.a La Pulga (Spanish for "the flea.")

Written by GO247 BLOG Crew: Elijah A.

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  1. The greatest of all time 'GOAT', King of football happy birthday!

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