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  1. Lionel Messi

    Soccer
  2. Lionel Andrés "Leo" Messi is an Argentine footballer who plays as a forward for La Liga club FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team. He was born 24th June 1987.
  3. Awards and records By the age of 21, Messi had received Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations. The following year, in 2009, he won his first Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards. He followed this up by winning the inaugural FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2010, and again in 2011 and 2012. He also won the 2010–11UEFA Best Player in Europe Award. At the age of 24, Messi became Barcelona's all-time top scorer in all official club competitions.At age 25, Messi became the youngest player to score 200 La Liga goals.
  4. The Best Footballer in the World Consistently rated by commentators, coaches and colleagues as the best footballer in the world and as one of the greatest players in the history of the game,Messi is the first football player in history to win four FIFA/Ballons d'Or, which he won consecutively. Messi has won five La Ligas, two Copas del Rey, five Supercopas de España, three Champions Leagues, two Super Cups and two Club World Cups. In March 2012, Messi made UEFA Champions League history by becoming the first player to score five goals in one match, achieving the feat in a 7–1 win over Bayer Leverkusen.[14] He also matched José Altafini's record of 14 goals in a single Champions League season.[15]Messi became the first player to top-score in four successive Champions League campaigns.[16][17] He set the European record for most goals scored in a season during the 2011–12 season, with 73 goals.[18] In the same season, he set the current goalscoring record in a single La Liga season, scoring 50 goals.[19]
  5. Top Scorer Messi was the top scorer of the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship with six goals. In 2006, he became the youngest Argentine to play in the FIFA World Cup and he won a runners-up medal at the CopaAmérica tournament the following year, in which he was elected young player of the tournament. In 2008, he won his first international honour, an Olympic gold medal, with the Argentina Olympic football team.
  6. Maradona’s successor His playing style and stature have drawn comparisons to compatriot Diego Maradona, who himself declared Messi his "successor".
  7. Overcoming adversity At the age of five, Messi started playing football for Grandoli, a local club coached by his father Jorge. At the age of 11, Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency. Local teams showed interest in Messi's progress, but were not willing to pay for treatment for his condition, which cost $900 a month. CarlesRexach, the sporting director of FC Barcelona, had been made aware of his talent as Messi had relatives in Lleida, and Messi and his father were able to arrange a trial with the team. Rexach, with no other paper at hand, offered Messi a contract written on a paper napkin.Barcelona offered to pay for Messi's medical bills if he was willing to move to Spain. Messi and his father moved to Barcelona where Messi enrolled in the club's youth academy.[
  8. GerdMüller after Messi broke his goal scoring record My record stood for 40 years - 85 goals in a year - and now the best player in the world has broken it, and I'm delighted for him. He is an incredible player, gigantic."
  9. Career statistics
  10. Supporting Children’s Rights In 2007, Messi established the Leo Messi Foundation, a charity supporting access to education and health care for vulnerable children.In response to Messi's own childhood medical difficulties, the Leo Messi Foundation has offered Argentine children diagnosed with illnesses treatment in Spain and funds covering the transport, hospital and recuperation costs. On 11 March 2010 Messi was announced as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF.Messi's UNICEF ambassador activities are aimed at supporting children’s rights.