When it comes to soccer, there’s one name that everyone speaks out and it’s Lionel Andres Messi. He is among the most popular and skillful soccer players from Argentina. He already brought his team to popularity and success since the day he entered the field.
Messi is a professional footballer from Argentina who plays as a forward for FC Barcelona, a Spanish Club. He’s also the captain of the national soccer team in his own country. He’s always noted as one of the best players in the world, and he was noted as the greatest player of all time. Messi is the only football player in the history of football who won five FIFA Balloons d’Or; four of which he got in four consecutive games. He is also the first player to get three European Golden shoes. With the Spanish football team, he won eight La Liga titles, four UEFA Champions League titles and four Copas del Rey. He is known for being as a productive goal-scorer and creative playmaker.
Born in central Argentina, Messi was diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency. When he was 13-years-old, he moved to Spain to play and be part of the Spanish football team that agreed to pay for the expenses for his treatment.
Following a fast development in the youth academy in Barcelona, he made his competitive debut in October 2004 when he was 17. In spite of being prone to injury throughout his early career as a player, he was able to establish himself as the integral player for Barcelona in the succeeding 3 years. In 2007 he finished the year as a finalist for Balloon d’Or and FIF World Player of the Year award. It was a feat that he repeated the next year. During the 2008-2009 season, Messi’s initial uninterrupted campaign assisted the Spanish team in achieving their first treble.
At 22, he won the Balloon d’Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year awards. On January 6, 2016 Barcelona recorded its first goal for this year, but it was Messi who once again proved why he is considered one of the best players in football. He scored two goals and he also grabbed two assists on a 4-1 derby match which brought them the win against the Espanyol. Five years after, he gained the FIFA Ballon d’Or for a record fifth time in his professional career.
Although Messi continuously competes with some other famous soccer players such Cristiano Ronaldo for the all-time greatest title, he is expected to remain as one of the best footballers in the coming years. His contribution to Barcelona’s team is unprecedented and they can always depend on his amazing skills as a footballer.