The GOAT, the first player to win 3 European Golden Shoes, Lionel Messi was raised by a father who was a factory steel worker and a mother who was employed as a part-time cleaner.
His passion for football started at the age of 5; and his grandmother took him to play for the Grandoli, a local club and said: ‘Lionel one day you will be the best football player in the world’ (and there he is), further his passion took him to join the team of Newell’s Old Boys.
His phenomenal skills garnered the attention of prestigious clubs on both sides of the Atlantic. His family relocated to Barcelona at the age of 13 was the gateway for the Argentine superstar’s career for FC Barcelona under-14 team where he scored 21 goals in 14 games for the junior team, and quickly qualified through the higher-level teams until at age 16/17 where he was given his informal debut with FC Barcelona in a friendly match, and everyone knew that the kid was gifted.
Messi – Barcelona’s GOAT
As a professional player, he joined the team in 2005/06 and has played for 16 straight seasons with Barcelona, kept on playing until 2020/21. He not only was the most-capped player of Barcelona by appearing in 778 matches for the club but also the club’s all-time highest goal scorer with 670 goals to his name. Messi has won 10 La Liga and 4 Champions League titles with Barcelona. He has won the treble twice in his career 2009-10 and 2014-15 seasons.
GOAT for a reason? No, there’s more!
21 years of legacy at Barcelona not only gave him the accolade club titles but also several individual awards over the years, which includes a record 6 Ballon d’Or(Golden Balls) awards making him the KING of Barcelona.
Messi’s Personal Life: Lifestyle, Family, Friends and More
Looking into Argentina’s Superstars personal life, he was lucky enough to fall in true love with his childhood friend, Antonella Roccuzzo. Their love story began in their hometown of Rosario, Argentina, when they were kids.
Their relationship evolved over the years, surviving distance and culminating in their marriage which wasn’t as simple as it sounds!
Messi has never spoken in depth about the subject until 2009, when as a 21-year-old he confirmed in an interview with Catalan channel TV3 that he has a girlfriend. After the new break, Roccuzzo left Rosario for Barcelona in 2010, moving in with Messi just before the World Cup in South Africa.
The pair got married in 2017 and have three children together, Thiago (9) and Mateo (6) and Ciro (3). The king is not only the best football player but also a loving husband and a caring father.
Messi’s Best Friends? Neymar & Suarez make it to the list!
Lionel Messi’s best friends are none other than his former Barcelona’s teammates Luis Suarez & Suarez. They became friends when both were signed by Barcelona. Although, they are not together now on the pitch, after Luis Suarez was sold by Barcelona to Atletico Madrid and Neymar to PSG.
Leo’s First Love – THE HULK
This pet dog was gifted by none other than Messi’s wife Antonella Roccuzzo in 2016. Lionel Messi’s dog is a Dogue de Bordeaux also known as a Bordeaux Mastiff or French Mastiff, the breed is known for its size and strength and here’s why it is named as HULK!
Lionel Messi gets in some pre-season practice… against his dog! 😂
— GOAL (@goal) July 30, 2018
PSG signs Lionel Messi: Personal or Professional?
For some it was PERSONAL and for some it was PROFESSIONAL. Visca Barcelona fans cried on August 5, 2021 as Messi confirmed through a statement that ‘ ‘I will not continue” with the club.
Personal or Professional?
Laporta said: “Leo wanted to stay and the Club wanted him to stay, but with the La Liga rules it has not been possible.”
Messi’s two-year contract with PSG not only gives him a $41 million annual net salary & bonuses but also the contract also contemplates an option for a third year!
‘I am here to say Goodbye’ – Lionel Messi
According to reporters, the whole profile of French football has been raised to another level because of La Pulga’s transfer.
The KING has raised the bars pretty high by bringing millions to PSG. Messi missing Barcelona? Not sure but Barcelona missing him is in the midst of a possibility; UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE speaks for itself as Barcelona crashed out of the UEFA Champions League following a 3-0 defeat at Bayern Munich, failing to make it past the group stage of the competition for the first time since the 2000/01 season.