The profile of Argentina and Barcelona’s super star Lionel Messi
Lionel Andres Messi Cuccittini born on June 24, 1987, is a professional footballer who plays as a captain and forward for Ligue-1 side Paris Saint-Germain and the Argentina national team.
Popularly considered as the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time), Messi has won European Golden Shoe award for a record six times.
Messi played played for Barcelona from 2004 to 2021. Between those years, the Argentine won every single club trophy.
in the summer 2021, the Argentina international left the Spanish side to join French Ligue-1 giant Paris Saint-Germain.
Lionel Messi Barcelona debut
Spending his entire professional club career with the Catalan side, the Argentine made his senior debut for Barcelona in 2004, going ahead to become the club’s highest goal scorer.
Messi the all time leading top scorer in La Liga
Being a prolific goal scorer and a creative playmaker, Lionel Messi holds the records of most goals, most assists, most hat-tricks and most goals in a single La Liga campaign.
The Argentine has scored over 750 career goals both club and country combined and has recently become the first player to record double digits for both goals and assists in a single La Liga season (2019/20).
Though, the 33-year-old international career is below the bar after he was frequently compared to compatriot Diego Maradona. Notwithstanding, Messi is Argentina’s all-time leading goalscorer.
He has led the Argentina national team to three consecutive major finals; the 2014 FIFA World Cup: which he won the Golden Ball Award for being the player of the tournament and the 2015 and 2016 Copa America finals all of which they ended up as runners-up.
Messi in 2021 guided Argentina to the Copa America title.
Often regarded as one of the best athletes in the world. Messi came into limelight following the departure of Ronaldinho from Barcelona in 2008, under then manager, Pep Guardiola, where the pair won a whopping number of trophies including a record six titles in a single calendar year.
Messi silverware’s at Barcelona
The Barcelona star has won an astonishing 33 trophies with the La Liga giants:
La Liga – 10, UEFA Champions League– 4, UEFA Super Cup- 3, FIFA Club World Cup- 3, Copa del Rey- 6 and Spanish Super Cup- 7
Lionel Messi Ballon do’r v Cristiano Ronaldo Ballon do’r
Cristiano Ronaldo a tough opponent for Messi has won the individual prestigious award five times in his career.
In comparison to his fierce rival, Lionel Andres Messi has won the Ballon do’r for an unprecedented seven times.