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MESSI, Lionel

Lionel MESSI
FC Barcelona (SPA)

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Full name Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini  
Date of Birth June 24, 1987
Birthplace Rosario, Argentina
Height 169 cm
Position Right winger (or forward / second striker)
Foot Left
Nationality Argentinian (and Spanish)
Club FC Barcelona (SPA)
Nation Argentina
Int. debut Age 18 (August 17, 2005 - vs. Hungary)
World Cups 15 matches (2014: 7 / 2010: 5 / 2006: 3)
Honours

Country
1 FIFA U-20 World Cup (2005)
1 Olympics Gold Medal (2008)
Club
3 FIFA Club World Cups (2009, 2011, 2015)
4 UEFA Champions League (2005-06, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2014-15)
3 UEFA Super Cups (2009, 2011, 2015)
8 Spanish Championships (2004-05, 2005-06, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2012-13, 2014-15, 2015-16)
4 Spanish Cups (2008-09, 2011-12, 2014-15, 2015-16)
7 Spanish Super Cups (2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016)
Individual
4 FIFA Ballon d'or (2010, 2011, 2012, 2015)
1 FIFA World Player of the Year (2009)
1 European Player of the Year (Ballon d’or) (2009)
1 FIFA World Cup Best Player (2014)
1 Copa América Best Player (2015)
3 European Top Scorer (ESM Golden Shoe) (2009-10, 2011-12, 2012-13)
1 FIFA U-20 World Cup Top Scorer (2005)
1 FIFA U-20 World Cup Best Player (2005)
1 FIFA Club World Cup Best Player (2009)
1 U-21 European Player of the Year (Bravo) (2007)
4 UEFA Champions League Top Scorer (2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12)
3 European Top Scorer (ESM Golden Shoe) (2009-10, 2011-12, 2012-13)
1 U-21 European Player of the Year (Bravo) (2006-07)
6 Spanish League Player of the Year (2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2014-15)
3 Spanish League Top Scorer (2009-10, 2011-12, 2012-13)
10 Argentinian Player of the Year (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016)

 

CAREER TRANSFERS
None
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


TFR PLAYERS
Teams represented (central column) +
TFR Players Rankings (right column)
2016-17 Barcelona (SPA)
2
2015-16 Barcelona (SPA)
3
2014-15 Barcelona (SPA)
1
2013-14 Barcelona (SPA)
2
2012-13 Barcelona (SPA)
1
2011-12 Barcelona (SPA)
1
2010-11 Barcelona (SPA)
1
2009-10 Barcelona (SPA)
1
2008-09 Barcelona (SPA)
1
2007-08 Barcelona (SPA)
8

OTHER TFR RANKINGS
2016-17 Top Scorers
2
- Top Assists
13
2015-16 Top Scorers
4
- Top Assists
2
2014-15 Top Scorers
2
-  Top Assists
1
2013-14 Top Scorers
2
- Top Assists
28
2012-13 Top Scorers
1
-  Top Assists
4
2011-12 Top Scorers
1
- Top Assists
2
2010-11 Top Scorers
2
- Top Assists
1
2009-10 Top Scorers
1
- Top Assists
18
2008-09 Top Scorers
1
- Top Assists
5
- Young Guns
1
2007-08 Top Scorers
19
-  Top Assists
2
-  Young Guns
2

CAREER STATISTICS
League Appearances & Goals
2016-17 Barcelona
34
37
2015-16 Barcelona
33
26
2014-15 Barcelona
38
43
2013-14 Barcelona
31
28
2012-13 Barcelona
32
46
2011-12 Barcelona
37
50
2010-11 Barcelona
33
31
2009-10 Barcelona
35
34
2008-09 Barcelona
31
23
2007-08 Barcelona
28
10
2006-07 Barcelona
26
14
2005-06 Barcelona
17
6
2004-05 Barcelona
7
1


DID YOU KNOW ?

Lionel Andrés Messi was born in Rosario, the third of four children of Jorge Messi, a steel factory manager, and his wife Celia Cuccittini, who worked in a magnet manufacturing workshop.

Growing up in a tight-knit, football-loving family, "Leo" developed a passion for the sport from an early age, playing constantly with his older brothers, Rodrigo and Matías, and his cousins, Maximiliano and Emanuel Biancucchi, both of whom became professional footballers.

His earliest influence as a player came from his maternal grandmother, Celia, who accompanied him to training and matches.

During the six years he played for Newell's, he scored almost 500 goals as a member of "The Machine of '87", the near-unbeatable youth side named for the year of their birth. They regularly entertained crowds by performing ball tricks during half-time of the first team's home games.

In 2007 he proved the "new Maradona" tag was not all hype, by nearly replicating Maradona's famous goal against England at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, known as the Goal of the Century.

With Ronaldinho's departure from the club, Messi inherited his number 10 jersey.

On March 28, 2009, Messi wore the number 10 jersey for the first time with Argentina. This match was the first official match for Diego Maradona as the Argentina manager.