(1987 - ) Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentina national team
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Lionel Andres Messi is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentina national team. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest players of all time, and has won a record six Ballon d'Or awards, the most for any football player, as well as the 2009 FIFA World Player of the Year and The Best FIFA Men's Player. Messi has scored over 700 senior career goals for club and country.
Messi was born in Rosario, Argentina, on June 24, 1987. He began playing football at a young age and his talent was quickly noticed by Barcelona, who signed him at the age of 13. After emerging in the club's youth academy, Messi made his competitive debut in October 2004, and he established himself as an integral player for the club by the following season.
Messi has since gone on to become Barcelona's all-time top scorer in all official club competitions and is the only player in history to win five FIFA Ballon d'Or awards, four of which he won consecutively, and a record six European Golden Shoes. He has won a record 33 trophies with Barcelona, including nine La Liga titles, four UEFA Champions League titles, and six Copas del Rey.
At international level, Messi captained Argentina to the 2014 FIFA World Cup final, where they were defeated by Germany, and to the Copa America final in 2016, where they were defeated by Chile. He has represented his country in seven major tournaments, including four Copa Americas and two FIFA World Cups. He has scored over 70 goals for his country, making him Argentina's all-time highest goalscorer.
Messi has achieved unprecedented success on the pitch, and his performances have earned him a number of individual awards, including being named the FIFA World Player of the Year five times. He has also been named the La Liga Player of the Year six times, and the UEFA Champions League Player of the Year three times.
Messi is widely considered to be one of the greatest footballers of all time and has been praised for his technical ability, vision, and goalscoring prowess. He is also known for his leadership qualities, and his ability to create goals for his teammates. He has a global following, and is often considered the world's most famous athlete.