Lionel Messi ( Lionel Andrés Messi )



Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi Player of the Year 2011.jpg
Messi playing for Barcelona at the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup
Personal information
Full nameLionel Andrés Messi[1]
Date of birth24 June 1987 (age 25)[1]
Place of birthRosario, Argentina[1]
Height1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Playing positionForward
Club information
Current clubBarcelona
Number10
Youth career
1995–2000Newell's Old Boys
2000–2003Barcelona
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2003–2004Barcelona C10(5)
2004–2005Barcelona B22(6)
2004–Barcelona246(215)
National team
2004–2005Argentina U2016(11)
2007–2008Argentina U235(2)
2005–Argentina79(32)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:03, 5 May 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:38, 27 March 2013 (UTC)
Lionel Andrés "LeoMessi (Spanish pronunciation: [ljoˈnel anˈdɾes ˈmesi], born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine footballer who plays as a forward for La Liga club FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team. He serves as the captain of his country's national football team. By the age of 21, Messi had received Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations. The following year, in 2009, he won his first Ballon d'Or[2] and FIFA World Player of the Year awards. He followed this up by winning the inaugural FIFA Ballon d'Or in 2010,[3] and again in 2011[4] and 2012.[5] He also won the 2010–11 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award. At the age of 24, Messi became Barcelona's all-time top scorer in all official club competitions.[6]At age 25, Messi became the youngest player to score 200 La Liga goals.[7][8]
Consistently rated by commentators, coaches and colleagues as the best footballer in the world and as one of the greatest players in the history of the game,[9][10][11][12][13][14] Messi is the first football player in history to win four FIFA/Ballons d'Or, all of which he won consecutively. Messi has won six La Ligas, two Copas del Rey, five Supercopas de España, three UEFA Champions Leagues, two Super Cups and two Club World Cups. In March 2012, Messi made Champions League history by becoming the first player to score five goals in one match.[15] He also matched José Altafini's record of 14 goals in a single Champions League season.[16] Messi became the first player to top-score in four successive Champions League campaigns.[17][18] He set the European record for most goals scored in a season during the 2011–12 season, with 73 goals.[19] In the same season, he set the current goalscoring record in a single La Liga season, scoring 50 goals.[20] On 16 February 2013, Messi scored his 300th Barcelona goal.[21] On 30 March 2013, Messi scored in 19 consecutive La Liga games, becoming the first footballer in history to net in consecutive matches against every team in the league.[22]
Messi was the top scorer of the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship with six goals. In 2006, he became the youngest Argentine to play in theFIFA World Cup and he won a runners-up medal at the Copa América tournament the following year, in which he was elected young player of the tournament.[23] In 2008, he won his first international honour, an Olympic gold medal, with the Argentina Olympic football team. Sportspro has rated Lionel Messi as the third most marketable athlete in the world.[24] His playing style and stature have drawn comparisons to compatriot Diego Maradona, who himself declared Messi his "successor".[25]




Career statistics

Club

As of 12 May 2013.

Reserve teams

ClubLeagueSeasonLeague
AppsGoals
Barcelona CTercera2003–04105
Barcelona BSegunda B2003–0450
2004–05176
Total3211

Senior team

ClubSeasonLeagueCupUCLSupercupUSCFCWCTotal
AppGoalAppGoalAppGoalAppGoalAppsGoalAppGoalAppGoal
Barcelona2004–0571101091
2005–061762161258
2006–072614225120103617
2007–08281030964016
2008–093123861295138
2009–103534311181210225347
2010–113331771312235553
2011–1237507311142311226073
2012–13324654118225060
Total246215382479599103144380313

International

As of 26 March 2013

International appearances

TeamYearAppsGoals
Argentina200550
200672
2007146
200882
2009103
2010102
2011134
2012912
201331
Total7932