Lionel Andres Messi born 24 June 1987 is a proffesional Argentine and Barcelona player. He is considered to be the greatest player of all time,he has 5 whooping ballon'd or to his name. A prolific scorer,he is the all time leading goal scorer for Argentina and has a record six European Golden Shoe,he has the most goals in la liga,most hatricks in Uefa champions league,most goals in European league season,most assist in Copa America and La liga. He has scored over 690 senoir carrer goals for both club and country. He was born in Rosario,a small town in Argentina to Jorge Messi,a steel factory manager and Celia Cuccittini,a cleaner. At age 10,he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency which made him to relocate to Spain where he joined the famous Barcelona football academy popularly known as La Masia. At 16 year old,he made his debut for Barcelona first team in a match against Porto in November 2003. He is often termed as the best dribbler of all time that have an impeccable ability to dribble and take on opponent;he easily thread his way through packed defenses and many opposing defenders are always at loss by his dribbling expertise. He was dub the Atomic flea because of his ability to evade opposing tackles and to change direction more quickly. He led Argentina to victory in 2005 Fifa Youth Championship,where he received the best player of the tournament and the golden shoe. At age 24 he became Barcelona all-time leading scorer in La liga. He led his Argentine team to winning the gold medal in 2008 Beijing Olympics,providing the assist that later won the gold against the Nigerian team. As a young player,he was named world soccer young player of the year, Fifpro world young player of the year and Copa America young player of the tournament.
He had won over 34 trophies for Fc Barcelona with 10 La liga trophies, 4 UEFA champions league,6 Copa del rey, 3 UEFA super cup, 3 FIFA club world cup and 8 Spanish super cup. Individually, he has numerous awards ranging from 5 ballon d'or, 6 European Golden shoe, 1 FIFA player of the year,1 FIFA world cup Golden ball, 1 Copa America Golden ball, 2 UEFA men's player of the year, 1 UEFA club footballer of the year, UEFA club forward of the year, 1 Globe soccer awards best player of the year, 7 La liga best player award, 7 La liga best forward award, 2 FIFA club world cup Golden ball, 1 FIFA club world cup silver ball, 2 FIFA club world cup most valuable player. As a young player,he won the Golden ball and the Golden shoe in 2005 FIFA youth championship, he was named young best player thrice by Fifpro, he also won the prestigious Golden boy award and also Copa America young best player of the tournament in 2007. He has been named Argentine footballer of the year a record seven times. He has been in the UEFA team of the year 10 times and also 12 times in the FIFA Fifpro team if the year. Based on his performance, he has been named la liga top goal scorer for a record 6 times, crowned the la liga top assist provider 5 times, 5 times Copa del rey highest goal scorer, 6 times UEFA champions league top goal scorer,to only mention a few; Lionel Messi is definitely a phenomenon player. To crown it all his off field personality has made many endeared to this alien. He has been involved in many charitable efforts;he definitely have a heart of gold. In 2017,his foundation helped built twenty classrooms in schools that was affected by the horrific and barbaric civil war in Syria. As a unicef ambassador he visited Haiti to commemorate with the Haitians on the horrific earthquake that left much of the country in ruin. In 2015, he donated 315 pounds to unicef on Spanish children in need programme 'un Sol para Los chicos'. Never forgetting his hometown Rosario,he gave for the upgrading of a children hospital. During his wedding he donated all the the wedding gifts to his charity foundation and all the leftover food and drink to the local food bank. His charity work is mostly centered on kids;which is a reflection of what he passed through in his childhood. He sponsored a 12years old aspiring footballer that was suffering from the same growth hormone deficiency that Messi suffered in childhood;he sponsored the boy medical bills for 6years. He got internet buzzing with the case of Murtaza Ahmadi,a six years Afghanistan boy that make Messi his idol; Messi met the boy and even sent him a signed jersey. He teamed up with tennis star Serena Williams in '1 in 11' campaign,a project designed to help 58millions out of school children to get education. He was involved in the donation for Doctors without borders and he laid the foundation stone of SJD Pediatric center(Joan de Deu hospital). During Barcelona tour in Thailand,he met and played football with young people living with disabilities. Messi is definitely one of the most phenomenal football player ever in the game,he was among the Time 100 world's most influential people as published by Time in 2011 and 2012. He was ranked by Forbes as the world's highest-paid athlete in 2019.