Biography of Lionel Messi:- Possessed of an exceptional technical ability, a devilish speed and an inexhaustible inventiveness, since arriving from the hand of his parents to 13-year-old FC Barcelona, he made a vertiginous race for the different categories until the first team, in which debuted at just 16 years in a friendly against Porto. In 2004, at age 17, Leo Messi played his first official meeting of the Spanish League. At the age of 18, she received her international recognition: she was part of the Argentine national team, which won the 2005 FIFA U-20 World Youth Championship.
But his real emergence came with the arrival of Pep Guardiola to the Barca bench: during the four seasons in which the coach led the team (2008-2012), his stats statistics reached stratospheric levels, contributing in a decisive way to Barça live the best stage of its history when making 14 titles of the 18 possible. Considered unanimously the best footballer of the moment, his individual talent has been recognized in five occasions with the Ball of Gold (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015).
Biography of Lionel Messi
- Born:- 24 June 1987 (age 30), Rosario, Argentina
- Spouse:- Antonella Roccuzzo (m. 2017)
- Current Team:- FC Barcelona (#10 / Forward), Argentina national football team(Forward)
- Awards:- Ballon d’Or, FIFA World Player of the Yea
- Children:- Thiago Messi, Mateo Messi
Known as Leo or Pulga , his immense quality already pointed when he was five years old and played in the neighborhood club of his hometown run by his father, an employee of the metallurgical industry, and reaffirmed when, from his seven years, began playing in the lower divisions of Newell’s Old Boys in Rosario.
At the age of 10, on the verge of making the jump to the club River Plate of Buenos Aires, he was detected a delay in the bone development caused by a low level of hormones of the growth; the medical treatment was very expensive, the clubs did not want to face it and his father, who did not have the necessary financial resources, decided to emigrate to Barcelona with his family, where he had been offered a job opportunity. In September 2000, Leo Messi performed a test at FC Barcelona; the coach Carles Rexach was amazed by his football talent and, signing a contract on a paper napkin, as the story tells, he joined the club, who took care of the boy’s treatment. Messi was then thirteen and was 1.40.
From that moment Messi would be formed in the Masia, training center of the Barca youth, where he went through the different categories (Infantil A, Cadet B, Cadet A, Juvenile A, Barça C and Barça B) before reaching the first team, already in the era of President Joan Laporta. Although he took part in the friendly against FC Barcelona with FC Porto in the opening match of Estádio do Dragáo (November 16, 2003), his official debut in the first division with the azulgrana shirt occurred on October 16, 2004 in Montjuic, in the classic derby with the Spanish of Barcelona.
The rest is recent history. To his 17 years the Flea marked his first goal like professional in the Barça in a game against Albacete, and became the youngest player of the azulgrana equipment to achieve something in the Spanish League. During that season 2004-2005, the injuries that trailed some figures of the first equipment and its brilliant trajectory in the affiliate made that it was a habitual in the calls and that contributed to the title of Liga, the first of his palmarés.
But the progression of the battering ram had only begun. The 2005-2006 seasons, after a great debut in the Joan Gamper trophy against Juventus Turin was certainly a good campaign, although a muscle injury removed him from the pitch in the final stretch of the competition. It was displayed at the Santiago Bernabéu in a memorable game in which the Barça beat Real Madrid by 0-3, and Stamford Bridge, in the last 16 of the Champions League against Chelsea. The result of the season for Frank Rijkaard’s team could not be better: he won the Spanish Supercup, the League and the Champions League, the second in his history.
In 2006-2007 things did not go so well for Barça, who did not win any important title, but Messi delighted the fans with spectacular plays that already nominated him among the best players in the world. Among his moments of glory are counting to have achieved the three goals of Barcelona that earned him the draw against Real Madrid in the match played at the Camp Nou on March 10, 2007.
Another highlight in Leo Messi’s biography was his exploit on April 18 of that year, in the semi-finals of the King’s Cup against Getafe, when he eluded five players, including goalkeeper, and made the second goal of his team. This genius went around the world and all compared it to the Maradona who crowned the famous “Goal of the Century” against England in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. The progression of the player continued in 2007-2008, a difficult season for the team, who saw how the project led by Ronaldinho was exhausted and ended the era of Frank Rijkaard on the bench.
The Guardiola era
FC Barcelona started the 2008-2009 seasons with a new project that generated certain skepticism among the Catalans. President Laporta had entrusted the bench to a man of the house, Josep Guardiola, with good results in the branch but without first experience. The most optimistic augured good results in the long run, but the story was different. The boys of Guardiola, with Messi turned into indisputable crack, designed the most exciting football campaign in decades. With a book football, praised in Europe and in the world, they chained victories and results that pulverized all the records and they obtained what seemed impossible: to win in the same season the Glass of the King, Liga and the Champions League, a triplet history that no Spanish team had ever achieved.
In this campaign, Messi completed his first season without injuries and exceeded his record of games played (51) and goals (38). The Argentine was decisive in the finals of the Cup and Champions – marked the second goal of Barça in each of them -, and, between anthological goals, was the architect of two of the six goals that fit Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The three titles obtained in the season 2008-2009 gave access to the club to dispute so many tournaments in the beginning of the following, before ending the year: Supercopa of Spain, Supercopa of Europe and World-wide of Clubs. In all of them Barça won, setting a historic record: to lift in a single year the six trophies of the six competitions in which it participated. There is no doubt that, along with the coach, the explosion of Leo Messi was one of the keys that the Guardiola era (2008-2012) has gone down in history as the best club. The team conquered 14 titles from 18 possible matches: the six men mentioned above have to add two other Spanish League titles (2009-2010 and 2010-2011), another Champions League in 2010-2011 (Messi’s third and fourth of the history of the club), the Copa del Rey ( 2011-2012),
To what extent the role of Leo Messi in such triumphs was decisive can give an idea of the statistics. Of the 16 goals scored by Messi in the 2007-2008 season, he went on to score 38, 47, 53 and 73 goals in the four years of the Guardiola era, figures that are in themselves stratospheric, which can indicate in their progression that has not touched the roof , as illustrated by other aspects in which their numbers improve every year. Not only do you have to value your virtuosity in the dribble (your changes of pace break the rivals to the point that Arsenal coach Arsène Wenger called him “PlayStation player”) and his extraordinary precision in shots and shots, but also a vision of the game that has mad e him an excellent passer: from just three or four goal assists in his first seasons,
By now there were very few experts, coaches and colleagues who did not consider him the best player in the world. The sports press and the international federations recognized him as such, and in addition to the countless titles of his sporting record, the player monopolized individual recognition. Already in 2009 the magazine France Football awarded the Ballon d’Or and FIFA nominated him the Best Player in the World. Both awards were unified a year later in the FIFA Ballon d’Or, which fell on the Argentine in its first three editions (2010, 2011 and 2012) and again in 2015.
The dream of the World Cup
With the victory of Spain in the 2010 World Cup, some of Messi’s teammates at FC Barcelona had managed to include in their showcases all possible trophies; for the Argentinean, this remained a pending subject. Despite his contribution, and excluding the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the results with the Argentine national team were mediocre. At the World Cup in Germany (2006) did not pass the quarterfinals.
Higher expectations sparked the participation in the World Cup of South Africa (2010), with the Argentine star in a full time of form; but the Albiceleste side, under the controversial direction of the legendary Maradona as coach, fell head-on against Germany, again in the quarter-finals. The different performance of Leo Messi with the selection and with FC Barcelona made run rivers of ink; in the end, football is a team game in which any analysis must take into consideration many factors.
The Argentines put their hopes on the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but it must be said that Messi did not make it to the World Cup in its best version. Once the Guardiola era was over, it proved to remain the same in the 2012-2013 season with Tito Vilanova (Guardiola’s second) on the bench, and the club took the league with a points record; an injury of the Argentine crack in the decisive section of the season prevented greater triumphs. But at the beginning of the following season, with his compatriot Tata Martino as coach, a relapse in the injury separated him two months from the pitch, and although Barça had options until the end, the season 2013-2014 closed without any title and with a Messi less inspired than in the previous campaigns.
Certainly, neither the Argentine team nor Leo Messi shone especially in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Although the albicelestes started winning every game, they always did it by the minimum, and it was necessary to go to the penalty shootouts to overcome the semifinals. In the final against Germany, who came to humiliate the hosts by an unprecedented 7 to 1, the Argentines were able to stop the Germanic clash and had opportunities, but ended up losing in extra time. Considering the game exhibited, the runner-up was a good result; the Argentines had not achieved it since the time of Maradona. Messi was also distinguished with the Golden Ball of the World Cup, but the dream of conquering the precious title was again postponed.
The era Luis Enrique
To these relative failures with the Argentine national team, after two difficult seasons, a new resurgence of the splendor of the Barça with the disembarkation like technician of Luis Enrique, old Barça player who, after its incorporation at the beginning of season 2014-2015, just after the end of the World Cup, has been able to give the team new records beyond the “first touch” of Guardiola, reinforcing its verticality (with precise long passes that surprise and surpass the rival lines) and the power of the counterattack.
Adding to it the full recovery of Leo Messi and his perfect understanding with the new additions in the lead (Brazilian winger Neymar, young promise and likely successor Messi, and Uruguayan Luis Suarez as killeror the auctioneer), Barcelona reissued in the 2014-2015 season the successes of 2009 being awarded for second time the triplet (the Spanish League, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League), and was about to equal the six titles in a year natural to be proclaimed champion of the Supercopa of Europe and the World-wide of Clubs at the beginning of the season 2015-2016. The beginning of this new stage does not augur but new and overwhelming triumphs to the machinery azulgrana and its main star, already turned to its 28 years in “legend in active” of the most popular sport of the planet.