Lionel Messi

Major leaguer

  • 24 Feb - 02 Mar, 2018
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Born on June 24, 1987, Luis Lionel Andres aka Leo Messi is an Argentinian soccer player who plays forward for the FC Barcelona club and the Argentine national team. Messi moved from Argentina to Spain after FC Barcelona agreed to pay for his medical treatments when he was 13, and later became a star in the world of football while leading his club to various championships. Messi set a record for the most number of goals in a year in 2012, and was named Europe's Ballon d'Or winner for the fifth time in 2016. According to Forbes, Messi’s worth in 2017 is estimated at $80 million, which makes him the second highest-paid athlete in the world, just after his fellow soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo and basketball player LeBron James. Messi is regarded as the best soccer player in the game and has become a face of big brands around the world. He is a doting father of two sons and married his long-time girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo. Messi’s marriage to Antonella was dubbed to be ‘wedding of the century’ by Argentina's Clarín newspaper.