Lionel Messi Lionel Messi 16 June 2018

Lionel Messi
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Messi with Argentina at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini1
Date of birth 24 June 1987 (age 31)2
Place of birth Rosario, Argentina
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)3
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Number 10
Youth career
1994–2000 Newell’s Old Boys
2001–2004 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Barcelona C 10 (5)
2004–2005 Barcelona B 22 (6)
2004– Barcelona 422 (387)
National team‡
2004–2005 Argentina U20 18 (14)
2008 Argentina U23 5 (2)
2005– Argentina 128 (65)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 September 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 June 2018
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Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittininote 1 (Spanish pronunciation: ljo?nel an?d?ez ?mesi (About this sound listen);A born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward and captains both Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentina national team. Often considered the best player in the world and regarded by many as one of the greatest players of all time,678 Messi has won a record-tying five Ballon d’Or awards,note 2 four of which he won consecutively, and a record five European Golden Shoes. He has spent his entire professional career with Barcelona, where he has won 33 trophies, including nine La Liga titles, four UEFA Champions League titles, and six Copas del Rey. Both a prolific goalscorer and a creative playmaker, Messi holds the records for most official goals scored in La Liga (387), a La Liga season (50), a club football season in Europe (73), a calendar year (91), El Clásico (26), as well as those for most assists in La Liga (150) and the Copa América (11). He has scored over 600 senior career goals for club and country.