Lionel Messi is a professional soccer player who was born in Rosario, Argentina, on June 24, 1987. He was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency when he was only 11 years old. Messi was a highly touted youth soccer player at the time, but most of the club teams were not willing to pay for his monthly treatment. FC Barcelona started paying for his medical treatments, and he has played for the team his entire career. Messi has never been married, and he does not have any children.
After playing on the FC Barcelona junior team for four years, Lionel Messi finally got called up to the first team in October 2014 at the age of 17. This made him the third youngest player to play in La Liga. Due to his youth, Messi did not start appearing regularly for FC Barcelona until the 2006-07 season. He scored a total of 33 goals in 76 games in his first two seasons as a regular player. Messi began to develop into the superstar player he is today in the 2008-09 season. He score 38 goals that season on his way be being name the FIFA World Player of the Year. New FC Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola moved Messi into a more attacking role the next season, which helped him score even more goals. This new attacking style helped him score 100 goals in two seasons under Guardiola. His skills went to a new level from 2011-13. In these two seasons, Lionel Messi scored 133 goals in 110 games. He once again score more than a goal per game in the 2014-15 season when he scored 58 goals in 57 matches.
Lionel Messi is one of the most talented and successful soccer players in the world. He has earned a salary of just over $20 million from FC Barcelona in 2013 and 2014. He also added $21 million in 2013 and $23 million in 2014 from endorsement deals with Pepsi, EA Sports and Adidas. With yearly earnings well over $40 million, Lionel Messi has an estimated net worth of $210 million in 2015.
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