The 30-year-old Argentina forward footballer Lionel Messi considered the best player in the world and regarded by many as the greatest of all time, Messi is the only player in history to win five FIFA Ballon d’Or awards, four of which he won consecutively, and a record-tying four European Golden Shoes. Lionel Messi made his debut for Argentina against Hungary on August 17, 2005; scored his first international goal in his fifth appearance against Croatia in 2006. So far Messi scored 61 international goals in 122 matches. In the final of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, with the goal of the Lionel Messi Argentina defeated Nigeria to claim Olympic gold medals. Following Argentina’s loss to Chile in the Copa America final in 2016, Lionel Messi announced his retirement in 2016, he reversed his decision and led his country to qualification for the 2018 World Cup. Among his contemporary peers, Messi is most often compared and contrasted with Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo.
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