Lionel Messi, also known as “Messi”, is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona. He is widely considered one of the greatest players in the history of football and has been called “the best player in the world”. Lionel Messi was born in Rosario, Argentina, on September 17, 1987. He began playing football at age four and joined the youth academy of Rosario Central at age eight.

At age 16, he moved to Barcelona and joined the Barcelona B side, which played in the second division of Spanish football. At age 17, he made his debut with the first team, and became the youngest player ever to play for Barcelona. In 2004, Messi scored his first goal for the team. He then went on to become the youngest player ever to score 100 goals in La Liga, and the youngest player to score 50 goals in La Liga. He also holds the record for the most hat tricks scored by a player under 21 years old.

In 2008, Messi was named FIFA World Player of the Year, becoming the youngest recipient of this award. In 2009, he was named European Footballer of the Year by UEFA. In 2010, he won the Ballon d’Or, the most prestigious individual sports award in the world. He is the first player to win the Ballon d’Or while still a member of a national team. He is the first player since Pele in 1958 to be awarded the Ballon d’Or three times.

Messi is also the first player to win the Golden Boot award three times, and the only player to win it more than once. In 2013, he was named the World’s Best Male Athlete by Time magazine. He is the first player in history to win the UEFA Champions League with two different clubs. He is the first player from Argentina to win the UEFA Champions League. He is also the youngest player to score 100 goals in the UEFA Champions League.

He is the youngest player to have scored 100 goals in the UEFA Champions league, and the youngest player to reach 100 caps for Argentina. He is also the youngest captain of the Argentine national team. He is also the youngest goalkeeper to start a match for Argentina.

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