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Born: June 24, 1987 (age 34 years), Rosario, Argentina
Height: 1.7 m
Spouse: Antonela Roccuzzo (m. 2017)
Current teams: Paris Saint-Germain F.C. (#30 / Forward), Argentina national football team (#10 / Forward)
Children: Thiago Messi Roccuzzo, Ciro Messi Roccuzzo, Mateo Messi Roccuzzo
Nationality: Argentine, Spanish
Wife: Antonella Roccuzzo
Hometown: Rosario, Argentina
Full NameLionel Andrés Messi
Nickname(s)Leo, Atomic Flea, La Pulga, La Pulga Atomica, Messidona
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 170 cm
in meters- 1.70 m
in feet inches- 5’ 7”
Jersey Number#10 (FC Barcelona)
Coach/Mentor• Salvador Aparicio (Messi’s first coach when he was a child)
• Frank Rijkaard
• Pep Guardiola
Date of Birth24 June 1987 (Wednesday)
Age (as of 2021)34 Years
HometownRosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
SchoolDid Not Attend
College/UniversityDid Not Attend
Affairs/GirlfriendsAntonella Roccuzzo (Model and Dietician) (2007-2017)
Marriage DateJune 30, 2017
Wife/SpouseAntonella Roccuzzo (Model and Dietician)
• Thiago Messi Roccuzzo
• Mateo Messi Roccuzzo
• Ciro Messi Roccuzzo
ParentsFather- Jorge Horácio Messi (Steel Factory Worker)
Mother- Celia María Cuccittini
• Rodrigo Messi (Elder; Messi’s business manager)
• Matías Messi (Elder; Manager of Messi’s professional brands)
Sister- Maria Sol Messi (Younger; Social Media Influencer)
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Since 2008, Messi has been in a relationship with Antonela Roccuzzo, a fellow native of Rosario.
He has known Roccuzzo since he was five years old, as she is the cousin of his childhood best friend, Lucas Scaglia, who is also a football player.
After keeping their relationship private for a year, Messi first confirmed their romance in an interview in January 2009, before going public a month later during a carnival in Sitges after the Barcelona–Espanyol derby.
“Leo is not shy. He’s introverted. He’s reserved.”
— Endocrinologist Dr. Diego Schwarzstein, who addressed Messi’s growth hormone deficiency from 1997 to 2001.
Messi and Roccuzzo have three sons: Thiago (born 2012), Mateo (born 2015) and Ciro (born 2018).
To celebrate his partner’s first pregnancy, Messi placed the ball under his shirt after scoring in Argentina’s 4–0 win against Ecuador on 2 June 2012, before confirming the pregnancy in an interview two weeks later.
Thiago was born in Barcelona on 2 November 2012, with Messi attending the birth after being given permission by Barcelona to miss training.
He announced his son’s arrival on his Facebook page, writing, “Today I am the happiest man in the world, my son was born and thanks to God for this gift!”
Thiago’s name and handprints are tattooed on his left calf.
In April 2015, Messi confirmed on Facebook that they were expecting another child.
He missed training ahead of a match against Atlético Madrid to attend the birth of his second son, Mateo, on 11 September 2015 in Barcelona.
On 30 June 2017, he married Roccuzzo at a luxury hotel named Hotel City Center in Rosario with about 260 guests attending his wedding.
On 15 October 2017, his wife announced they were expecting their third child in an Instagram post.
On 10 March 2018, Messi skipped the match against Málaga after Ciro was born.
Messi enjoys a close relationship with his immediate family members, particularly his mother, Celia, whose face he has tattooed on his left shoulder.
His professional affairs are largely run as a family business: his father, Jorge, has been his agent since he was 14, and his oldest brother, Rodrigo, handles his daily schedule and publicity.
His mother and other brother, Matías, manage his charitable organization, the Leo Messi Foundation, and take care of personal and professional matters in Rosario.
Since leaving for Spain at age 13, Messi has maintained close ties to his hometown of Rosario, even preserving his distinct Rosarino accent.
He has kept ownership of his family’s old house, although it has long stood empty; he maintains a penthouse apartment in an exclusive residential building for his mother, as well as a family compound just outside the city.
Once when he was in training with the national team in Buenos Aires, he made a three-hour trip by car to Rosario immediately after practice to have dinner with his family, spent the night with them, and returned to Buenos Aires the next day in time for practice.
Messi keeps in daily contact via phone and text with a small group of confidants in Rosario, most of whom were fellow members of “The Machine of ’87” at Newell’s Old Boys.
He currently lives in Castelldefels, a village near Barcelona.
Although considered a one-club man, he has long planned to return to Rosario to end his playing career at Newell’s.
He was on bad terms with the club after his transfer to Barcelona, but by 2012 their public feud had ended, with Newell’s embracing their ties with Messi, even issuing a club membership card to his newborn son.
Lionel Messi is one of the most celebrated players in the world of football. He is considered one of the greatest football players of all time. He plays for the Argentina national football team and the Spanish football club “FC Barcelona.”
He had developed a passion for sports at an early age and joined a local football club “Grandoli” at the age of 4, where he was coached by his father.
Lionel Messi in his childhood
Messi was greatly affected by his grandmother’s death; as she used to accompany him to training and matches during his childhood. To pay her a tribute, Messi celebrates all his goals by looking up and pointing to the sky.
Lionel Messi looking up to the sky after scoring a goal
Messi shares his birthplace (Rosario, Argentina) with the Argentine revolutionary, Che Guevara. Messi is also the international ambassador of Rasario.
He was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency when he was 10 years old.
On 16 November 2003, he made his first-team debut at the age of 16 years, 4 months and 23 days, when he came in the 75th minute during a friendly match against “FC Porto.”
After seeing Messi playing at the age of 16, Ronaldinho told his teammates- “Messi would become an even better player than me.”
Messi holds passports of both Spain and Argentina. Even though he has spent a lot of time in Spain, he turned down the offer to play with the Spanish national team.
Carles Rexach (Barcelona Coach) was so impressed with Messi that he wanted to sign him up without wasting any time, so, he signed a contract with Messi on a paper napkin; as at that time, Messi just had a napkin which could be used to write something.
In 2005, he made his international debut against Hungary, but he lasted for only 47 seconds; as he was soon given a “Red Card.”
Spanish Media calls him “La Pulga” (The Atomic Flea) as he has a low centre of gravity because of his short stature which gives him greater agility, allowing him to change directions quickly.
He is the only player who runs faster with the ball than without it. He is predominantly a left-footed player.
Messi is considered to be the best dribbler (a technique to propel the ball towards the opposition goal by traveling with the ball) in the world.
Messi has been compared to Diego Maradona throughout his career.
Messi does not sing the National Anthem of Argentina.
In 2015, Forbes magazine listed him as the world’s second-highest-paid athlete (after Cristiano Ronaldo).
In March 2013, a solid gold replica of his left foot weighing 55 pounds (25 kg) worth $5.25 million went on sale in Japan to raise funds for the 2011 tsunami and earthquake victims.
The gold foot has very fine detailing, which shows the blood vessels on his foot and also the swirls skin on the bottom of the foot.
Filmmaker Álex de la Iglesia made a documentary “Messi” about his life. The documentary premiered at the “Venice Film Festival” in August 2014.
Throughout his career, he has been involved with charitable activities, and he was also appointed as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in March 2010.
Lionel Messi appointed as the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
He has also founded a charitable organization “Leo Messi Foundation,” which supports education, health, and sports for children.
Lionel Messi in an event organized by the Leo Messi Foundation
On 26 June 2016, when Messi missed a penalty in the final shootout in the “Copa America Final” and Argentina lost to Chile, he announced his retirement from international football.
However, he reversed his decision later, and he led Argentina to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
His longtime girlfriend-turned-wife, Antonella Roccuzzo is his cousin’s best friend, Lucas Scaglia, who is also a footballer.
In 2018, Forbes listed him as the world’s highest-paid athlete (with $84 million salary/winnings) after Floyd Mayweather.
In 2019, he was named as the Best Player of the Year for the sixth time, and he was awarded the “Ballon d’Or Award”.
This also made him the player with the most number of Ballon d’Or awards, surpassing Cristiano Ronaldo, who has 5 awards.
Megan Rapinoe was also named as the “Best Female Player of the Year” in the Ballon d’Or event.
On 11 July 2021, Messi lifted his first trophy with Argentina by winning the Copa America 1-0 against Brazil in Rio de Janeiro; Messi had previously tasted defeat in one World Cup final and three Copa finals with Argentina.
After the match, an emotional Messi told reporters –
I was close many times. I knew it would happen eventually. I am grateful to God for giving me this moment, in Brazil against Brazil. I think He was saving this moment for me.”
Lionel Messi is lifted by his Argentina teammates at the end of the Copa America final on 11 July 2021
In August 2021, Messi had to leave his favourite club Barcelona for which he won 35 trophies, including 10 league titles and four UEFA Champions League crowns.
Messi’s exit from the club sent shock waves among his fans, and the reason cited behind his exit was the Spanish LaLiga’s financial fair-play rules, which are among the strictest in the world.
On 8 August 2021, during a press conference, a teary-eyed Messi bid goodbye to his favourite club while telling the Catalan media that he had no choice but to leave. He said,
The club did not want to go into more debt.”