100 Facts About Lionel Messi

1. In 2012, a 24 year old Lionel Messi became the all-time leading scorer for Barcelona in all club competitions.

FactSnippet No. 841,217

2. Lionel Messi moved from Argentina to Spain with his father to join the youth academy.

FactSnippet No. 841,215

3. Lionel Messi does not have the best reputation with the Argentinean national team, as many fans label him as a Spaniard, but he has impressed for his country and particularly in the 2014 World Cup, where he took home the Golden Ball.

FactSnippet No. 841,213

4. Lionel Messi holds passports for both Spain and his native Argentina, and turned down an opportunity to play with the Spanish national team because he sees himself as Argentinian, despite spending many of his formative years in Spain.

FactSnippet No. 841,212

5. Lionel Messi was born on the 24th of June, 1987 in Rosario, Argentina.

FactSnippet No. 841,210

6. Lionel Messi has steered the Catalan giants to six La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey titles, three Champions League titles plus several other trophies.

FactSnippet No. 841,208

7. Lionel Messi is, undoubtedly, one of the all time greats.

FactSnippet No. 841,207

8. Lionel Messi is part of Barcelona's squad and is available for the game, but it's unclear if he'll play against Real Madrid.

FactSnippet No. 841,205

9. Lionel Messi scored his first senior goal on 1 May 2005, against Albacete, from an assist by Ronaldinho, becoming—at that time—the youngest-ever scorer for the club.

FactSnippet No. 841,203 - en.wikipedia.org

10. Lionel Messi opened a kids park for children living in the hospital at the University hospital Vall d'hebron In Barcelona.

FactSnippet No. 772,296

11. Lionel Messi achieved victory in the under 20 World Cup in Argentina.

FactSnippet No. 772,295

12. Lionel Messi began football at a young age and his potential was quickly seen by Barcelona.

FactSnippet No. 772,293

13. Lionel Messi is the first and only player to become a top scorer in four consecutive Champions League campaigns.

FactSnippet No. 772,291

14. Lionel Messi is the first football player in the World to win three European Golden Shoe awards.

FactSnippet No. 772,290

15. Lionel Messi holds the record of scoring most consecutive league matches in a competitive league.

FactSnippet No. 772,289

16. Lionel Messi received the prestigious FIFA World Player of the year nominations in 2008 when he was only 21 years old.

FactSnippet No. 772,286

17. Lionel Messi played his Youth football career for Newell's Old Boys football club between the year 1995 and 2000 before being signed by FC club Barcelona in Spain.

FactSnippet No. 772,285

18. Lionel Messi was born on 24th June 1987 in the Rosario region of Argentina.

FactSnippet No. 772,282

19. Lionel Messi Is an Argentine Football player who is currently playing his professional football  at the Spanish Football club FC Barcelona.

FactSnippet No. 772,281

20. Lionel Messi does not like to watch highlights of himself.

FactSnippet No. 772,280

21. Lionel Messi ranked second behind Neymar in SportsPro magazine's 2013 list of the world's most marketable athletes.

FactSnippet No. 772,278

22. Lionel Messi is a devout Roman Catholic and he met Pope francis at the Vatican in 2013.

FactSnippet No. 772,276

23. Lionel Messi had the boy's name and handprints tattooed on his left calf.

FactSnippet No. 772,275

24. Lionel Messi appeared in a 2012 television advert for Japanese face wash Scalp-D.

FactSnippet No. 772,273

25. Lionel Messi is the founder of the organization, Leo Messi Foundation, which helps give children the best opportunities for education and health care.

FactSnippet No. 772,271

26. Lionel Messi is the sixth youngest soccer player to score a goal in a World Cup games.

FactSnippet No. 772,269

27. Lionel Messi inherited the No 10 Barca jersey from another great footballer Ronaldinho in the summer of 2008.

FactSnippet No. 772,268

28. Lionel Messi made his debut in the Spanish First Division league.

FactSnippet No. 772,267

29. Lionel Messi shares his birthplace with the Argentinian revolutionary Che Guevera.

FactSnippet No. 772,265

30. Lionel Messi was born on June 24, 1987 in Rosario, Argentina.

FactSnippet No. 772,264

31. Lionel Messi is arguably the best footballer in the world at the moment.

FactSnippet No. 772,263

32. Lionel Messi embarked on an all-out assault on the record books in 2012.

FactSnippet No. 772,262

33. Lionel Messi became a father in November 2012 when Roccuzzo gave birth to a son, Thiago.

FactSnippet No. 772,261

34. Lionel Messi met Roccuzzo in their hometown of Rosario when he was five years old.

FactSnippet No. 772,260

35. On June 30, 2017, Lionel Messi married Antonella Roccuzzo, his longtime girlfriend and the cousin of his best friend and fellow soccer player Lucas Scaglia.

FactSnippet No. 772,259

36. Lionel Messi was born on June 24, 1987, in Rosario, Argentina.

FactSnippet No. 772,258

37. Lionel Messi is 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs 72 kilograms.

FactSnippet No. 772,257

38. At the age of 13, Lionel Messi moved from Argentina to Spain after FC Barcelona agreed to pay for his medical treatments.

FactSnippet No. 772,256

39. Lionel Messi is the best player in the world, simple as that.

FactSnippet No. 772,255

40. Lionel Messi 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.

FactSnippet No. 772,248 - en.wikipedia.org

41. Lionel Messi currently lives in Castelldefels, a village near Barcelona.

FactSnippet No. 772,247 - en.wikipedia.org

42. Lionel Messi missed training ahead of a match against Atletico Madrid to attend the birth of his second son, Mateo, on 11 September 2015 in Barcelona.

FactSnippet No. 772,245 - en.wikipedia.org

43. Lionel Messi has known Roccuzzo since he was five years old, as she is the cousin of his best friend since childhood, Lucas Scaglia, who is a football player.

FactSnippet No. 772,244 - en.wikipedia.org

44. Lionel Messi stepped in and paid the salaries of the three members.

FactSnippet No. 772,242 - en.wikipedia.org

45. Lionel Messi was greeted by fans with signs like "Don't go, Leo" when the team landed in Buenos Aires.

FactSnippet No. 772,239 - en.wikipedia.org

46. Lionel Messi was included in the squad for the South American Youth Championship, held in Colombia in February 2005.

FactSnippet No. 772,236 - en.wikipedia.org

47. Lionel Messi finished the year with 51 goals, making him Europe's top scorer, one ahead of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

FactSnippet No. 772,235 - en.wikipedia.org

48. Lionel Messi recovered in time for the last 16 round of the Champions League against Liverpool, but was effectively marked out of the game; Barcelona, the reigning champions, were out of the competition.

FactSnippet No. 772,231 - en.wikipedia.org

49. Lionel Messi scored his first senior goal on 1 May 2005, against Albacete, from an assist by Ronaldinho, becoming—at that time—the youngest-ever scorer for the club.

FactSnippet No. 772,230 - en.wikipedia.org

50. Lionel Messi played five games with the B team that season but did not score.

FactSnippet No. 772,229 - en.wikipedia.org

51. Lionel Messi would dribble past four players and score a goal.

FactSnippet No. 772,227 - en.wikipedia.org

52. Lionel Messi was scouted by Buenos Aires club River Plate, whose playmaker, Pablo Aimar, he idolised, but they were unable to pay for his treatment due to the country's economic collapse.

FactSnippet No. 772,226 - en.wikipedia.org

53. Lionel Messi Is an Argentine Football player who is currently playing his professional football at the Spanish Football club FC Barcelona.

FactSnippet No. 132,280

54. Lionel Messi lists fours signings for Barcelona to complete in 2019.

FactSnippet No. 132,276

55. Lionel Messi has taken a break from the national scene since the World Cup, and there's no clear idea of when he is expected to return.

FactSnippet No. 132,275

56. Lionel Messi is better than Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo in one area—BBC journalist.

FactSnippet No. 132,272

57. Lionel Messi has revealed what he really thinks about Wayne Rooney—and England fans are loving it.

FactSnippet No. 132,269

58. Lionel Messi reveals what he really thinks about Wayne Rooney.

FactSnippet No. 132,268

59. Lionel Messi is taking advantage of the FIFA international break spending a few days with his family in Dubai.

FactSnippet No. 132,267

60. Lionel Messi responds to whether he can do it on a 'cold night in Stoke'.

FactSnippet No. 132,262

61. Lionel Messi has brilliantly answered the 'can he do it on a cold night in Stoke' question.

FactSnippet No. 132,260

62. Lionel Messi is definitely returning to international football, says Argentina general manager.

FactSnippet No. 106,609

63. Lionel Messi returns to Barcelona starting line up against Real Betis.

FactSnippet No. 85,663

64. Lionel Messi has ended up on the losing side after bagging a brace for the first time in his stunning Barcelona career.

FactSnippet No. 85,658

65. Lionel Messi adds unwanted first to remarkable record as Barcelona brace counts for nothing.

FactSnippet No. 85,657

66. Lionel Messi returns from injury but can't stop Barcelona from losing at home.

FactSnippet No. 85,651

67. Lionel Messi scored twice on his return to the starting XI, but he and his team-mates.

FactSnippet No. 85,650

68. Lionel Messi is set to return to action for Barcelona in Sunday's La Liga match against Real Betis after recovering from his fractured arm.

FactSnippet No. 77,607

69. Lionel Messi is ready to play against Real Betis on Sunday.

FactSnippet No. 77,606

70. Lionel Messi made the trip with Barcelona but is unlikely to play as he continues to recover from a fractured arm.

FactSnippet No. 77,605

71. Lionel Messi is in line to make his return from a broken arm on Sunday against Real Betis after being named in Ernesto Valverde's squad.

FactSnippet No. 77,604

72. Lionel Messi is back in the Barcelona squad for Sunday's match against Real Betis, but there is no Ousmane Dembele after reports of disciplinary trouble involving the Frenchman.

FactSnippet No. 77,603

73. Lionel Messi returns as Barca take on Real Betis but Ousmane Dembele misses out.

FactSnippet No. 77,602

74. Lionel Messi will decide whether he plays against Betis or not.

FactSnippet No. 70,866

75. On 7 June 2016, Lionel Messi won a libel case against La Razon newspaper and was awarded €65,000 in damages, which he donated to the charity Doctors without Borders.

FactSnippet No. 63,790 - en.wikipedia.org

76. Lionel 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.

FactSnippet No. 63,786 - en.wikipedia.org

77. Since leaving for Spain at age 13, Lionel Messi has maintained close ties to his hometown of Rosario, even preserving his distinct Rosarino accent.

FactSnippet No. 63,785 - en.wikipedia.org

78. On 10 March 2018, Lionel Messi skipped the match against Malaga after Ciro was born.

FactSnippet No. 63,783 - en.wikipedia.org

79. In April 2015, Lionel Messi confirmed on Facebook that they were expecting another child.

FactSnippet No. 63,782 - en.wikipedia.org

80. Since 2008, when he was 20, Lionel Messi has been in a relationship with Antonella Roccuzzo, a fellow native of Rosario.

FactSnippet No. 63,781 - en.wikipedia.org

81. Lionel Messi is a global brand ambassador for Gillette, Turkish Airlines, Ooredoo, and Tata Motors, among other companies.

FactSnippet No. 63,779 - en.wikipedia.org

82. For the last five years, Lionel Messi has been the Maradona of the World Cup in Mexico.

FactSnippet No. 63,775 - en.wikipedia.org

83. Throughout his career, Lionel Messi has been compared with his compatriot Diego Maradona, due to their similar playing styles as diminutive, left-footed dribblers.

FactSnippet No. 63,774 - en.wikipedia.org

84. Lionel Messi had just 49 touches of the ball and only two inside the Croatia penalty area.

FactSnippet No. 63,770 - en.wikipedia.org

85. On 28 March 2017, Lionel Messi was suspended for four international games for insulting an assistant referee in a game against Chile on 23 March 2017.

FactSnippet No. 63,769 - en.wikipedia.org

86. On 12 August, it was confirmed that Lionel Messi had reversed his decision to retire from international football, and he was included in the squad for the national team's upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

FactSnippet No. 63,768 - en.wikipedia.org

87. Just a week after Lionel Messi announced his international retirement, Argentine newspaper La Nacion reported that he was reconsidering playing for Argentina at the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in September.

FactSnippet No. 63,767 - en.wikipedia.org

88. Lionel Messi is the greatest thing we have in Argentina and we must take care of him.

FactSnippet No. 63,766 - en.wikipedia.org

89. President of Argentina Mauricio Macri urged Lionel Messi not to quit, stating, "We are lucky, it is one of life's pleasures, it is a gift from God to have the best player in the world in a footballing country like ours.

FactSnippet No. 63,765 - en.wikipedia.org

90. At the conclusion of the final, Lionel Messi was awarded the Golden Ball as the best player of the tournament.

FactSnippet No. 63,763 - en.wikipedia.org

91. Along with Riquelme, Lionel Messi was singled out by FIFA as the stand-out player from the tournament's best team.

FactSnippet No. 63,761 - en.wikipedia.org

92. Lionel Messi was reportedly found weeping in the dressing room after his sending-off.

FactSnippet No. 63,758 - en.wikipedia.org

93. Lionel Messi declined the offer, having aspired to represent La Albiceleste since childhood.

FactSnippet No. 63,756 - en.wikipedia.org

94. On 23 October, Lionel Messi finished as the runner-up behind Cristiano Ronaldo in 2017 Best FIFA Men's Player award for the second consecutive year.

FactSnippet No. 63,755 - en.wikipedia.org

95. Lionel Messi became only the second player after Cristiano Ronaldo to reach this century milestone, but accomplished it in 21 fewer appearances than the Portuguese counterpart.

FactSnippet No. 63,754 - en.wikipedia.org

96. On 12 November, Lionel Messi placed second in the 2016 Ballon d'Or behind Cristiano Ronaldo, who claimed the award for the fourth time.

FactSnippet No. 63,752 - en.wikipedia.org

97. Lionel Messi sent Muller a number 10 Barcelona shirt, signed "with respect and admiration", after breaking his 40-year record.

FactSnippet No. 63,749 - en.wikipedia.org

98. Lionel Messi helped the team achieve 16 consecutive league victories, a record in Spanish football, concluding with another hat-trick against Atletico Madrid on 5 February 2011.

FactSnippet No. 63,747 - en.wikipedia.org

99. On 24 June 2005, his 18th birthday, Lionel Messi signed his first contract as a senior team player.

FactSnippet No. 63,742 - en.wikipedia.org

100. Born and raised in central Argentina, Lionel Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency as a child.

FactSnippet No. 63,736 - en.wikipedia.org