Lionel Messi

 Best Soccer Player The World Have Ever Seen.

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Born on June 24, 1987, in Rosario, Argentina,soccer player Lionel Messi moved to Spain at the age of 13, after theFC Barcelona club agreed to pay for hormone-deficiency treatments. Messi becamea star in his new country, scoring at will while leading his club tochampionships. In 2012, he set a record for most goals in a calendar year, andin 2016, he was named Europe's Ballond'Or winner for the fifth time.
Lionel Andrés"Leo" Messi (born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine footballer who playsas a forward for La Liga club FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team. He servesas the captain of his country's national football team. By the age of 21, Messihad received Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations. Thefollowing year, in 2009, he won his first Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player ofthe Year awards. He followed this up by winning the inaugural FIFA Ballon d'Orin 2010, and again in 2011 and 2012. He also won the 2010-11 UEFA Best Playerin Europe Award. At the age of 24, Messi became Barcelona's all-time top scorer in all officialclub competitions. At age 25, Messi became the youngest player to score 200 LaLiga goals. Messi became the first player to top-score in four successiveChampions League campaigns. He set the European record for most goals scored ina season during the 2011-12 season, with 73 goals. In the same season, he setthe current goalscoring record in a single La Liga season, scoring 50 goals. On16 February 2013, Lionel Messi scored his 300th Barcelonagoal against Granada.His playing style and stature have drawn comparisons to compatriot DiegoMaradona, who himself declared Messi his "successor". On 2 June,2012, Messi assisted and scored a goal in Argentina's4-0 win against Ecuadorin a World Cup 2014 Qualifying match. He celebrated scoring his 23rd goal for Argentina byplacing the ball under his jersey, as his girlfriend was reportedly 12 weekspregnant. On 2 November, 2012, Messi became a father for the first timefollowing the birth of his son, Thiago. The Argentine striker added on hisFacebook page: "Today I am the happiest man in the world, my son was bornand thanks to God for this gift!" Messi has maintained close ties to hisfamily since leaving for Spain,and has gone to great lengths to maintain them. In 2007, Messi established theLeo Messi Foundation, a charity supporting access to education and health carefor vulnerable children. On 11 March, 2010, Messi was announced as a goodwillambassador for UNICEF, his activities are aimed at supporting children'srights. Messi is supported in this by Barcelona,who also have a strong association with UNICEF. In March 2010, France Footballranked him at the top of its list of the world's richest footballers, ahead ofDavid Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, with £29.6 million (€33 million) incombined income from salaries, bonuses and off-field earnings. His net wealthis estimated at $110 millIon.

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Argentina's Lionel Messi,considered to be one of the greatest football players of all time, celebratesduring the FIFA World Cup.
Lionel Messi and Argentina weredefeated 1-0 by Germany in the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals on Sunday.
A win would have given Argentinait's third World Cup and the first since Diego Maradona led them to victory in1986. This would also have been Messi's first World Cup victory.
Despite the heart-breaking loss,the 27-year-old Messi was awarded The Golden Ball for the tournament (althoughhe would have gladly given that award up for the World Cup).
He's also considered to be the best football (aka soccer) player in the world today, and in the conversation for perhaps the greatest player of all time (in fact, some feel that a World Cup victory would solidify his name as not only one of the greatest of all time, but perhaps the greatest ever).
It's like watching raging bulls.
He's got extraordinary strength for a small man.
Yet, he'll score goals, as if they're going out of fashion.
Nobody's ever scored goals at this ratio.

THE THING ABOUT MESSI WHICH ADMIRE THE MOST IS THE INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES GIVEN BY LIONEL MESSI: SOME ARE AS FOLLOWS

-I always want more.
Whether it’s a goal,
Or winning a game,
I’m never satisfied.

-To be honest, 
At that moment [when my contract was signed on that napkin], 
I never would have dreamed that this would happen to me. 
I never could have imagined that I was going to live the life that I have. 
I’d always dreamed of being a top football player 
And I’m living my dream.(BEST ONE)


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