Lionel Andres Messi is Argentina’s Stricker and World Cup Winner of 2022. The player is 35 years old and on way to win his 8th Ballon d’Or. Here are 10 untold facts about Messi.
10: The youngest player to score two hundred La Liga goals
Messi was only 25 years old when he became the youngest player to score 200 La Liga goals. Messi set this record in seven seasons of La Liga only. He scored all these goals from FC Barcelona. After he joined the league, he never looked back and kept setting records.
9: Goat, the Greatest Footballer of All Time
Fans have given Messi this title, and many professional players call him by this name, ‘goat. Commentators also call him a goat. He won Copa America in 2021, and the winning streak continued in 2022; he won the Qatar World Cup in 2022. This was Messi’s first world cup trophy and Argentina’s third world cup trophy.
8: Messi, the 7th Ballon d’Or winner
Lionel Messi is the player who has won four consecutive Ballon d’Or awards and, in total, seven. He is the player who has six golden shoes. The player is so phenomenal that people love him for his skills. He will leave one of the best football legacies when he retires from the game. He will be known as a player who broke all the records and raised the bar for everyone else.
7: Barcelona’s All-Time Leading Goal Scorer: Lionel Messi
He becomes the all-time leading goal scorer at FC Barcelona at the age of 24 years. Messi scored over 500 goals while playing for FC Barcelona in La Liga, Champions League, and Copa del Rey. His incredible skill with the ball made him a legendary footballer and one of the best footballers who played for FC Barcelona.
6: UEFA Best Player in Europe Award
In 2011, he was awarded the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award. With this award, he became the best player in Europe.
5: Messi Belongs to a Very Humble Family
The father of a great footballer was a worker in a steel factory, and her mother was a worker in a magnet manufacturing factory in Argentina. When Messi was diagnosed with hormone defiance, the treatment was so expensive that the family could not afford it. It was the FC Barcelona youth team that sponsored Messi’s treatment. There were hundreds of dollars in expenses every week for Messi’s treatment, and FC Barcelona paid all the expenses.
4: Lionel Messi’s First Contract Was Signed on a Paper Napkin
On December 14, 2000, Messi signed his first contract with FC Barcelona. At the time, there was no paper available to sign his contract, which is why the agreement was written on a napkin in a cafeteria. This was done because the manager was so eager to sign the player. Messi proved everyone right with his exceptional performance on the pitch, and the player is still breaking records every day.
3: The International Career Messi Started in 2005
He joined the under-20 team of Argentina. He led the team in the 2005 World Cup, earned the title of “best player of the tournament,” and was the leading goal scorer of the U-20 World Cup with six goals. That was Messi’s first world cup, and in 2022, after 17 years, Messi lifted the FIFA World Cup trophy.
2: Lionel Messi is the most award-winning player in the history of Argentina.
He won the 2022 World Cup. Messi played 26 matches in the World Cup and scored 13 goals. The goal-to-match ratio is 0.50 goals per game.
Copa America Champion 2021
World Cup Champion 2022
Ballon d’Or Winner 7 times
scored 91 goals in one calendar year
350 Career Assistance
Golden shoe winner six times
1: To 531 million people on social media follow Lionel Messi.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner is making history, and more than 500 million people follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
On Instagram, he has posted around 900 photos and videos.
According to different sources, he takes around $2.95 million per sponsored Instagram post. Now one can imagine how much he earns from his social media accounts.