Lionel Messi was born in Rosario (Argentina). By local standards, this city is considered to be close, it is inhabited by about a million people. Rosario is located 300 km from the capital and is a major center for sea and rail.
Leo was born in an ordinary family: his father worked in a steel plant, and his mother – a cleaner. Whole family had 4 children: Rodrigo and Matias – older brothers Leo, his sister Maria Sol and Lionel himself.
Jorge earned coaching amateur football team “Grandolini” in which Leo and started playing at age 5. In 1995, Messi switched to play professional club «Newell’s Old Boys», where he became a true leader komandy.Tam he noticed the ubiquitous Scouts River Plate, and Messi started in two teams. All dreams Messi had broken the news of a Man hormonal disease (the cause of his short stature and tiny physique). In treatment of Leo needed expensive medicines, which could not afford his family. It is this disease and played in his life a decisive role – father Lionel, Jorge, aware of the seriousness of the situation, decided to use the last chance to heal the son sent him to watch in Barcelona, in the hope that Leo will be in the team and pay it needs an injection of growth hormones . Jorge lucky coach “Barcelona” assessed the potential of his son and enrolled him in the team, of course, taking all the expenses for the treatment of Leo on himself. Thus the 13-year-old Lionel Messi became the player of the youth team, “Barca” October 30, 2000. In his first match for the youth team, he scored 5 goals, but just chop season 37 goals in 30 matches.
In 16 years, Leo began to attract to the games for the team “B” Barcelona plays in Segunda (Spanish second division).
October 17, 2004 Lionel Messi made his debut in the first Barcelona team in a match against Espanyol.
May 1, 2005 in a match against Albacete Messi scored his first goal at the highest level, which made him the youngest player of Barcelona to score a goal in an official match, he was 17 years, 10 months and 7 days.
In 2004, Messi received an invitation to play for Spain, but rejected it.
In June 2004, Lionel Messi made his debut in the match for the youth team of Argentina in a friendly match against Paraguay.
In June 2005, Argentina’s national team won the World Youth Championship, in which Leo has scored 6 goals, becoming the best player and scorer of the tournament, for which he received the Golden Ball.
August 4, 2005 Lionel first came out on the field for Argentina, but the debut has not taken place: Messi was on the pitch for only 3 minutes, after which he received a red card.
September 28, 2005 Messi first played in the Champions League at the Nou Camp against Udinese. In December of the same year, Leo won the award the Italian newspaper «Tuttosport», which gave him the title of Golden Boy-2005 as the best among players under 21 years old. in the 2005/2006 season, Lionel scored 6 goals in 17 matches and Examples 1 goal in 6 Champions League matches.
Despite the trauma of the end of the season, Messi hit the bid of the national team at the World Championship-2006. The first match of the national team, he missed the second game against Serbia and Montenegro came off the bench and was marked assists Paz, and pocketed the ball.
Messi also took part in the match 1/8 finals against Mexico, replacing Javier Saviola after 84 minutes.
Season 2006-2007 was formed for Messi well, he grew up and became one of the main players on the team. In the 2007-2008 championship like last year won the eternal rival Real Madrid. Barcelona took a 3rd place. And Messi in the scorers list with 13 goals ranked third. In the dispute between the world’s best player Messi again on the third.
In August 2008, Lionel Messi in the national team Argenta won gold medals at the XXIX Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.
Before the season 2008/2009 Lionel Messi changed his old number 19 on the new ten. This room has got Messi departed from Milan in the Italian Ronaldinho.
For a long time, Lionel Messi was in the shadow of his partner in Barcelona – Brazilian Ronaldinho, and after he left the Argentinian game shone with new colors. In Barcelona, Josep Guardiola Messi is a leader and a key performer.
May 13, 2009 – scores a goal Athletics Final Copa del Rey. Barcelona won 4: 1 and becomes the owner of the Cup of Spain.
May 16, 2009 – Barcelona’s closest pursuer in the example, Real Madrid, losing with a score of 3: 2 Villarreal, which automatically makes the Catalans Champions.
May 27, 2009 – becomes the owner of the Champions Cup. In the final, Barcelona Champions League with a score of 2: 0 Manchester United won. After 70 minutes, Lionel Messi scored the second goal in the match. Messi was also named the best player in the Finals.
All in all Messi record 10 goals in the draw of the Champions League season 2008/2009.
December 1, 2009 – summed up the results of the traditional annual poll of the magazine France Footbol, the results of which Messi was named the owner of the Golden Ball. Lionel Messi became the first Argentine-owner of the Golden Ball. In addition, a record 473 points out of 480 possible in the account of the Messiah.
During the 2008-09 season Messi received the “Diamond Ball” became the best player of the FIFA World.
January 16, 2010 – In a match of the 18th round was marked duplicate of the gate keeper Andreas Palop of Sevilla (match ended in victory for the Catalans with a score of 4: 0). These goals became the 100 th and 101 th for the Argentine as a player Blue grnatovyh. Messi has achieved this result in 188 matches played for Barcelona. Thus, the 22-year-old Argentine became the youngest player in the history of Barcelona, conquering milestone of one hundred goals for the club.
April 6, 2010 – scored four goals in a game 1/2 finals of the Champions League against Arsenal and became the sixth player in the history of the main European competition who managed such an achievement.
16 May 2010 “Barcelona” After a difficult season became the champion of Spain, defeated in the last round, “Valladolid” with a score of 4: 0, in which Messi was marked duplicate. The Catalan club scored 99 points and won its 20th league title.
June 22, 2010 Argentine striker Lionel Messi became the youngest captain of the national team at the world championships. Messi led the team to play the third round of the group stage against Greece at the age of 22 years and 363 days.
At the 2010 World Cup Argentina national team reached the quarter finals where Germany was defeated with the score 0: 4.
October 1, 2010 Lionel Messi was awarded the “Golden Boot” as the best sniper of the European National Championships, which finished the season 2009/2010 with counts 34 goals scored Lionel Messi is happy at “Bars” and does not intend to move to another club, which is confirmed by the prisoners until 2016 year contract.
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