Leo Messi. The world-renowned Argentinian football player, Lionel Messi, has been making headlines in the soccer (football) world for a number of years.
The world-renowned Argentinian football player, Lionel Messi, has been making headlines in the soccer (football) world for a number of years. It has been said that he is the best football player in the entire world. This is hardly surprising considering the multitude of achievements and accolades he has already earned throughout the course of his career, the most prominent of which include:
- The World Player of the Year title 4 years running from 2009-2012
- The top goal scorer of all time at FC Barcelona in 2012 aged just 24
- UEFA Champions League Top Goal Scorer from 2009-2012
- European Golden Boy 2005
Lionel Messi grew up in the city of Rosario in the Santa Fe province of Argentina and first came into contact with a football at the age of three when he was given one as a birthday present. The young Messi collected soccer balls for a while and was reluctant to play with them and ruin their pristine quality, but soon began playing with his brothers and cousins. Having demonstrated exceptional ability, particularly in keeping the ball and avoiding being tackled, Messi joined the local club Grandoli.
Messi and the FC Barcelona
They say that the best things take time and this expression certainly rings true with respect to the phenomenal career progression of Leonel Messi. Currently standing at just 5ft 7inches, Lionel Messi suffered a setback in his early years due to a hormonal problem he suffered from as a child which affected his physical development. However, FC Barcelona quickly recognized his talent at the age of 13 and were the only soccer club which offered to provide the funding for the treatment which would aid in his growth. Since, then Messi has matured to become a fully-fledged member of the FC Barcelona squad and due to his lethal dribbling abilities, Messi is fondly known as the ´Pulga Atomica’ or ‘Atomic Flea’; it seems that Messi’s height has actually worked in his favor.
The unique talent of Leo Messi means that he is often compared to some of soccer’s all time greats. The Barcelona number 10 is most frequently mentioned in the same breath as Diego Armando Maradona, considered to be one of the best soccer players to have ever graced the beautiful game. Maradona was even quoted as having said ‘Messi is my Maradona’. Another commonly-made comparison is between Messi and the Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, and their varying abilities are often scrutinized by both the press and fans alike. Due to this well-publicized battle between Ronaldo and Messi, as well as the long standing history of bitter confrontations between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, the competition between the two clubs is characterized by a fiercely contested rivalry.
Leo Messi has got the attention of the world focused on him and continues to surpass the high expectations that both he and the global footballing community have set.