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History of Messi

Messi History

By Charlee kPublished 9 months ago 4 min read
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Lionel Messi, born on June 24, 1987, is an Argentine professional football (soccer) player widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport. He began his football journey in his hometown of Rosario, Argentina, where he joined the youth team of Newell's Old Boys at the age of six.

Messi's exceptional talent quickly caught the attention of scouts from FC Barcelona, one of the most successful football clubs in Spain. At the age of 13, Messi relocated to Barcelona with his family to join the prestigious La Masia youth academy, which is renowned for producing top-class players. Despite being diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency at a young age, Barcelona agreed to pay for Messi's medical treatment, allowing him to continue his development as a footballer.

In 2004, at the age of 17, Messi made his first-team debut for Barcelona in a friendly match against FC Porto. Later that year, he made his official debut in the Spanish league, La Liga. Messi quickly established himself as a prodigious talent, showcasing his exceptional dribbling skills, close control, and a natural ability to score goals. His breakthrough season came in 2006-2007 when he became a regular starter for Barcelona and helped the team win the league title.

Over the next decade, Messi dominated world football and became the linchpin of Barcelona's success. He formed a formidable attacking trio with fellow forwards Samuel Eto'o and later, Neymar, along with midfielder Andrés Iniesta, and the quartet was famously known as "MSN." During this period, Messi won numerous domestic and international titles with Barcelona, including four UEFA Champions League titles (2005-06, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2014-15) and ten La Liga titles.

Messi's individual achievements are equally remarkable. He has won the FIFA Ballon d'Or (now known as The Best FIFA Men's Player) a record seven times (2009-2012, 2015, 2019, 2020). He holds multiple scoring records, including the most goals in a calendar year (91 in 2012) and the most goals in a single European club season (73 in 2011-2012).

Despite his immense success at Barcelona, Messi's journey with the club came to an unexpected end in August 2021. Due to financial and contractual complications, Barcelona announced that they could not register Messi's new contract within the Spanish league's financial regulations. Consequently, Messi left Barcelona and signed with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), a top French club.

Beyond his club career, Messi has also represented the Argentine national team. While he achieved considerable success with Barcelona, his international career initially faced criticism due to Argentina's inability to win a major trophy. However, Messi finally led Argentina to glory in the 2021 Copa America, winning his first senior international title.

Throughout his career, Messi has consistently displayed exceptional skills, agility, vision, and an unparalleled understanding of the game. His dribbling ability, in particular, has drawn comparisons to legends like Diego Maradona and Pelé. Messi's impact on the sport has been enormous, and his name is firmly etched in football history as one of the all-time greats.

Here are some famous quotes by Lionel Messi:

"I start early and I stay late, day after day, year after year, it took me 17 years and 114 days to become an overnight success."

"You have to fight to reach your dream. You have to sacrifice and work hard for it."

"I have many years to get better and better, and that has to be my ambition. The day you think there is no improvements to be made is a sad one for any player."

"There's no doubt that the level of football in the Premier League is the highest. It's always been my dream to play in England, and now the opportunity to do so has arrived."

"You can overcome anything if and only if you love something enough."

"I always thought I wanted to play professionally, and I always knew that to do that I'd have to make a lot of sacrifices. I made sacrifices by leaving Argentina, leaving my family to start a new life. I changed my friends, my people. Everything. But everything I did, I did for football, to achieve my dream."

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