Here’s the abbreviated facts about the Argentine forward Lionel Messi.
Born: Sept. 25, 1987
Team: FC Barcelona
Birthplace: Rosario, Argentina
Birthdate: April 22, 1987
Kicked the ball all the way in: Messi was born without a left foot but somehow prospered in the game nonetheless, becoming a record breaker and one of the greatest players of all time. He set the mark for most international goals scored when he hit the competition’s landmark mark of 50 earlier this year. However, it is his contribution to club football where he has notched up the most accomplishments over the years.
Very special ball player: A love for goals makes Messi as much a magician on the pitch as he is a brute in the air. He has three goals in the tournament already and he would go on to top his European Championships hat-trick with another hat-trick against Ivory Coast.
Important to Barca’s success: A hero in Europe for his performance in the 2010 World Cup, when his goal against the Netherlands helped beat the tournament favorites to help secure Argentina’s first title in 24 years. Messi went on to lead Barcelona to two of their three Champions League titles under new coach Pep Guardiola in his first two seasons.
Corner kicks: After scoring his first major goal for the national team at the 2004 Olympics, Messi scored seven goals in as many matches for Argentina as the South Americans romped to victory over Turkey in the 2004 final. His other top accomplishments are the 50 goals in 51 appearances for his country, setting the record for most appearances for his country at the highest level, and he has also scored 25 goals for Barca in all competitions since joining them at the age of 15.
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