Lionel Andrés Messi was born in Rosario, Santa Fe in Argentina, on June 24, 1987, And known as Leo Messi. He plays as a striker for FC Barcelona in the Primera Division of Spain and the football team Argentina.in 2009. He received the award for Best World Player and FIFA Golden Ball in 2009. It is also the first winner FIFA Golden Ball since 2010 encompasses both awards, making him win in 2011. By obtaining the third consecutive Golden Ball, Messi managed to reach the record of Michel Platini and in turn obtaining recognition for the third time as best player the world by FIFA, milestone would match those achieved in the past, alternately by Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane. For his ability and playing style have compared with Diego Maradona, he had declared Messi as his successor has broken several records with the Football Club Barcelona, since it is the top scorer in the club’s history. In addition to Argentina nationality, since 2005 it has also Spanish.
With just five years, Lionel Messi took his first steps in Grandoli, a neighborhood club a few blocks from his home south of the city of Rosario, Argentina. The club was run by his father, Jorge.Posteriormente played a few games for Athletic Club Central Córdoba.En 1995, Messi began training in the lower divisions of Newell’s Old Boys, the club that he won the Friendship Cup in Peru 1997. At the age of 11, he was diagnosed with a deficiency of the hormone crecimiento.El Club Atletico River Plate showed interest in Messi’s progress, but did not have enough money to pay for treatment that was priced $ 900 per month. Carles Rexach, Barcelona’s technical director, noticed the talent of Messi and he had relatives in Lleida, Spain, being able, with his father, starting a journey. Barcelona signed him after watching him play.
Messi is an important player for Argentina, where he currently serves as Captain 2006, he became the youngest player of the Argentina team to attend a World Cup, and which he won the second place in the Cup America 2007.
Seasons – Barcelona (2004)
Messi made his unofficial debut for the first team on November 16, 2003, at the time the trainee was Jose Mourinho. He scored his first goal in category “senior” to Albacete on the second day of the championship on May 1, 2005 became the youngest to score a league goal for Barcelona player.
Golden Ball Leo Messi – Season 2006-2007-2008
In the 2006/07 season, Messi established in the starting lineup, scoring fourteen times in twenty games. On 11 March, El Clásico saw Messi in top form, scoring a hat-trick in a 3-3 draw with 10-man Barca team, scoring goals in injury time. He ran about the same distance and won the same number of players, scoring from a very similar position, and ran towards the corner flag just as Maradona did in Mexico 21 years before.
Messi scored five goals in a week putting Barcelona in the top four in La Liga. On September 19 he scored for Barcelona in the 3-0 victory over Lyon in a match of the Champions League. Messi was nominated for a FIFPro World XI award under the category forward.
The 2007/2008 season went ahead and Barcelona did not win any title, although it was very close to doing reaching the semifinals in the Copa del Rey and Champions League. But the season was marked by the good performance of the Argentine, who scored more than 10 goals in the league and 6 in the Champions League. Lionel Messi captained Barcelona for the first time in a friendly match against Dundee United in Scotland, July 26, 2008, and with Josep Guardiola in the Barça bench. On August 3, 2008 was assigned the number (10), whose previous owner had been Ronaldinho immediately.
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