15 Facts About Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi is undoubtedly known to be a legend in the realm of soccer in the entire world. There is no year that goes by without this outstanding player scoring a title in major European soccer contests; whether winning Spanish title la liga, or the European Champions league, it just never ends. Here are 15 facts about Lionel Messy.

Lionel Messi New look

Leo Messi

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Lionel Messi, Fact Number 15.

His full name is Luis Lionel Andres Messi, making him the homonym of Andres Iniesta, his Barcelona football club team-mate.

Lionel Messi, Fact Number 14.

He was born in the city of Rosario, Argentina on June 24, 1987, which happens to be the same birthplace of legendary revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara.

Lionel Messi was born in Rosario just like the Che

Revolutionary Che Guevarra.

Lionel Messi, Fact Number 13.

At 11, he was diagnosed with a hormone deficiency which resulted in a slower growth in comparison to other children of his age. FC Barcelona paid for his medical bills when joined the club at 13.

Lionel Messi, Fact Number 12.

Although playing for Argentina on a permanent basis, Messi holds two passports, since he acquired Spanish citizenship in 2005. It is also the year he was admitted in Barcelona Team A.

Lionel Messi with his Family

Messi with his family

Lionel Messi, Fact Number 11.

Since he acquired Spanish citizenship before playing for Argentina team A, he was offered a place in the Spanish team, which he declined. Should he have accepted it, he would have been a world cup champion.

Lionel Messi, Fact Number 10.

His trip to Gabon last year was very special, since Gabonese President, Ali Bongo, drove him in the capital (yes that’s right he was on the steering wheel). The funniest fact regarding this trip is that the inaugural stone which he laid on a stadium construction site with Gabonese President was stolen! The police actually did open an investigation to arrest the thief, who by the way is still at large.

  • Messi and the stolen Brick
    Messi and the stolen Brick
  • Messi And Gabonese President
    Messi And Gabonese President
  • Messi Driven by Gabonese President
    Messi Driven by Gabonese President



Lionel Messi, Fact Number 09.

Messi is the only player in the history of the Ballon d’or award to ever win the title four times in a row. He is also to date the player with the most awards, totalizing 5 of them, the 5th one being attributed to him yesterday, on January 11, 2016.


Lionel Messi, Fact Number 08.

Since the start of his professional career, Messi has only played for Barcelona. His contract with the team is so expensive that if for any reason, they want to terminate the agreement, they will have to pay him more than 300 million USD of cancelling fees.

Lionel Messi, Fact Number 07.

Messi’s career achievements includes 6 Spanish league titles, two Copa del Rey (Spanish royal cup), 5 Spanish super cups, 3 European champions leagues, two European Super Cups and two Club World Cups.

Lionel Messi with Teammates

Messi Celebrating Champions League Title

Lionel Messi, Fact Number 06.

Messi’s net worth is estimated at 180 million USD, making the second richest soccer player on the planet. He is just behind Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal, who scores a net worth of 230 million USD.

Lionel Messi, Fact Number 05.

When playing for Argentina for his first ever match with his country on august 2005, Messi was just 18. The crazy fact about this day is that he only lasted 44 seconds on the pitch, for he was sent off after elbowing a Hungarian defender.

Lionel Messi, Fact Number 04

His first contract with Barcelona was signed on a napkin, because the technical secretary was so impressed by his skills, he offered to immediately sign him right away.  Since there was no paper nearby, the agreement was signed on that tissue paper. Clearly he did not want Messi to be stolen from them by another team.

Lionel Messi's First Contract

Messi first ever contract with Barcelona

Lionel Messi, Fact Number 03.

According to Messi himself, his ancestry is mainly English. He owes his Italian name to his father’s ancestor, Angelo Messi, who moved to Argentina in 1883. Did he not make this move, Messi would probably not have been born, since his parents were likely not meet.

Lionel Messi, Fact Number 02.

In the transfer market, Lionel Messi is worth nearly 320 Million USD, with a weekly salary of £256,000 (370,000 USD), should he desire to sign for another team, this value might seriously be increased in order to beat competitors.

Lionel Messi-lifting-2015-Champions-League-trophy-2

Messi Lifting Champions League

Lionel Messi, Fact Number 01

His weekly salary might reach the £500,000 mark (730,000 USD) should he show interest to move out of Barcelona. It will then be a crazy record, beating the one held by Christiano Ronaldo £288,000 (416,000 USD), making him the most well paid soccer player on earth.

Lionel Messi is a winning Machine

Messi the winning machine

  1. Hello, thank you for this article. What do You think about FIFA ballon d’or 2015? It’s obvious that Messi was the best last year but FIFPro World XI 2015 should be diffrent in my opinion… Regards!

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