Lionel Messi is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and captains the Argentina national team. He was born on June 24, 1987, in Rosario, Argentina to a working-class family. His father was a factory steel worker, and his mother a cleaner. Messi began playing football from an early age, and his talent was soon apparent.
Messi has won the Ballon D’Or award seven times, the annual award given to the best player in the world. He is also a 2022 FIFA World Cup winner and an Olympic gold medal winner in 2008. Messi is considered one of the greatest football players of all time by experts and critics.
Messi started his footballing career in 1995 at Newell’s Old Boys, where he played until the year 2000. He then moved to Barcelona and has been playing for the club since then. Messi has scored over 700 career goals for club and country. He has won numerous awards throughout his career, including seven Ballon d’Or awards as the world’s top male player (2009–12, 2015, 2019, and 2021).