Messi is Argentina’s all-time leading goalscorer. At youth level, he won the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship, finishing the tournament with both the Golden Ball and Golden Shoe, and an Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
DID YOU KNOW…
- Lionel Andrés Messi was born on 24 June 1987 in Rosario.
- A lifelong supporter of Newell’s Old Boys, Messi joined the Rosario club when he was six years old.
- On 6 January 2016, recording Barcelona’s first goal of the new year.