On this day June 24, 1987 Luis Lionel Andres Messi, (an Argentinian soccer player who plays forward for the FC Barcelona club and the Argentine national team), was born in Rosario, Argentina.
At the age of 13, Messi moved from Argentina to Spain after FC Barcelona agreed to pay for his medical treatments. There he became a star and led his club to championships.
By the age of 16, Messi made his first appearance for FC Barcelona. He put himself in the record books on May 1, 2005, as the youngest player to ever score a goal for the franchise.
That same year, he led Argentina to the title in the under-20 World Cup, scoring on a pair of penalty kicks to propel the team over Nigeria.
In 2012, Messi set a record for most goals in a calendar year, and in 2016, he was named Europe’s Ballon d’Or winner for the fifth time. As of 2017, Lionel Messi is worth an estimated $80 million, taking into account his salary plus bonuses and endorsements, according to Forbes.com.
That makes Messi, the second highest-paid soccer player and the third highest-paid athlete in the world, after fellow soccer great Cristiano Ronaldo and basketball star LeBron James.
Universally, Lionel Messi is regarded as one of the best soccer players in the game and he became the commercial face of soccer with endorsements from Adidas, Pepsi, EA Sports and Turkish Airways, among other companies.
Married to Antonella Roccuzzo, his longtime girlfriend and the cousin of his best friend, Messi became a father in November 2012 when Roccuzzo his wife gave birth to a son, Thiago.
In September 2015, the couple’s second son, Mateo, was born.