The young player from Argentina who made his debut in 2004 – guess who?

Yes that’s right. He is Lionel Messi. He was born in 24 June 1987 and raised in Argentina.

At a young age he was diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency and for his treatment he relocated to Spain to join Barcelona. He made his competitive debut at the age of 17 in October 2004 for Barcelona. His illness has never been a barrier for him and he established himself as an integral player for the club. At age of 22 he won the Ballon d’Or and FIFA World player of the year.

Awards received by Messi

In his successful football career, there are many awards received by him to be penned down. His successful career continued and continuously for three successful seasons. To name a few, his achievements are:

  • He has won 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship
  • Olympic Gold Medal at 2008 Summer Olympics
  • European Golden shoe, the award given for top goal scorers.
  • UEFA Champions League top scorer for scoring 100 goals
  • FIFA club World cup Golden Ball
  • FIFA club World cup final most valuable player
  • Top goal scorer in club season: 73 goals in 2011-2012

Even Diego Maradona was so impressed by his game that he declared him as his successor. After making debut as a senior player in August 2005, he became the youngest Argentine player to score in FIFA World Cup in 2006. He was made captain of Argentina and he led his team to the finals in 2014 World Cup for which he won the Golden Ball.

But unfortunately his career has started seeing downfall and he decided to take retirement from football in 2016 but changed his mind and became part of 2018 World Cup.
To sum up it can be said that Lionel Messi is a professional football player who played for both Argentina and Barcelona teams as a captain and as forward. He is considered as one of the greatest players of all time.

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