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Lionel Messi, in data


(CNN) – This is a glimpse into the life of soccer player Lionel Messi, who plays for FC Barcelona and the Argentine national team.

General information about Lionel Messi

Date of birth: June 24, 1987

Place of birth: Rosario, Argentina

Full Name: Lionel Andrés Messi

Father: Jorge Messi, factory worker

Mother: Messi Celia Cuccittini

Marriage: to Antonella Roccuzzo (from June 30, 2017 to date)

Children: Ciro, Mateo and Thiago.

Other data

As a child, Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency. At age 13, he signed for Fútbol Club Barcelona and moved to Spain. As part of the contract, FC Barcelona agreed to pay for Messi’s hormonal treatments.

Messi is the greatest scorer of all time of the FC Barcelona and the La Liga of Spain.

Winner of the Ballon d’Or, or footballer of the year, a record of six times: first he set a record of four consecutive years (2009-2012), and then he won it again in 2015. and in 2019.

Won the European Golden Boot six times: 2009-10, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19.


1995-2000 – Plays for the local soccer club, Newell’s Old Boys, in Rosario, Argentina.

2000-2003 – Signing with FC Barcelona and working his way to the top through the Barça youth team.

November 16, 2003 – Makes his debut for the team, as a replacement in a friendly match against FC Porto.

October 16, 2004 – Officially debuted with FC Barcelona against Espanyol. Barça win 1-0.

2007 – Establishes the Leo Messi Foundation, which works to improve access to education and health care for children.

August 2008 – Guides the Argentine soccer team to the gold medal in the Summer Olympics in Beijing.

March 11, 2010 – Messi is appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

2011-2012 Season – Sets the all-time record for goals scored in a single season for a major European soccer league, with 73 goals.

June 2013 – Prosecutors in Barcelona file charges of tax fraud against Messi and his father for the period between 2007 and 2009. The complaint claims that Messi and his father, in an attempt to reduce the total taxes they had to pay in Spain , sought to manage the player’s lucrative income from image rights through shell companies abroad. Messi denies all the accusations of having committed any fault.

June 25, 2013 – Prosecutors in Barcelona, ​​Spain, tell CNN that Lionel Messi paid 10 million euros in taxes ($ 13 million) to cover the 2010-2011 fiscal period., but efforts to prosecute him for alleged tax fraud from 2007 to 2009 are still ongoing.

August 14, 2013 – Messi and his father, Jorge Messi, make a “reparatory” payment of 5 million euros ($ 6.6 million) to the Spanish authorities for allegedly committing tax fraud between 2007 and 2009.

September 27, 2013 – Messi and his father testify in a preliminary hearing in a Barcelona court for accusations that they defrauded the Spanish tax authorities of more than 5 million dollars.

March 16, 2014 – Score a triplet to become Barcelona’s top scorer with 371 goals; thus, it surpasses the record set by Paulino Alcantara, who scored 369 goals.

May 2014 – Signs a new contract with FC Barcelona for a supposed annual sum of 20 million euros (27 million dollars).

June 2014 – A Spanish state prosecutor asks a judge to dismiss the tax fraud charges against Lionel Messi, but not against his father.

July 13, 2014 – Messi wins the Balloon of Gold to the best player of the tournament world Cup.

July 28, 2014 – A judge rules that the tax fraud case against Messi and his father will proceed, despite a request made by the Spanish state prosecutor in June, that the charges against Messi be dismissed.

November 22, 2014 – Messi scores a hat-trick for become the top scorer in the Spanish league with 253 goals, thus beating Telmo Zarra’s previous record of 251 goals. Messi ends the season with 286 goals in 315 games.

October 8, 2015 – A Spanish court rules that Messi and his father will stand trial on charges of tax fraud.

May 31, 2016 – The trial for tax fraud against Messi and his father begins.

June 27, 2016 – Messi says he will probably retire of international soccer after Argentina lost the Copa América final to Chile on penalties.

July 6, 2016 – A Barcelona court fines Messi 2 million euros (2.3 million dollars) and sentences him to 21 months in prison for tax fraud. The Spanish justice changes Messi’s prison sentence to an additional fine of 252,000 euros ($ 287,000) in July 2017.

August 12, 2016 – Messi announces that he will return to play with Argentina, after having declared in June that he would retire from football at the national team level.

July 5, 2017 – The Barcelona and Messi announce a contract extension that will keep the Argentine at Barça until June 30, 2021 and that, supposedly, has a value of 565,000 euros (645,000 dollars) a week.

January 13, 2019 – Scores his 400th goal in the Spanish league in his 435th game, extending his record as the highest historical scorer in La Liga. Messi is the first player to score 400 times in any of the “big five” European leagues.

August 2, 2019 – Messi is disqualified from all competition for three months and fined $ 50,000 by the Disciplinary Court of CONMEBOL. The punishment comes after Messi will accuse the governing body of South American football of corruption, suggesting that the Copa América 2019 was rigged in favor of host Brazil.

May 2020 – Ranks third in the Forbes Annual List of the World’s Highest Paid Athletes, with estimated earnings of $ 104 million.



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