Lionel MessiLionel Messi 16 June 2018.jpgMessi with Argentina at the 2018 FIFA World CupPersonal informationFull name Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini1Date of birth 24 June 1987 (age 31)2Place of birth Rosario, ArgentinaHeight 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)3Playing position ForwardClub informationCurrent teamBarcelonaNumber 10Youth career1994–2000 Newell’s Old Boys2001–2004 BarcelonaSenior career*Years Team Apps (Gls)2003–2004 Barcelona C 10 (5)2004–2005 Barcelona B 22 (6)2004– Barcelona 422 (387)National team‡2004–2005 Argentina U20 18 (14)2008 Argentina U23 5 (2)2005– Argentina 128 (65)Honoursshow* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 September 2018‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 June 2018Lionel Messi This article is part of a series aboutLionel MessiArgentine professional footballerInternational goals Career achievements Comparisons to Cristiano RonaldoFilmsMessi (2014) Messi (2017)vteLionel Andrés Messi Cuccittininote 1 (Spanish pronunciation: ljo?nel an?d?ez ?mesi (About this sound listen);A born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward and captains both Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentina national team. Often considered the best player in the world and regarded by many as one of the greatest players of all time,678 Messi has won a record-tying five Ballon d’Or awards,note 2 four of which he won consecutively, and a record five European Golden Shoes.
He has spent his entire professional career with Barcelona, where he has won 33 trophies, including nine La Liga titles, four UEFA Champions League titles, and six Copas del Rey. Both a prolific goalscorer and a creative playmaker, Messi holds the records for most official goals scored in La Liga (387), a La Liga season (50), a club football season in Europe (73), a calendar year (91), El Clásico (26), as well as those for most assists in La Liga (150) and the Copa América (11). He has scored over 600 senior career goals for club and country.
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