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Lionel Messi, born on June 24, 1987. His real name is "Luis Lionel Andres Messi." He belongs to Rosario, Argentina.
Messi started playing football at the age of 5. His father used to coach at the club where he first started playing football. The club was "Grandoli."
When Messi was 11, he was diagnosed with Harmon deficiency, a growth disorder that caused his height to stop growing at a normal rate.
Messi signed his first professional contract with Barcelona, When he was just 13. Interesting thing is that the contract he signed was written on a napkin.
Lionel Messi made his professional debut for Barcelona at the age of 17 & also became the youngest debut player for FC Barcelona.
Lionel Messi is also the only Barcelona player to score 300 goals in the La Liga football league. He played 347 games for Barcelona & scored 312 goals.
Messi is the only player in football history to have won the Golden Boot three times in a row. He has won the Golden Boot Award six times in total.
In 2016, Messi announced his retirement from international football, but later he reversed his decision & helped his team qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Lionel Messi has also won the "Ballon d'Or" award 7 times. He also won a gold medal in 2008 Olympics for Argentina's national team.
Messi is the second-richest football player in the world. His net worth is more than $620 million.
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