Ten Things You Should Know About… Lionel Messi

Messi had to wait until 1st May 2005 to score his first goal (of many) for the Catalan giants.

#4.. ‘If you have to chose a player not just right now in the world, but the best in history, it is Lionel Messi, no doubt for me. He amassed five goals and was soon catapulted into the national senior team. Biased? Yes. My record stood for 40 years 85 goals in a year and now the best player in the World has broken it, and Im delighted for him. On 16 November 2003, aged just 16 years and 145 days, Messi made his debut for Barcelona. Messi was the outstanding player of the tournament as Argentina romped to the 2008 Olympic Gold medal.

The prospects are: to work on actions, not only in our country, but also abroad and together with other institutions which develop projects in alignment with ideals of the Foundation.

#10. To act in favour of kids and adolescents who are in a risk situation.

These words are the mission statement of the Lionel Messi Foundation.

#9. Lionel Messi has won a lot of titles with Barcelona. Messi is aware of the help he needed to prosper and is keen to pay something back.. It was the 16 October 2004 and Messi was 17 years and 114 days old.

#5. In 2007 Argentina and Messi came second in the Copa America but a year later things were better. This is the opinion of his club team mate Xavi. He is also the first football player in history to win four FIFA/Ballon dOr awards all of which he won consecutively, as well as the first to win three European Golden Shoe awards.

Messis league debut came a little less than a year later. When he netted he became the youngest ever scorer in La Liga for Barca. The oppenents were Porto, in a friendly.

#8. So said legendary German striker Gerd Der Bomber Muller when Messi, having rampaged through defences all year, scored twice (his 85th and 86th goals) against Real Betis on 9 December 2012.

#6. He was 17 years , ten months, and seven days old.This record was short lived though as the more youthful Bojan Krkic scored in 2007.

Messi and his family decided to set up the Foundation to help children from all backgrounds try and make their aspirations become a reality. Some will say Cristiano Ronaldo is the top dog but for a lot of others, and not just Barca fans, the best we have ever seen is Lionel Andres Messi.

#7. Domestically he has collected six La Ligas, two Copas del Rey, and five Supercopas de Espana , Whilst on his adventures abroad he has picked up three UEFA Champions Leagues, two UEFA Super Cups and two FIFA Club World Cups. The opponents were Albacete Balompie. Untrue? Probably not! Most people agree Messi has now reached the elevated status that for years was reserved for Pele and Maradona. The 2005 FIFA Youth World Championship saw Messi explode into public awareness. Manager Frank Rijkaard decided that the time was ripe to unleash his South American dynamo against RCD Espanyol. He is an incredible player, gigantic

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