|Estimated value:||€380 million|
|Country of origin:||Argentina|
|Source of Wealth:||footballer|
Born in Rosario, Lionel Messi is an Argentinian footballer with additional Spanish citizenship, signed at FC Barcelona. The 1.70 meter tall winger and striker is considered one of the most successful athletes in his discipline and has been crowned world footballer several times. A player who has played hundreds of games for FC Barcelona and has stayed with the club since his professional debut, he is considered a club legend and alongside Cristiano Ronaldo as the greatest player of our time. In addition, as a footballer with an estimated annual income of 110 million euros, he is one of the best paid athletes in the world. His CV includes several Spanish championships and victories in the Champions League.
Lionel Messi was born on June 24, 1987 in Rosario, the third largest city in Argentina. He took his first steps at the Grandoli FC club at the age of five, but three years later he switched to the youth department of the Argentinian success club Newell’s Old Boys, which has won the Argentinian championship several times. Due to the economic crisis in Argentina, his parents emigrated to Spain with him and his three siblings in 2000. The striker, who was only 1.40 meters tall at the time, was so impressive during his trial training session at FC Barcelona that he was awarded a contract with the Spanish club’s youth academy, which was worth 600 euros a month. In his debut season, Lionel Messi scored 35 goals in 30 games for the youth team.
Lionel Messi took his first steps as an adult in the 2003/04 season in the 2nd and 3rd teams of FC Barcelona. After several successful appearances and goals for the reserve teams, he was part of the club’s professional squad from the 2004/05 season. Finally, on 16 October 2004, Messi made his debut in the local derby against Espanyol Barcelona, when he was first brought on as a substitute. In total, Lionel Messi made nine appearances for Barcelona in his first professional season, scoring one goal and eventually winning the Spanish championship.
The following season the number of appearances increased significantly, with him also scoring his first goal in the Champions League, which he eventually won with the club. Apart from an injury break due to a metatarsal fracture, Lionel Messi has been an undisputed regular player since the 2006/07 season and completed it with 17 goals in 36 competitive games. Time and again, Lionel Messi has been linked to other clubs for good performances. However, the Argentine always rejected offers and regularly extended his contracts with FC Barcelona. Messi decided not to move to Manchester City before the 2009/10 season for a transfer fee of 150 million euros. In 2009, Lionel Messi was also crowned World Player of the Year.
In 2005, Lionel Messi took part in the U-20 World Cup in the Netherlands with Argentina. He was top scorer with six goals, with the team beating Nigeria 2-1 in the final. He was then also part of the squad for the senior national team and took part in the World Cup in Germany for the first time in 2006.
Lionel Messi scored his first goal for FC Barcelona’s first team on May 1, 2005 against Albacete Balompié and was considered the youngest league goalscorer of all time until he was replaced by his future team-mate Ansu Fati. At the end of the same season he also won the Spanish championship. In the Spanish league, Lionel Messi became top scorer for the first time in 2009/10 after scoring 34 times in one season. Lionel Messi first secured the title of World Player of the Year in 2009 and then went on to win the trophy five times. Messi won the 2005 World Cup with the U-20 national team and finished second behind Germany in Brazil with the senior team in 2014.
“I’m more concerned about being a good person than being the best footballer in the world. When this is all over, what do you have left?”
“It doesn’t matter if I’m better than Cristiano Ronaldo. All that matters is that Barcelona are better than Madrid.”
“To become a legend you have to win a world title.”
Lionel Messi stopped growing at the age of 11 due to a lack of growth hormones. Since his parents could not afford the monthly treatment costs for hormone therapy of 900 euros, FC Barcelona then took over.
Lionel Messi made his debut for the senior national team in 2005 against Hungary. However, after just 47 seconds, the substitute striker had to leave the field after being shown a red card for an assault.
The fact that Messi did not achieve any notable success with the national team could easily have been prevented. He was offered a place in the Spanish national team, which was European champion in 2008 and 2012 and world champion in 2010.
|Estimated value:||€380 million|