Lionel Messi

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Lionel Messi
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Messi playing for Barcelona|
Personal information|
Full name| Lionel Andrés Messi[1]|
Date of birth| 24 June 1987 (age 24)[1]|
Place of birth| Rosario, Argentina[1]|
Height| 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]|
Playing position| Forward|
Club information|
Current club| Barcelona|
Number| 10|
Youth career|
1995–2000| Newell's Old Boys|
2000–2003| Barcelona|
Senior career*|
Years| Team| Apps†| (Gls)†|
2003–2004| Barcelona C| 8| (5)|
2004–2005| Barcelona B| 22| (6)|
2004–| Barcelona| 214| (169)|
National team‡|
2004̣–2005| Argentina U20| 18| (14)|
2008| Argentina U23| 5| (2)|
2005–| Argentina| 70| (26)|
Honours[show]|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:30, 13 May 2012 (UTC).† Appearances (Goals).‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:30, 9 June 2012 (UTC)| Lionel Andrés Messi (Spanish pronunciation: [ljoˈnel anˈdɾes ˈmesi], born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine footballer who plays for La Liga club FC Barcelona and is the current captain of the Argentina national team, playing mainly as a forward. By the age of 21, Messi had received Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations. The following year in 2009 he won both theBallon d'Or[2] and FIFA World Player of the Year, and won the inaugural FIFA Ballon d'Or in 2010 and 2011.[3] He also won the 2010–11 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award. Messi is the fourth football player to win three Ballons d'Or, after Johan Cruyff, Michel Platini and Marco van Bastenand the second player to win three consecutive Ballons d'Or, after Michel Platini. His playing style and small stature have drawn comparisons toDiego Maradona, who himself declared Messi as his "successor".[4][5] Messi has won five La Liga titles and three Champions League titles. In 2012, Messi made UEFA Champions League history by...
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