A personality that has made millions of hard-core fans worldwide, Lionel Messi is one person that absolutely needs no introduction. Being a star of the football field as he is, Messi has become one of the greatest footballers of this era.
The Argentine professional footballer, Lionel Messi who plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona, has an asset base of $210 million.
He was born as Lionel Andres Messi Cuccittini on 24th June 1987 to Jorge Messi, a steel factory worker, and Celia Cuccittini a magnet manufacturing workshop attendant. Messi was the third child of the middle-class couple who had three other children. He is primarily of Italian and Spanish descent.
He developed a strong love for football while he was still very little and was always out playing with his brothers and cousins who later became professionals in the game too. At the age of four, Messi joined a local club and was coached by his father. However, it was recorded that his greatest influence was his grandmother who accompanied him to every game and training session until she died when he was 11.
At the age of 6, he joined the Rosario club. He played very well and scored a good number of goals until he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency at the age of 10. After a lot of back and forths concerning payment for the treatment, Barcelona finally signed him at the age of 13.
Professional Football Career
Since then, it has been a long journey for Messi who now serves as a forward to the Spanish club, FC Barcelona and leads the Argentinian national football team as a captain.
One of the finest footballers in the world, Messi has been a part of FC Barcelona for a long time now, starting from his childhood. He played in FC Barcelona as a junior from 2000 to 2003 before playing in the league in 2004 as a seventeen-year-old. Messi was the youngest player to play in La Liga when he debuted for the club, but this record was broken by Bojan Krkic in 2007.
With a head start to his successful professional career, Messi went on to mesmerize his audiences with his talents in many international games. He is one of the highest goal scorers as he has already scored 286 goals in international games since 2004.
Lionel Messi’s Net Worth
Widely recognized for his aggressive plays, Messi has been enjoying his stardom with the accumulation of a number of awards that complements his brilliance in performance. With a salary of $44 million per year, a net worth of $210 million, and with millions to add to the pile from his other endeavors, Messi has been playing as the second richest footballer in the world as of today. Winning titles for FC Barcelona and taking Argentinian team to the finals of FIFA World Cup 2014, Messi has made an impeccable impact on his fans indicating that he is here to stay.
Lionel Messi has been endorsing major brands like Pepsi, Turkish Airways, EA Sports etc, which accumulate $20 million in his bank vault every year. A philanthropist by heart, this shining star is the founder of Lionel Messi Foundation and is also associated with UNICEF.
Who Are His Wife and Kids?
Messi is one of the footballers that have the most interesting romantic stories. Since the age of 20, Lionel has been in a relationship with Antonella Roccuzzo whom he knew since he was 5 years. This unique kind of love often leaves fans gushing over the cute pair.
The love-struck couple tied the knot in June 2017 after 8 years of dating. Their marriage also came after the arrival of their two sons Thiago (2012) and Mateo (2015).
For a footballer of his caliber, one expects nothing less than perfection for a home. The football star lives a fabulous life in his multi-million dollar houses in Spain and Argentina. The FC Barcelona forward has wealth written all over his mansion located in Castelldefels, a prestigious suburb of Barcelona. It is a three-story building with state of the art interior and exterior designs.
Messi’s house in Castelldefels is indeed nothing compared to his football-shaped house also in Barcelona. The luxurious house nicknamed One-Zero Eco House, which cost about 7 million euros is said to be where the footballer and his family lives.
His Height and Weight
His awesome skills on the pitch are of course a result of long hours of excessive training, as well as self-discipline. But Messi also has his strong stamina to thank for his unique abilities. The Argentine weighs 72 kg and stands at 1.70 m which is just right for his shape.
Quick Facts About The Soccer Star
Full Name: Lionel Andres Messi Cuccittini
Profession: Professional footballer, philanthropist
Height: 1.70 m
Weight: 72 kg
Date of Birth: June 24th, 1987
Place of Birth: Rosario, Argentina
Marital status: Married to Antonella Roccuzzo
Astrological sign: Cancer
Financial standing: $210 million