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Lionel Messi (born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team. Often considered the best player in the world and rated by many in the sport as the greatest of all time, Messi is the only football player in history to win five FIFA Ballons d'Or, four of which he won consecutively, and the first player to win three European Golden Shoes. Both a prolific goalscorer and a creative playmaker, Messi holds the records for most goals scored in La Liga, a La Liga season (50), a football season (82) and a calendar year (91), as well as those for most assists made in La Liga and the Copa America.

Early Life

Barcelona

2003-05: Rise to the first team

2005-08: Making the starting eleven

2009-11: Sustained Success

2012: A record-breaking year

2013-14: Messidependence

2015: A historic treble

2016

Argentina national team

2004-05: Success at Youth Level

2005-06: Senior and World Cup debuts

2007-08: Copa America Final and Olympic Gold

2008-11: Collective Decline

2011-13: Assuming the captaincy

2014-15: World Cup and Copa America finals

2016: Copa America Centenario, Retirement and Return

Player Profile

Style of play

Reception

Comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo

In popular culture

Personal life

Family and Relationships

Charity

Legal issues

Career Statistics

Club

International

Honors and Achievements

Barcelona

International

Individual

Awards

Records