About Lionel Messi
Lionel Andres Messi, better known as Leo Messi, is an Argentine professional football player, currently fighting for Argentina national team and FC Barcelona. Leo’s career took off in his early 20s, when he was nominated as FIFA Player of the Year. In 2009 this athlete received prestigious Ballon d’Or and FIFA Player of the Year awards. Lionel went on to receive FIFA Ballon d’Or for four consecutive years, making him the most acclaimed footballer in the world. By the time Messi turned 24 his name was written down into the history of football, as he was named to be the best footballer that has ever played for Barcelona. Leo’s colleagues, coaches and sports’ commentators unanimously claim him to be the greatest football player in the world. As for spring 2013, Lionel Messi net worth is estimated at $110 million.
Leo was born in Rosario, in a family of Jorge Horacio and Celia Maria Messi. Both of his parents were lower class workers: his mother was a cleaning lady, while his father had a job at the local steel factory. Messi’s ancestors originated from Italy, Ancona, and immigrated to Latin America in the late 19th century.
Leo started training at an early age, primarily playing for the local club Grandoli, coached by his father. Although the training schedule was pretty tense for a 5-year old, his input later repaid tenfold, boosting Lionel Messi net worth to incredible heights. When Leo turned eight he joined Newell’s Old Boys, an Argentine sport club based in his hometown, Rosario. With Leo in its ranks, his team was unquestioned leader in the league and won all but one match in four years period. The boys were named “The Machine of 1987”, referring to their birth date.
When Lionel was 11, his career hit a rock. The Boy was diagnosed with a serious illness, Growth hormone deficiency. Although the doctors comforted the boy by saying that his condition was treatable, the drugs he needed were extremely pricy and neither his parents’ fortune, nor Lionel Messi net worth was sufficient to fund his treatment. What saved the boy was his own football skill. Messi’s relatives in Spain arranged a trial with FC Barcelona. Carles Rexach, the club’s sporting director, was so impressed with Leo’s game, he wrote a contract on the napkin and offered the boy to sign it right away. Medical treatment was included in their agreement; the only condition was Lionel moving to Spain. Having no other choice, his father agreed to accompany the boy in Europe. Lionel Messi net worth growth shifted to the higher gear in the early 2000s, when he started playing for Barcelona’s juniors.