It’s the birthday of one of the greatest to have ever played the sport, any sport tbh, Lionel Messi!
The FC Barcelona forward was born on June 24, 1987 in Rosario, Argentina.
Widely regarded as one best players in the game, and being paid like one, Leo, as he is affectionately called, has played a critical role in Argentina’s football line up for the better part of 15 years.
The father of three, Ciro, Mateo and Thiago, has been married to Antonela Roccuzzo since June 2017.
Five Fast Facts about Lionel Messi:
- Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency as a young child.
- He is the all-time leading scorer for FC Barcelona.
- Messi has won the Ballon d’Or trophy for footballer of the year six times; 2009-2-12, 2015 and 2019.
- Messi will join an exclusive club of sports billionaires as early as next year, according to Forbes.
- Messi was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2004, supporting the organisation’s advocacy and fundraising efforts.
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