Profile: Lionel Messi

full name: Lionel Andrés Messi
bio: Lionel Messi is one of the top football players in the world. He was born in Argentina, though he plays for Barcelona in the Spainish league.
also known as: Leo, La Pulga Atomica (The Atomic Flea)
born: 24 June 1987, in Rosario, Argentina

parents are Jorge Horacio Messi ( was a factory worker) and Celia María Cuccittini (was a part-time cleaner). He has two older brothers Rodrigo and Matías and a sister Maria Sol.

nationality: Argentinian
physical: Height: 1.69 m (5 ft 6+1⁄2 in)
Weight: 67kg
sport: Football or Soccer
teams / clubs:


position: striker
foot: left
jersey number: 10
what you may not know:
  • At the age of five, Messi started playing football for Grandoli, a local club coached by his father Jorge.
  • he was diagnosed with a growth deficiency at 11, requiring growth hormone injections.
  • He is featured on the front cover of the video game Pro Evolution Soccer 2009.
  • His debut with the Argentinian national team (against Hungary) was a disaster: he entered the game in the 18th minute of the second half, and 47 seconds later was sent off!
  • He made his La Liga debut for Barcelona against Espanyol when he was 17 years old

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