LIONEL ANDRES MESSI
Lionel Andrs Messi is an Argentine footballer who currently plays for Barcelona and the Argentine national team.
Messi is considered to be one of the best football players of his generation.
His playing style have drawn comparisons to football legend Diego Maradona.
Messi was born on 24 June 1987 in Rosario, Argentina, to parents Jorge Messi, a factory worker, and Celia, a part time cleaner.
He has two older brothers named Rodrigo and Matias as well as sister named Maria Sol.
After winning 2009 UEFA Super Cup, Josep Guardiola asserted that Messi was the best player he had ever seen.Messi signed a new contract with Barcelona, running until 2016 and with a buy-out clause of 250 million included, making Messi, along with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the highest paid players in La Liga, with earnings of around 9.5 million yearly.
In 2004, he debuted for Argentina,playing in an under-20 match against Paraguay.
He was part of a team that won the 2005 FIFA World Championship.
He made his full international debut against Hungary at 18 years of age.
Messi was at one stage romantically linked to Macarena Lemos, from his hometown of Rosario.
He is said to have been introduced to her by the girl's father when he returned to Rosario to recover from his injury a few days before the start of the 2006 World Cup.