Lionel Messi biography: 13 things about footballer born in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina

Lionel Andrés Messi, also known as Leo Messi, is an Argentine professional footballer born in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina to Jorge Messi and Celia Maria Cuccittini. He is 5’7″ tall.

Jorge was a manager in a steel factory while Cuccittini worked in a magnet manufacturing workshop. She is of Italian descent while he is of Italian and Spanish descent.


Leo has two older brothers namely Matias Messi and Rodrigo Messi and a younger sister named Maria Sol Messi. Their cousins Maxi Biancucchi and Emanuel Biancucchi are also professional footballers.

  1. In 2000, he relocated from Argentina to Spain.
  2. From 2004 to 2021, he played for Futbol Club Barcelona, which is based in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. From 2004 to 2005, he played for the Argentina national under-20 football team. In 2005, he joined the Argentina national football team.
  3. In 2006, he became the youngest Argentine footballer to play and score in a Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup. In the same year, he started endorsing sportswear company Adidas.
  4. In 2008, he played for the Argentina Olympic football team. In the same year, he started dating his fellow Rosario native Antonela Roccuzzo, the cousin of his childhood best friend Lucas Scaglia.
  5. He won the Ballon d’Or in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019 and 2021.
  6. In 2012, Roccuzzo gave birth to their son Thiago Messi.
  7. In 2015, Roccuzzo gave birth to their son Mateo Messi.
  8. On June 7, 2016, he won a libel case against La Razón, a newspaper based in Madrid, Spain, and was awarded €65,000 ($69107) in damages, which he donated to the charity Médecins Sans Frontières.
  9. On June 30, 2017, he married Roccuzzo at a luxury hotel named Hotel City Center in Rosario.
  10. In June 2021, he signed a five-year deal to become an ambassador for the Hard Rock Cafe brand.
  11. In 2018, Roccuzzo gave birth to their son Ciro Messi.
  12. In 2020, he was awarded the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year, making him the first footballer and the first team sport athlete to win the award. In the same year, he became the second footballer and second team-sport athlete to surpass $1 billion in career earnings.
  13. In May 2022, he was unveiled as Saudi Arabia’s tourism ambassador. He was 35 years old when he won the 2022 FIFA World Cup on December 18, 2022 with Argentina following a 4–2 victory over France at Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar.

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