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Lionel Messi's Wife - 2016 [ Antonella Roccuzzo ]
About Lionel Messi Biography Lionel Messi is an Argentinian footballer widely regarded as one of the greatest players of the modern generation. He plays for FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team. He has won FIFA world player of the year four times a record already. Messi is a genius, and he can become an even better player. His father was a factory steel worker, and his mother a cleaner. He began playing from an early age, and his talent was soon apparent. However, at the age of 11, Messi was diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency GHD. This was a condition that stunted growth and required expensive medical treatment, including the use of the drug Human growth hormone. However, Messi was given a trial with Barcelona, and coach Carles Rexach was impressed — offering Messi a contract written on a paper napkin! Messi moved to Barcelona with his father and became part of the prestigious FC Barcelona youth academy. But everything I did, I did for football, to achieve my dream. By next season, aged just 20, Messi was the first choice striker and an essential part of the Barcelona team — scoring 14 goals in 26 league games. As the seasons have progressed, Messi kept improving and breaking his own records. In the calendar year of , he broke the all-time world record for most goals scored in a calendar year. He is an incredible player, gigantic. At the end of , Messi turned down a very lucrative offer to play for an unnamed Russian side. He turned down the offer because he was unsure if he would be playing in major European championships and the difficulties in moving to Russia. Instead, he signed a contract with Barcelona until the end of When asked about moving to the English Premier League, Messi revealed his sense of commitment to Barcelona. They have brought me to where I am today. I know the Premier League is very good. But I cannot see myself playing in England because my heart is with Barcelona, always. Messi made his full international debut in August , during a friendly against Hungary. In his first game, Messi was sent off for allegedly elbowing a player. Argentina were eliminated in the quarter-finals. In , he won an Olympic gold medal for Argentina in football at the Beijing Olympics. Initially, Barcelona had not allowed him permission to play, but new coach Pep Guardiola allowed him time off. In the World Cup, Messi wore the number 10 shirt and played well to help Argentina reach the quarter-finals, but Messi struggled to score, and Argentina disappointingly lost to Germany in the quarter-final. Messi has admitted he is desperate to play in a world cup final. Success for Messi in the World Cup would be the last test of greatness. Messi is widely regarded as one of the most exciting players of the modern age — in fact, any age. He has a peerless ability to dribble and take on opponents. Maradona has described his ball control as supremely good. I know that above all it is my job and that I should approach it in another way, but one must not lose sight of the fact that football is a game. It is imperative one plays to amuse oneself, to be happy. That is what children do and I do the same thing. The fourth award that I have had is just too great for words. He has his game and I have mine. I also play in a big club like him. We are different in every aspect. But right now, he is the best. By February , he has scored goals in official matches for Barcelona FC. He is the only player to score in four consecutive Champions League campaigns. As of February , Messi has scored club goals out of appearances including Barcelona B team His international record for Argentina is 37 goals from 83 appearances. Wealth and income Messi has frequently been the target of other football clubs with big transfer budgets, but he has remained loyal to Barcelona FC. He is one of the highest paid footballers in the world. Private life By the standards of modern football, Messi has a relatively private and modest lifestyle. He makes efforts to keep links to his hometown of Rosario. He has an Argentinian girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo, and they have one child Thiago, born in November Messi acts as an ambassador for Unicef, and also runs his own charitable foundation — supporting access to education and sport for children. Because of his own expensive medical treatment, he has also helped Argentinian hospitals with paying for similar treatment to his own. World Cup Many commentators have stated that Lionel Messi has performed at his best in all competitions, except the World Cup. In both the and World Cup, Argentina were knocked out in the quarter-finals, with Messi not at his best. The World Cup in Brazil is an opportunity for Messi to make an impact on the highest stage of them all. In the opening game against, Bosnia — Herzegovina, Messi scored a great goal to give Argentina a winning start. He scored four goals to help Argentina reach the World Cup Final. In the final, Argentina lost to Germany. After the tournament, Messi replied: I am just upset by the wasted chances. We had the best chances. We knew we could not dominate the game but we knew what we wanted to do. Right now I do not care about my prize. I just wanted to lift the cup and bring it to Argentina. The pain is very great.
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