Lionel Messi


June 24, 1987 (age 27)
Rosario, Argentina

Known for

Argentina football player, Barcelona player #10 jersey

Lionel Messi (also known as Leo Messi; born June 24, 1987) is an Argentinian footballer who plays for both Barcelona and the national team of Argentina. Messi has been on the Argentina national team since the 2006 World Cup qualifiers and Barcelona since 2004. He wears the #10 jersey for both Argentina and Barcelona when playing association football.

Messi played for Argentina at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, despite being a substitute for some of their games. Messi was only 18, being one of the 2006 tournament's youngest players by that time. He wore the #19 jersey. The only goal he scored before the knockouts in Germany 2006 was against Serbia and Montenegro; scoring in one of the last minutes. He also played for the Argentinian team at the 2010 and 2014.

He lead the Argentinian team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but came a close second, after winning on penalty kicks against the Netherlands; and losing to Germany 1-0 after extra time in the 2014 final.

World Cup appearances