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Here is a glimpse into the life of footballer Lionel “Leo” Messi, who plays for FC Barcelona and the Argentine national team.
Date of Birth: June 24, 1987
Place of birth: Rosario, Argentina
Birth name: Lionel andrés messi
Father: Jorge Messi, factory worker
Mother: Celia Cuccittini of Messi
Wedding: Antonela Roccuzzo (June 30, 2017-present)
Children: Ciro, Mateo and Thiago
As a young boy, Messi was diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency. At 13, he signed with Futbol Club Barcelona and moved to Spain. As part of the contract, FC Barcelona agreed to pay for Messi’s hormonal treatments.
All-time top scorer for FC Barcelona and the Spanish La Liga football league.
Winner of the Ballon d’Or, or footballer of the year, a record five times: a record four consecutive years (2009-2012) and again for 2015 and 2019.
Won the European Golden Shoe award six times: 2009-10, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19.
1995-2000 – Play for the local club, Newell’s Old Boys, in Rosario, Argentina.
2000-2003 – Signs with FC Barcelona and progresses in the youth teams of Barça.
November 16, 2003 – Made his debut as a team, replacing in a friendly against FC Porto.
October 16, 2004 – Made his official debut for FC Barcelona against Espanyol. Barça wins 1-0.
2007 – Establishes the Leo Messi Foundation, which works to improve access to education and health care for children.
August 2008 – Led the Argentine soccer team to a gold medal at the Beijing Summer Olympics.
March 11, 2010 – Messi is announced as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
2011-2012 season – Sets the all-time record for most goals scored in a single season for a major European football league, with 73 goals.
June 2013 – Barcelona prosecutors are filing tax evasion charges against Messi and his father for the period between 2007 and 2009. The complaint alleges that Messi and his father, in an attempt to reduce their Spanish tax bill, sought to manage the lucrative income of the player from image rights via front companies. settle abroad. Messi denies all allegations of wrongdoing.
June 25, 2013 – Barcelona prosecutors told CNN that Messi paid 10 million euros ($ 13 million) in taxes to cover the 2010-2011 fiscal period, but efforts to prosecute him for alleged tax evasion from 2007 to 2009 are ongoing.
Aug 14, 2013 – Messi and his father, Jorge Messi, make a ‘remedial’ payment of 5 million euros ($ 6.6 million) to Spanish authorities for allegedly committing tax fraud between 2007 and 2009.
September 27, 2013 – Messi and his father are testifying in a Barcelona court during a preliminary hearing into allegations they defrauded Spain’s tax authorities of more than $ 5 million.
March 16, 2014 – Score a hat-trick (three goals in one match), to become FC Barcelona’s all-time top scorer with 371 goals, eclipsing the record set by Paulino Alcantara, who scored 369 goals.
May 2014 – Signs a new contract with FC Barcelona for a declared annual net amount of 20 million euros ($ 27 million).
June 2014 – A Spanish prosecutor asks the judge to drop the tax evasion charges against Messi, but not against his father.
July 13, 2014 – Messi wins the Golden Ball for best player of the World Cup tournament.
July 28, 2014 – A judge rules that the tax fraud case against Messi and his father will continue, despite the Spanish prosecutor’s request in June to drop the charges against Messi.
November 22, 2014 – Messi scores a hat-trick (three goals in one game) to become the Spanish league’s all-time top scorer with 253 goals, surpassing Telmo Zarra’s previous record of 251 goals.
October 8, 2015 – A Spanish court rules that Messi and his father will be tried for tax evasion.
May 31, 2016 – The tax evasion trial begins for Messi and his father.
June 27, 2016 – Said he will likely retire from international football after Argentina lost the Copa America final to Chile on penalties.
July 6, 2016 – A Barcelona court fines Messi € 2m ($ 2.3m) and also sentences him to 21 months in prison for tax evasion. Spanish courts changed Messi’s prison sentence to an additional fine of € 252,000 ($ 287,000) in July 2017.
Aug 12, 2016 – Messi announces he will play for Argentina again, after saying in June he would retire from international football.
July 5, 2017 – Barcelona and Messi announce a contract extension that will keep Messi at Barca until June 30, 2021 and is reportedly worth € 565,000 ($ 645,000) per week.
January 13, 2019 – Scores his 400th Spanish league goal in his 435th appearance, extending his record as the all-time La Liga top scorer. Messi is the first player to score 400 times in any of Europe’s big five leagues.
Aug 2, 2019 – Messi was banned from all competition for three months and fined $ 50,000 by the CONMEBOL disciplinary court. The sanction comes after Messi accused South American football’s governing body of corruption, suggesting that the 2019 Copa America was rigged in favor of the Brazilian hosts.
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