12 facts you probably didn’t know about Messi
As Barcelona's iconic legend, Lionel Messi, prepares to finally exit Camp Nou on Thursday evening, WuzupNigeria digs into his decorated archive and presents you with 12 things you probably don't know about the mercurial star.
He was born and raised in central Argentina but relocated to Spain to join Barcelona at 13 and made his competitive debut at 17 in October 2004.
He is often considered the best player in the world and widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.
Messi has won six Ballon d'Or awards and six European Golden Shoes
He has spent his entire professional career with Barcelona, where he has won a club-record 34 trophies, including ten La Liga titles, seven Copa del Rey titles and four UEFA Champions Leagues.
Messi holds the records for most goals in La Liga (474), La Liga and European league season (50), most hat-tricks in La Liga (36) and the UEFA Champions League (8), and most assists in La Liga (192), a La Liga and European league season (21) and the Copa América (17).
He has scored over 750 senior career goals for club and country and has the most goals ever by a player for a single club.
He won his first Ballon d'Or at 22.
Messi became the youngest Argentine to play and score in a FIFA World Cup in 2006.
He won the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship, finishing the tournament with both the Golden Ball and Golden Shoe.
Messi was among Time's 100 most influential people in the world in 2011 and 2012 and was ranked the world's highest-paid athlete by Forbes in 2019
In 2019, Messi became the second footballer (and second team-sport athlete) to surpass $1 billion in career earnings.
He is currently a free agent.