Lionel Messi Biography

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Lionel Messi was born born 24 June 1987 in Rosario in Argentian, he is an exciting Argentine soccer player, who currently plays as a second striker for FC Barcelona. He has shown remarkable ability for a player so young, and is often touted in the media as "the new Diego Maradona".

Play for the Spanish national football team was was offered to Lionel Messi, but he declined, preferring to wait for the opportunity to play for the country of his birth.He got his chance in June 2004 , playing in an under-20 friendly match against Paraguay..

In June 2005 in The Netherlands , the the Argentina U-20 team that won the Football World Youth Championship and Messi starred in this tournament, picking up the Golden Boot as top scorer with 6 goals, and the Golden Ball for the best player of the tournament.

José Pekerman called him up to the senior Argentine national team on August 4. He made his debut against Hungary. However, he only played for three minutes of the game, being shown a red card and making him leave the field in his first attempt on goal.

The Italian newspaper Tuttosport awarded him the Golden Boy 2005 title for the best under-21 player in Europe, ahead of Wayne Rooney and Lukas Podolski ,on December of that year, Lionel Messi started playing football at a very early age for Newell's Old Boys. From the age of 11, he suffered from a hormone deficiency and as his parents were unable to pay for treatment in Argentina, they decided to move to Barcelona, Spain.He was 13 years of age, Lionel Messi tried his luck with a trial at FC Barcelona. He excelled at the trial and rapidly found himself starting for the Barcelona B team, averaging more than a goal per game.

Lionel Messi made his official debut for the first team against RCD Espanyol in October 2004, becoming the third-youngest player to ever play for FC Barcelona and he scored his first senior goal against Albacete on 2005-05-01

FC Barcelona renewed his contract until 2010 On 2005-06-27, establishing a selling clause of ;150 million.

On September 25 Lionel Messi obtained Spanish citizenship and was finally able to make his debut in this season, Spanish First Division. He had previously been unable to play because FC Barcelona had filled their quota of non-EU players. On September 28, Lionel Messi’s first match in the UEFA Champions League at the Nou Camp was against the Italian club Udinese. He impressed with some great passing and a seemingly telepathic relationship with Ronaldinho that earned him a standing ovation from the 70,000-odd Nou Camp faithful

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