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Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini (born 24 June 1987), also known as Leo Messi, is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and captains the Argentina national team.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, Lionel Messi has won a record seven Ballon d’Or awards and a record six European Golden Shoes.
Lionel Messi has also won a record 34 trophies with Barcelona, including ten La Liga titles, seven Copa del Rey titles, and the UEFA Champions League four times.
Lionel Messi, a prolific goalscorer and creative playmaker, achieved remarkable success with his national team, winning the 2021 Copa América and the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Lionel Messi holds several records, including the most goals in La Liga (474), the most hat-tricks in La Liga (36) and the UEFA Champions League (eight), and the most assists in La Liga (192) and the Copa América (17).
Notably, Lionel Messi has the highest number of international goals by a South American male (106), has netted over 800 senior career goals for both his club and country and holds the record for the most goals by a player for a single club (672).
Messi is a global icon and one of the most marketable athletes in the world. He has been ranked as the world’s highest-paid athlete by Forbes in 2019, 2020, and 2021. He has been sponsored by Adidas since 2006, and has endorsement deals with other major brands such as Pepsi, Gatorade, and Huawei.
Messi is known for his dribbling, passing, finishing, and vision. He is also a free-kick specialist and has scored many memorable goals from direct free kicks. He is a versatile player and can play in a variety of attacking positions, including forward, winger, and attacking midfielder.