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Lionel Andrés Messi, better known as Leo Messi, is a professional football player from Argentina. Messi was born on June 24th, 1987 in Rosario, in central Argentina. He started his football career with Newell’s Old Boys, where he was a part of their youth system. However, when he was just 13 years old, he moved to Spain to train with Barcelona.
Leo Messi trained at Barcelona’s La Masia Youth Academy until he was 17, at which age he made his competitive debut for the senior team. He quickly established himself as a vital part of the team and by the 2008/2009 season he already was one of the best players in the world at the age of 22. That year, he won the infamous treble with the club and won his first Ballon d’Or.
The Argentinian winger spent his entire professional career so far at Barcelona and won everything there is to win with the club. He won a total of 34 trophies with the club, including 10 Spanish League titles, 6 Spanish Cups and 4 UEFA Champion League titles. However, Messi didn’t have as much success with the national team. He never won a trophy with Argentina senior team, although he did win one FIFA U-20 World Cup and gold at 2008 Summer Olympics. He also played in three Copa América finals with Argentina and one FIFA World Cup final in 2014, which Argentina lost to Germany after extra time.
Messi also has an endless list of individual accomplishments – he won 6 Ballon d’Or awards, 6 European Golden Shoes and holds the record for most goals and most assists in Spanish League with 447 goals and 183 assists.
Leo Messi Transfers and Rumours
Since Messi was only 13 when he made transfer news and moved from Newell’s Old Boys to Barcelona for free since he wasn’t under contract yet. His family decided to move to Spain where they had relatives and seek a trial with Barcelona.
When Messi was 18 years old, rumours say that Scottish giants Rangers were interested in him. However, Rangers wanted Messi on loan, perhaps hoping to get him to stay long-term. Barcelona’s manager at the time, Frank Rijkaard, stopped these football whispers and Messi’s move.
At the same time, Juventus became interested in Messi after he showed his potential in a pre-season friendly against the “Old Lady”. Once again, Rijkaard stopped any gossip and interest right away.
In 2006, Inter Milan made Messi one of its main transfer targets and sent a formal bid for him. Not just any bid – they met his release clause at the time. However, Messi and his family decided it was better to stay at Barcelona.
After a few disappointing seasons with Barca, Messi announced his desire to move in 2020, which spurred a lot of transfer rumours. He had one year left on his contract but he had a clause that would allow him to leave for free if certain conditions were met. Manchester City was first in line to sign him but after Barcelona said that the conditions for Messi to leave for free were not met, he decided to stay until the end of his contract. If nothing changes, we could Messi’s transfer odds for a move to City or another club increase in 2021.