Messi started his soccer career at age 6 when he joined his local club, Newell’s Old Boys, in his hometown of Rosario. Old Boys’ youth teams with Messi were so good they were nicknamed “The Machine of 87” based on the year of birth of the side. Messi’s family moved to Barcelona and arranged a trial with Barcelona FC who wanted to sign him immediately, eventually doing so by signing a contract on a napkin. He rose through the ranks of the Barca youth system, making his first-team debut at 16 years old. Today, he’s widely recognized as the greatest soccer player in the game. Maybe the greatest to EVER play it, too. In his club career, all with Barcelona, he has amassed nine La Liga championships, six Copa del Rey trophies, and four UEFA Champions League wins. He made his debut for Argentina in 2005 at 18 years old. He’s yet to win a world cup for his home country, coming in second in 2014, but has won the Olympic gold.
Messi has committed his entire future to Adidas, signing a lifelong endorsement deal with the brand in 2017. Messi is often seen wearing Thom Browne, who is Barcelona’s official partner for off-field fashion.
- As a child he was diagnosed with a hormone deficiency, Barcelona FC helped pay his medical bills once he joined the club.
- He was red-carded just 47 seconds into his debut for Argentina.
- He’s a dual-citizen of Spain and Argentina, and had the chance to play for Spain but chose his home country.
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