Lionel "Leo" Messi (born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine professional football player. He is playing for Barcelona FC and he is captain of the Argentina national team. In 2009, Messi won the Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards, this was his first award. In 2010, 2011 and 2012 he won FIFA Ballon d'Or award and 2010–11 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award. In 2014 he scored his 400th goal in the senior league! Messi is the first football player who won 4 FIFA/Ballons d'Or, and three European Golden Shoe awards. He is considered as one of the best football players, alongside with the Cristiano Ronaldo, his biggest rival! He is also rated as the greatest football players of all time! Playing in Barcelona, Messi won: two Copas del Rey, 6 La Ligas, 6 Supercopas de España, 6 UEFA Champions Leagues, two FIFA Club World Cups and two UEFA Super Cups.
This athlete holds many more records. He is the only player who scored in 4 consecutive Champions League seasons and the first player who score 5 goals in one match. In the 2011-2012 season he set the record with 73 scored goals in one season. In 2005 he was the top scorer (6 goals) and the best player, helping Argentina win the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
His rival is Cristian Ronaldo. Every year they have at least two games when they face each other! Match Real Madrid- Barcelona watch more than 400 million viewers! They are also the highest paid football players. Messi had a yearly income of $64 million! These two players are the most followed athletes on social media!