A timeline of one of the world's greatest football players
25 June 1987
Lionel Messi is Born
Lionel Andres Messi Cuccittini was born on Wednesday, June 24, 1987. He was born in Rosario, Argentina.
31 March 1994
Messi Joins Newell’s Old Boys
At the age of six, Messi became a member of the Old Boys. He played for this team for about six years. While he was at the youth club, he scored over 500 goals. The team was almost unbeatable.
2 February 2001
Messi and Family Moves to Barcelona
Messi and his family relocated to the city of Barcelona in Spain in February 2001. The family moved into an apartment that was very close to Barcelona’s football team’s stadium, Camp Nou.
2 February 2002
Messi Enrolls in the RFEF
Messi became a student at Barcelona’s youth academy, La Masia. In February 2002, he was officially enrolled in the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).
17 October 2003
Messi Makes His First Appearance
The footballer made his first appearance in a match against FC Porto.
25 July 2005
Messi Inks His First Contract
On his 18th birthday, Messi landed his first contract as a senior team player. The contract was completed on June 24, 2005. The contract outlined that he would be an official player with the Barcelona football club until 2010. His buyout clause was set at a whopping €150 million.
18 May 2006
Lionel Messi Plays in the Champions League
Lionel Messi achieves his first champions league on May 17, 2006.
24 August 2008
Messi Plays at the 2008 Summer Olympics
Messi had the privilege of playing at the Football at the 2008 Summer Olympics which was held in Beijing and a number of other cities in the People’s Republic of China. With Messi as a key player, Argentina won the tournament.
28 May 2009
Messi wins the 2009 UEFA Champions League with Barcelona
The final match of the 2009 UEFA Champions League was played on May 27, 2009. The match was held in Rome, Italy at the Stadio Olimpico. The winner of this match would be crowned the winners of the 2008-09 season of the UEFA Champions League. The winner of the match was Barcelona. They defeated Manchester United 2-0. Lionel Messi scored the final goal of the match. The UEFA Champions is a tournament that involves the top football clubs in all of Europe.
2 December 2009
Messi Earns First Ballon d’Or
On December 1, 2009, Lionel Messi was awarded his very first Ballon d’Or.
11 January 2011
Messi Earns His Second Ballon d’Or
Messi received his second consecutive Ballon d’Or on January 10, 2011. It was a great year for La Masia, the FC Barcelona academy. It became the first youth academy to have all three of the finalists for the Ballon d’Or in a single year. The players were Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, and Xavi.
29 May 2011
Messi Performs in the 2011 UEFA Champions League
The final match of the 2011 UEFA Champions League was held on May 28, 2011. The match was played at the Wembley Stadium in London. The match was to reveal who would be crowned the winner of the 2010-11 season of the UEFA Champions League. This was the 56th season of the tournament. It was also the 19th season in the Champions League era. The two teams that went head to head in this final match were Barcelona and Manchester United. Barcelona came out victorious and was dubbed the winners of the 2011 UEFA Champions League.
10 January 2012
Messi’s Third Ballon d’Or
The award ceremony was held in Zurich on January 9, 2012. Lionel Messi received the title of world player of the year at the award ceremony. This marked the third consecutive year that Lionel Messi was named the winner of the Ballon d’Or.
8 January 2013
Messi’s Fourth Ballon d’Or
Messi landed his fourth Ballon d’Or on January 7, 2013. The footballer was, for the fourth consecutive year, named the world’s best football player.
14 July 2014
Argentina Faces Defeat
Germany was defeated by Germany in the 2014 World Cup finals. Germany clinched a 1-0 victory.
7 June 2015
Messi Secures Fourth Champions League Title
On June 6, 2015, Lionel Messi secured his fourth Champions League.
5 July 2015
Argentina Loses Copa America 2015
The sizzling match ran into extra time. The match was decided by a penalty shootout. Chile defeated Argentina 4-1 on penalties.
12 January 2016
Messi’s Fifth Ballon d’Or
Messi’s skills as a footballer have not been going unnoticed. For the fifth time, Messi received the Ballon d’Or award.
3 December 2019
Messi’s Sixth Ballon d’Or
Messi attended the 64th annual ceremony of the Ballon d’Or. It was presented by France Football. Lionel Messi was recognized as the best player in the world for 2019. This marked the sixth time that Messi has received this award in his career.
29 September 2020
Messi Outshines Cristiano Ronaldo as the Most Marketable Athlete
Lionel Messi was declared the Most Marketable Athlete of 2020. His rival, Cristiano Ronaldo finished at the second spot on the list. The two are on the list ahead of other major athletes like Lebron James and Virat Kohli.
4 October 2020