Lionel Messi, popularly referred to in Spanish media as Leo Messi, was born in June 24, 1987, in Argentina. He currently plays for FC Barcelona as a forward in the famous role of a false number nine. Following his inaugural win of the FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2009, Lionel Messi has proceeded to win the prize on three other occasions, in 2010, 2011, and 2012, making him the first player in the history of the sport to ever win the accolade a record of four times.
Football pundits, commentators, coaches and footballers alike have time and again rated Lionel Messi as the best football player of this generation, and, arguably, the best player ever to grace the sport. The number of both team and individual accolades won by Messi speaks volumes about his immense talent and ability to win matches for Barcelona single-handedly. The Rosario born genius has won a total of 5 La Liga championships, 2 Copa Del Rey, 5 Supercopa Des Espana, 3 UEFA champions League triumphs, 2 super cups, as well as 2 Club World Cup championships.
Lionel Messi is the second joint highest top scorer with Ruud Van Nistelrooy in the Champions League with 51 goals behind Raul Gonzalez’s record of 71 strikes. More incredibly, Messi has topped the scoring charts in the last four successive Champions League campaigns. Just a week ago, in a league match against Granada, Lionel Messi scored a brace to put his tally to 301 goals for Barcelona in all official competitions.
Sandro Rosell, the current president of FC Barcelona has played a prominent role steering the club in the right direction in terms of success on and off the pitch ever since his election to the club presidency post in 2010. He has been instrumental in offering Lionel Messi a new improved 5 year contract that will keep him at Camp Nou until 2018. The present FC Barcelona manager, Tito Villanova, who took over reigns following the departure of Pep Guardiola last season, has steered the club to new heights as Barcelona are the runaway La Liga leaders with 65 points having played 24 games.
Lionel Messi latest fourth win of the 2012 FIFA Ballon d’Or came after the attacker netted an astounding 91 strikes for both club and country throughout 2012 to break Gerd Muller`s earlier record of 85 strikes in a year.