Lionel Andrés Messi (born June 24, 1987 in Rosario) - Argentine footballer of Italian origin , a player of FC Barcelona. Regarded as one of the best players of his generation . Before the age of 21 years has received nominations for Golden Balls France Football, which he received in 2009, and FIFA Player of the Year . With the style of game compared to football legend Diego native Maradony. Messi Maradona himself described his "successor".
Messi started playing football as a kid, and quickly spotted his talent scouts of FC Barcelona. In 2000 he left the youth team Newell's Old Boys, and his family moved to Europe, where he was to undergo hormone treatment. Debut in the Primera Liga, broke two records - became the youngest player, who made and scored goal in the league. Soon the band began to achieve success, including a doublet in the league and victory in the Champions League. The breakthrough was the 2006-07 season, he won a place in the basic composition, scored a hat-trick at VIP Tickets and ended the game with 26 appearances and 14 goals strzelonymi. So far, 2008-09 season was his career best - Argentinean scored 38 goals and played a key role in the team, which won three major cups.