Lionel Messi is the greatest player of modern football. His perseverance, unique ability to overcome the opponents’ defence and amazing feints at the beginning of his career continue to delight fans. Titles, achievements and titles have been secured for him, but the striker himself claims that individual awards are in second place for him; the main thing is the team’s success.
Childhood and youth
The athlete was born on June 24, 1987, in the Argentine city of Rosario. His nationality is mixed, and his zodiac sign is Cancer. He grew up with two older brothers, Mathias and Rodrigo, and his sister Maria Sol. In his spare time, Jorge Horacio, Lionel’s father, worked at a local metallurgical plant and coached a youth football team. Mother Celia Maria worked in the service sector. The grandmother was engaged in the upbringing of the young talent.
Personal life of Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi’s first girlfriend is Macarena Lemos. He was 19 years old when the relationship began. But they were not destined to last long because the young man’s passion for football was initially stronger than all feelings. There was another short-term affair with Luisiana Salazar, the men’s magazine Playboy star.
According to rumours, the parents of Macarena Lemos were against her union with Messi, as they wanted a rich husband for their daughter.
Lionel Messi’s wife
Messi’s only wife was his old acquaintance Antonela Rocuzzo. Antonella was born on February 26, 1988, in the city of Rosario in the Argentine province of Santa Fe in a working-class family. Rocuzzo and Messi were family friends, and the girl’s brother was Lionel’s childhood friend.
But they got married only in 2017. The wedding was held in Rosario in a circle of 250 guests, among whom were relatives and world football stars.
His wife gave the footballer three children. Lionel Messi’s firstborn son was Thiago, born in 2012. In 2015, Mateo was born. During the wedding in 2017, the couple announced another upcoming addition, and baby Ciro appeared the following year.
Messi’s height and weight
The height of the football player is 170 cm, and the weight is about 69 kg. As it turned out, Lionel Messi was exposed to a disease associated with the hormone somatotropin. It is responsible for the growth and development of the body. As a result, at the age of 11, there was a risk that Messi would remain a dwarf. The treatment was costly, and it was a massive blow for the family’s earnings.
Parents began to contact different football clubs to take the young talent under their wing, but with a request to help with treatment. Then, finally, the Barcelona managers saw Lionel’s gift. They paid for expensive hormone injections and provided accommodation for him and his parents in Spain.
How much does Lionel Messi earn?
They say, briefly, Messi is a billionaire. But many are interested in more accurate figures. A man earns not only by playing football, but he has also taken care of other ways of enrichment.
Lionel earns over $100 million a year. This amount reaches almost ten million rubles a month. This is about $2.5 million a week. Fans thought that a football career brings Messi about four dollars every second.
In addition, the man earns a lot from advertising. Pepsi, Adidas, Gilette, car and watch brands, airlines, games and even Dolce & Gabbana deduct an impressive fee to the football player. He invests in construction and real estate. For example, a 40-meter skyscraper was built under his command in his homeland, in Rosario. Together with the Messi brothers, he opened a restaurant in the centre of Barcelona. In 2020, he planned to build an amusement park in Nanjing, China. Among other things, Lionel owns a four-star hotel in Sitges and a hotel on the island of Ibiza. In addition, LEO wine products are produced under its auspices.
Problems with the law
In 2013, Messi and his father were accused of tax fraud. According to the Spanish prosecutor’s office, they have not paid more than 4 million euros to the national treasury. Both defendants denied their guilt.
In 2016, Jorge and Lionel were sentenced to a year and nine months in prison. However, the legislation allowed them to get off with fines: Messi Jr. paid 2 million euros, his father – 1 million.
All of Messi’s tattoos are done by one master — Roberto Lopez. He got his first tattoo on his back in the form of his mother’s face in 2010. The footballer took a long time to decide on this step and even asked Dani Alves how much it would hurt. Then an image of the hand of Thiago’s son appeared on the body, a composition of a dagger, a rose and wings, a ball and a number, the dates of birth of his wife and children.
Lionel Messi is a talented football player, businessman and an exemplary family man. It is not known who he would have become if he had not started playing football from an early age, but we can say for sure that his fate would have been entirely different. Today, Messi is so famous that he is known by those who watch advertisements on television. But as a football player, he is famous among millions of viewers worldwide.