Today, Wednesday, June 24, 2020, Lionel Messi turns 33 years old. Yes, this is the same Messi the GREATEST player that football has ever seen.
Happy birthday Lionel Messi!
Here are 10 Amazing Facts About Messi;
1. On 13 January 2019, Messi scored his 400th La Liga goal in his 435th league appearance in a 3–0 home win over Eibar, becoming the first player ever to manage this tally in just one of Europe’s top five leagues.
2. On 12 August 2018, he lifted his first title as Barcelona’s captain, the Supercopa de España, following a 2–1 victory over Sevilla.
3. On 19 August, Messi scored twice in helping Barcelona defeat Alavés 3–0 in their first La Liga match of the season, with his first goal, a free-kick that he rolled under the jumping Alavés wall, making history in being Barcelona’s 6000th goal in La Liga.
4. On 18 September, Messi scored a hat-trick in a 4–0 home win over PSV Eindhoven in Barcelona’s opening Champions League group stage match of the season, setting a new record for most hat-tricks in the competition, with eight.
5. Messi became Barcelona captain in May 2018, after the departure of former captain Andrés Iniesta
6. On 23 June, Lionel Messi provides his 250th assist for Barcelona
7. Due to his short stature, Messi has a lower centre of gravity than taller players, which gives him greater agility, allowing him to change direction more quickly and evade opposing tackles
8. One of the most prolific goalscorers and clinical finishers of all time, Messi is known for his powerful and accurate striking ability from both inside and outside the area, as well as his positioning, quick reactions, and ability to make attacking runs to beat the defensive line.
9. Messi has won six Ballons d’Or, six FIFA World’s Best Player awards and six European Golden Shoes
10. Messi was the world’s highest-paid footballer for five years out of six between 2009 and 2014; he was the first player to exceed the €40 million benchmark, with earnings of €41 million in 2013, and the €50–€60 million points, with an income of €65 million in 2014.
If it is your birthday today, you share it with:
Flag of Argentina Lionel Messi
Flag of Argentina Juan Roman Riquelme
Flag of Austria David Alaba
Flag of Japan Shunsuke Nakamura
Flag of England Micah Richards
Flag of England Kevin Nolan
Flag of England David May
Flag of Spain Luis García
Happy birthday once more!