1. Lionel Messi was born on June 24, 1987, in Rosario, Argentina.

2. He joined FC Barcelona's youth academy, La Masia, at the age of 13 .

3. Messi made his debut for Barcelona's senior team at the age of 17 in 2004.

4. He has won the prestigious FIFA Ballon d'Or award a record-breaking seven times.

5. Messi holds the record for the most goals scored in a calendar year, with 91 goals in 2012.

6. He has spent the majority of his career at Barcelona, where he won numerous domestic and international titles, including the UEFA Champions League.

7. In August 2021, Messi transferred to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) after leaving Barcelona.

8. Messi has represented the Argentina national team and won the Copa America in 2021, his first major international trophy.

9. He is known for his incredible dribbling skills, close ball control, and ability to score from various positions on the field.