Lionel Messi fact file


BARCELONA: Fact file on Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who won the Ballon d’Or for a record fifth time on Monday.

Name: Lionel Andres Messi

Nationality: Argentinian

Date of birth: June 24, 1987 – age 28

Place of birth: Rosario, Argentina

Club: Barcelona (ESP/since 2000)

International appearances: 105

International goals: 49

International debut: August 17, 2005, Hungary 1 Argentina 2

Honours

Club

Champions League (4): 2005-06, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2014-15

Club World Cup (3): 2009, 2011, 2015

European Super Cup (3): 2009, 2011, 2015

Spanish Championships (7): 2004-05, 2005-06, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2012-13, 2014-15

Spanish Cup (3): 2008-09, 2011-12, 2014-15

Spanish Super Cups (6) 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013

International

World Cup: Finalist (2010), Quarter-finalist (2006, 2010), 15 matches, 5 goals

Copa America: Finalist (2015, 2007), Quarter-finalist (2011), 16 matches, 3 goals

Olympic gold medal (1): 2008

Under-20 World Cup (1): 2005

Individual Honours:

Ballon D’Or (5): 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015

Top scorer in the Spanish league (3): 2009-2010 (34 goals), 2011-2012 (50 goals), 2012-13 (46 goals)

Top scorer in the Champions League (5): 2008-2009 (9 goals), 2009-2010 (8 goals), 2010-2011 (12 goals), 2011-2012 (14 goals), 2014-15 (10 goals)

World Cup Golden Ball (1): 2014

Olympic player of the tournament (1): 2008

Under-20 World Cup player of the tournament (1): 2005

Top scorer at Under-20 World Cup (1): 2005 (6 goals)

After winning the Ballon d’Or for the record 5th time, Messi said, “This Ballon d’Or means a lot more than I could have ever dreamed of as a child. It’s incredible that it’s my fifth, it’s much more than I ever dreamed of,” Messi had 41% of the vote Ronaldo getting 28% and Barca’s Neymar 8.0%.

Messi was the star player as Barcelona won the treble of Champions League, La Liga and Spanish Cup last season, before also adding the Club World Cup last month. Although he became the first ever player to win the award five times, Messi had said earlier that he would swap all those individual accolades for a World Cup success. “Team awards are more important than individual ones,” he said, before adding that the World Cup “is every player’s objective, it’s really the pinnacle”.

AFP