HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIONEL ANDRES MESSI
30 years ago on this day the world witnessed the growth of a LEGEND.
The boy who suffered from growth hormone deficiency syndrome in his childhood and later went on becoming the Greatest Footballer the world has ever seen.
From Barcelona’s Youth Academy to the Competitive debut in 2004, and winning the first treble in 2008-09 to the second treble in 2014-15.
The Playmaker, the greatest Footballer, the magician, an insipiration to millions like me.
CHILDHOOD FAVORITE FOOTBALLER
5x Ballon D’Or
Most (FIFA) Ballons d’Or: 5 (2009–12, 2015)
Top goalscorer in the history of FIFA Club World Cup: 5 goals
Guinness World Record as top goalscorer for club and country in a calendar year: 91 goals in 2012
Top goalscorer in all club competitions in a calendar year: 79 goals in 2012
Top goalscorer in a club season: 73 goals in 2011–12
Longest goalscoring run in a domestic league: 21 matches, 33 goals in 2012–13
Only player to have won more than one FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball
Only player to have won more than one FIFA Club World Cup Final Most Valuable Player award
3 times UEFA Best Player in Europe and UEFA Club Footballer of the Year awards
Most hat-tricks scored in the UEFA Champions League: 7
Top assist provider in Copa América: 11 assists
4 European Golden Shoe awards
6 times Most Best Player in La Liga award
Top goalscorer in La Liga: 349 goals in 382 appearances
Top assist provider in La Liga: 137 assists
Top goalscorer in the Supercopa de España: 12 goals
Top goalscorer in a La Liga season: 50 goals in 2011–12
Most braces scored in La Liga: 101
Only player to score consecutively against all opposition teams in La Liga: 19 matches, 30 goals in 2012–13
First player to reach 300 La Liga goals
Youngest player to score 200 goals in La Liga