Messi is a professional football player from Argentine. He currently plays for FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team as a forward or winger. Messi is considered as one of the best football players in his generation. The star also frequently regarded as the best contemporary player in the world. Messi received many other notable awards and titles including FIFA World Player of the Year nominations and FIFA Golden Ball Award. He was also named in the FIFA’s list of the best football players in the world. Let’s review some remarkable milestones in Messi’s football career through some photos below:
On 24 June 1987: Messi was born at the Hospital Italiano Garibaldi in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina.
In 1995: Messi switched to Newell\'s Old Boys
In 1998: At the age of 11, he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency
In 2000: Messi Newell moved with his family to Europe when Barcelona offered treatment for his disease and jobs for his parents.
On 16 November 2003: Messi his official debut for the first team in a friendly match against Porto when he was 16 years old.
On 16 October 2004: Messi made his league debut for the Barca club against Espanyol.
On 1 May 2005: Messi became the youngest to ever score for Barcelona when he scored his first senior goal for the club against Albacete.
In June 2005: Argentina won the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in the Netherlands and Messi won the Golden Ball and the Golden Shoe for this tournament.
On 17 August 2005: Messi made his full international debut against Hungary at the age of 18, but he was sent off after 2 minutes because of a red card
In September 2005: Spanish Government gave Messi the European passport.
On 16 June 2006: Messi became the youngest Argentine to play in the FIFA World Cup
On 29 June 2007: Messi played his first game in the 2007 Copa América when Argentina defeated United States 4–1 in the first game.
On 2 December 2007: Messi won the Golden Ball award
On 12 December 2007: Messi was named in the FIFA’s list of the best football players in the world.
On 23 August 2008: Messi helped Argentina U23 team successfully defend their Olympic Gold in the Beijing 2008 tournament, beating Nigeria 1-0 in the final
In December 2009: Messi was given the FIFA World Player of the Year award, beating Ronaldo and Xavi to the award.
On 24 March 2010: Messi played his 200th official match for Barcelona against Osasuna.
On 3 June 2010: Messi was named La Liga player of the year.
In January 2011: Messi beat out Barcelona teammates Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta for the renamed FIFA Golden Ball Award.
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