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Fact Box-Soccer-Argentine and former Barcelona striker Lionel Messi

File Photo: Soccer Soccer-Champions League-16 Second League-Paris Saint-Germain v FC Barcelona-Parc des Princes, Paris, France-March 10, 2021 Barcelona’s Lionel Messi looks discouraged after the match Reuters / Gonzalo Fentes / File Photo

August 5, 2021

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(Reuters)-Argentine forward Lionel Messi’s fact box. He left Barcelona on Thursday after his contract expired at the end of June.

Messi, who participated in Barca’s youth setup at the age of 13, spent his entire professional career in the club, scoring 672 goals in 778 games in all competitions and is the greatest scorer and appearance maker of all time.

Born June 24, 1987 in Rosario, Argentina

Past career

* After joining Barcelona at the age of 13 in 2000 and shining in the youth rank, Frank Rijkaard made his senior debut at the age of 16 in a friendly match against Porto in 2003.

* He made his LaLiga debut in October 2004 and scored his first league goal in a match against Albacete at Camp Nou the following May.

* Barca defeated Liga for the second year in a row, but never beat Arsenal 2-1 in the Champions League final, so he scored six goals in 17 games in 2005-06.

* Barca played an important role in the 2009 calendar year as it won six trophies, including the Champions League, LaLiga, Copa del Rey and the Club World Cup.

* Won the first of four consecutive Ballon d’Or awards.

* Regained LaLiga in 2010, held the Ballon d’Or award, defeated Spain’s World Cup winner and Barca’s teammates Andres Iniesta and Xavi.

* Barcelona defeated Manchester United 3-1 in the 2011 Champions League final, scoring one goal and creating another.

* Helped Barca win the league title for the third consecutive year in 2010-11, beating Santos 4-0 to win the Club World Cup on the scoresheet.

* Barca failed to maintain the LaLiga and Champions League, but Messi overtook Cesar Rodríguez as Barcelona’s greatest goal scorer in history, finishing 2012 with an astonishing total of 91 goals in all tournaments. This is a calendar year record.

* Riga broke the score record for the 2011-12 season with 50 goals.

* When I played against Ajax Amsterdam twice at the end of 2014, it was comparable to the 71-goal Champions League scoring record set by former Real Madrid and Schalke 04 forward Raul. After that, he was overtaken by Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

* A series of illustrious performances in 2014-15 after Barca won the second historic treble and Messi won the fifth Ballon d’Or award after becoming the highest scorer in history in LaLiga. Did.

* Won domestic doubles in 2015-16 and 2017-18.

* After Andres Iniesta left in May 2018, Messi was nominated as the captain of Barcelona next season and led to the league title, but the club was eliminated by Liverpool in the Champions League semi-final stage.

* Won the record 6th Ballon d’Or in September 2019.

* He tried to leave Barcelona in August 2020, but officially demanded his exit after the collapse of his relationship with then-President Josep Maria Bartomeu, but Joan, the successor to the rise of Argentina’s greatness. Laporta persuaded him to stay.

* Scored the 644th goal against Barcelona against Real Valladolid in LaLiga in December 2020, surpassing Pele’s record in Santos.

* In his final season at the club, Barcelona won the Copa del Rey, but finished third in the league and was knocked out by Paris Saint-Germain in the final 16 stages of the Champions League.

* Scored 672 club records in 778 games and won 35 trophies in the club. This includes 10 league titles and 4 Champions League trophies.

(Report by Hritika Sharma of Bengaluru, edited by Christian Radnedge)



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