September 7th, 2022
It seems like Lionel Messi can’t stop breaking records lately, and this week was no different, as the Barcelona star scored his 400th career goal during the first leg of the Copa del Rey Round of 16 matches against Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday. This makes Messi just the third player to ever score 400 goals in official matches, following on from German legend Gerd Muller and Brazilian striker Ronaldo. At only 25 years old, there’s no telling how many more records Messi will go on to break in his career, but he certainly has plenty of time to achieve even more milestones.
Football has always been one of my biggest passions. Being in the right city has always been hard for me, but playing in a football video game and watching Manchester United is all I need to stay informed on the ข่าวฟุตบอลล่าสุด. However, Lionel Messi is quickly becoming the name that people are talking about due to his outstanding work with FC Barcelona as well as Argentina's national team. He has broken records left and right, but it's not all just hype. With two FIFA Ballon d'Or awards, five La Liga titles, three UEFA Champions League titles, two Copa del Rey titles, six Spanish Super Cup victories, and three Club World Cup victories (to name a few), it's no surprise that Messi is the only player to reach 10 major club trophies.
Leo Messi was born in Rosario, Argentina on June 24th, 1987. He's the second of three children born to Jorge and Celia, both members of an upper-middle-class family in La Plata. From an early age he developed a love for football thanks to his father's constant encouragement.
In September 2000, Messi became only the second player ever under 14 years old to be signed by the Newell's Old Boys club, who were playing in the Argentine First Division at the time.
Just two years ago, at the age of 24, Lionel Messi became Barcelona's all-time leading goal scorer, passing Cesar Rodriguez's total of 232 goals. In December of last year, he scored twice against Espanyol to take his tally up to 248 goals. Now with 241 goals in 265 games for Barcelona, the man from Rosario looks set to overhaul Telmo Zarra's Spanish top-flight record of 251 goals in 353 games for Athletic Bilbao and Francisco Gento's La Liga record of 309. He has also passed Rivaldo as Barcelona's all-time leading foreign scorer and just needs one more goal to become the club's overall leading scorer after overtaking Cesar Rodriguez last year too.
It's hard to argue with a soccer star that's nicknamed The King. Born in Rosario, Argentina, Messi developed his skills with his neighborhood soccer team and eventually joined the youth squad of Newell's Old Boys. But when the 16-year-old was called up to train with FC Barcelona's first team, he returned without hesitation. Ever since then, Messi has been breaking records left and right for club and country. He was instrumental in bringing home FIFA World Cup titles for Argentina in both 1978 and 1986, as well as another European Championship in 2009 with FC Barcelona.
There are many reasons why Lionel Messi is still considered the best soccer player in the world, despite being 33 years old. Besides being an incredibly talented soccer player, he has a work ethic that stands out. Whenever his team is on the field, he's never off of it. He's always chasing down loose balls and providing support to teammates who have lost possession or have been tackled. Messi shows respect to opponents by refusing to celebrate after scoring a goal and after the match on occasions, he takes photos with all of his opponents as a way of thanking them for their hard work.
Whether you love Messi or hate him, it's hard to argue with the numbers he's put up in his career. He has been the best player in the world for most of his professional life and is widely considered one of the best players in history. He continues to show why at an age when players start to decline. Every year he notches a few more records for himself - including two Guinness World Records for scoring goals and getting assists faster than anyone else in history - and sets new marks that may not be broken for a long time. I'm confident that this won't be his last record either. If Messi sticks around for as long as he has so far, who knows what heights he could reach?
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