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  • Rosario, Argentina
    Wednesday Jun 24, 1987

    Birth

    Rosario, Argentina
    Wednesday Jun 24, 1987

    Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini born in 24 June 1987, in Rosario, Argentina.




  • Rosario, Argentina
    Wednesday Mar 30, 1994

    Old boys

    Rosario, Argentina
    Wednesday Mar 30, 1994

    A lifelong supporter of Newell's Old Boys, Messi joined the Rosario club when he was six years old. During the six years he played for Newell's, he scored almost 500 goals as a member of "The Machine of '87", the near-unbeatable youth side named for the year of their birth, and regularly entertained crowds by performing ball tricks during half-time of the first team's home games.




  • Barcelona, Spain
    Sep, 2000

    Catalonia

    Barcelona, Spain
    Sep, 2000

    As the Messi family had relatives in Catalonia, they sought to arrange a trial with Barcelona in September 2000. First team director Charly Rexach immediately wanted to sign him, but the board of directors hesitated; at the time it was highly unusual for European clubs to sign foreign players of such a young age.




  • Barcelona, Spain
    Thursday Feb 01, 2001

    To Barcelona

    Barcelona, Spain
    Thursday Feb 01, 2001

    In February 2001, the family relocated to Barcelona, where they moved into an apartment near the club's stadium, Camp Nou.




  • Barcelona, Spain
    Feb, 2002

    Lamasia

    Barcelona, Spain
    Feb, 2002

    After a year at Barcelona's youth academy, La Masia, Messi was finally enrolled in the Royal Spanish Football Federation(RFEF) in February 2002.




  • Barcelona, Spain
    Thursday Oct 16, 2003

    First Appearance

    Barcelona, Spain
    Thursday Oct 16, 2003

    Made his first appearance against FC Porto.




  • Barcelona, Spain
    Sunday Jul 24, 2005

    First Contract

    Barcelona, Spain
    Sunday Jul 24, 2005

    On 24 June 2005, his 18th birthday, Messi signed his first contract as a senior team player. It made him a Barcelona player until 2010, two years less than his previous contract, but his buyout clause increased to €150 million.


  • Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France
    Wednesday May 17, 2006

    Champions League 2006

    Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France
    Wednesday May 17, 2006

    First Champions League Leo Messi achieved.


  • Beijing, China
    Saturday Aug 23, 2008

    Football at the 2008 Summer Olympics

    Beijing, China
    Saturday Aug 23, 2008

    Football at the 2008 Summer Olympics was held in Beijing and several other cities in the People's Republic of China from 6 to 23 August. Associations affiliated with FIFA were invited to send their full women's national teams and men's U-23 teams to participate. Men's teams were allowed to augment their squad with three players over the age of 23. Argentina won the tournament.


  • Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy
    Wednesday May 27, 2009

    2009 UEFA Champions League

    Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy
    Wednesday May 27, 2009

    The 2009 UEFA Champions League Final was played on 27 May 2009 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy. The match determined the winners of the 2008–09 season of the UEFA Champions League, a tournament for the top football clubs in Europe. The match was won by Barcelona of Spain, who beat England's Manchester United 2–0. Samuel Eto'o opened the scoring in the 10th minute, and Lionel Messi added another goal 20 minutes from the end to earn Barcelona a historic treble of La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League, a feat never before achieved by a Spanish club.


  • Paris, France
    Tuesday Dec 01, 2009

    First Ballon d'Or awarded

    Paris, France
    Tuesday Dec 01, 2009

    First Ballon d'Or awarded.


  • Zürich, Switzerland
    Monday Jan 10, 2011

    2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or

    Zürich, Switzerland
    Monday Jan 10, 2011

    La Masia, the FC Barcelona academy, achieved a record-breaking honor in becoming the first youth academy ever to have all three finalists for the Ballon d'Or in one same year, with Lionel Messi, Andrés Iniesta and Xavi. Messi won the award, his second consecutive Ballon d'Or victory.


  • London, England, United Kingdom
    Saturday May 28, 2011

    2011 UEFA Champions League

    London, England, United Kingdom
    Saturday May 28, 2011

    The 2011 UEFA Champions League Final was a football match played on 28 May 2011 at Wembley Stadium in London that decided the winner of the 2010–11 season of the UEFA Champions League. The winners received the European Champion Clubs' Cup (the European Cup). 2011 final was the culmination of the 56th season of the tournament, and the 19th in the Champions League era. The final was contested by Barcelona of Spain and Manchester United of England, the same teams which contested 2009 final held in Rome which Barcelona won 2–0.


  • Zürich, Switzerland
    Monday Jan 09, 2012

    2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or

    Zürich, Switzerland
    Monday Jan 09, 2012

    The 2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala was the second year for FIFA's awards for the top football players and coaches of the year. The awards were given out in Zürich on 9 January 2012, with Lionel Messi claiming the title of world player of the year for the third time in a row.


  • Zürich, Switzerland
    Monday Jan 07, 2013

    2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or

    Zürich, Switzerland
    Monday Jan 07, 2013

    The 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala was the third year for FIFA's awards for the top football players and coaches of the year. The awards were given out in Zürich on 7 January 2013., with Lionel Messi winning a record fourth consecutive Ballon d'Or.


  • Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Sunday Jul 13, 2014

    Argentina has Fallen

    Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Sunday Jul 13, 2014

    Germany beats Argentina in World Cup Final 1-0


  • Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany
    Saturday Jun 06, 2015

    Champions League 2015

    Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany
    Saturday Jun 06, 2015

    Fourth Champions league title Leo Messi achieved.


  • Santiago, Chile
    Saturday Jul 04, 2015

    Copa America 2015

    Santiago, Chile
    Saturday Jul 04, 2015

    After extra time, Chile won 4–1 on penalties


  • France
    Monday Jan 11, 2016

    Fifth Ballon d'Or

    France
    Monday Jan 11, 2016

    Fifth Ballon d'Or awarded


  • MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S.
    Sunday Jun 26, 2016

    Copa America 2016 (Centenario)

    MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S.
    Sunday Jun 26, 2016

    After extra time, Chile won 4–2 on penalties.


  • Paris, France
    Monday Dec 02, 2019

    2019 Ballon d'Or

    Paris, France
    Monday Dec 02, 2019

    The 2019 Ballon d'Or was the 64th annual ceremony of the Ballon d'Or, presented by France Football, and recognising the best footballer in the world for 2019. Lionel Messi won the award for a record sixth time in his career.


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