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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 Dec 14, 2000

    Contract on a paper napkin

    Barcelona, Spain
    Thursday Dec 14, 2000

    On 14 December, an ultimatum was issued for Barcelona to prove their commitment, and Rexach, with no other paper at hand, offered a contract on a paper napkin.




  • Barcelona, Spain
    Thursday Feb 1, 2001

    To Barcelona

    Barcelona, Spain
    Thursday Feb 1, 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.




  • Spain
    2003

    Messi wants Argentina

    Spain
    2003

    Selectors for Spain's Under-17 squad began pursuing him in 2003 after Barcelona's director of football, Carles Rexach, alerted the Royal Spanish Football Federation to their young player. Messi declined the offer, having aspired to represent La Albiceleste since childhood.


  • Porto, Portugal
    Sunday Nov 16, 2003

    First Appearance

    Porto, Portugal
    Sunday Nov 16, 2003

    Made his first appearance against FC Porto.


  • Barcelona, Spain
    Saturday Nov 29, 2003

    Messi joined Barcelona C

    Barcelona, Spain
    Saturday Nov 29, 2003

    Messi joined Barcelona C in addition to the Juveniles A, playing his first game for the third team on 29 November.


  • Barcelona, Spain
    Wednesday Feb 4, 2004

    Barcelona B

    Barcelona, Spain
    Wednesday Feb 4, 2004

    Messi made his debut for Barcelona B in the Segunda División B.


  • Barcelona, Spain
    Saturday Oct 16, 2004

    Messi made his league debut

    Barcelona, Spain
    Saturday Oct 16, 2004

    Messi made his league debut on 16 October, against Espanyol, coming on in the 82nd minute.


  • Barcelona, Spain
    Sunday May 1, 2005

    1st Goal

    Barcelona, Spain
    Sunday May 1, 2005

    Messi scored his first senior goal on 1 May 2005, against Albacete, from an assist by Ronaldinho, becoming – at that time – the youngest-ever scorer for the club.


  • Spain
    Thursday May 26, 2005

    Spanish Citizenship

    Spain
    Thursday May 26, 2005

    Due to issues regarding his legal status in the Royal Spanish Football Federation, Messi missed the start of La Liga, but on 26 September, he acquired Spanish citizenship and became eligible to play.


  • Barcelona, Spain
    Friday Jun 24, 2005

    First Contract

    Barcelona, Spain
    Friday Jun 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.


  • Budapest, Hungary
    Wednesday Aug 17, 2005

    International Team debut

    Budapest, Hungary
    Wednesday Aug 17, 2005

    On 17 August 2005, Messi had made his debut with Argentina against Hungary.


  • Madrid, Spain
    Saturday Nov 19, 2005

    First Clásico

    Madrid, Spain
    Saturday Nov 19, 2005

    Messi was in the starting line-up in major matches like his first Clásico against rivals Real Madrid on 19 November. The match ended with a result "3:0" for Barcelona.


  • 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 with FC Barcelona against Arsenal with "2:1".


  • Germany
    Saturday Jun 10, 2006

    2006 World Cup

    Germany
    Saturday Jun 10, 2006

    Messi had joined the first team in the 2006 World Cup in Germany.


  • Barcelona, Spain
    Saturday Mar 10, 2007

    Hat-trick in Clásico

    Barcelona, Spain
    Saturday Mar 10, 2007

    On 10 March 2007, Messi scored his first hat-trick in a Clásico, the first player to do so in 12 years, equalizing after each goal by Real Madrid to end the match in a 3–3 draw in injury time.


  • Barcelona, Spain
    Thursday Apr 19, 2007

    A Maradona Goal

    Barcelona, Spain
    Thursday Apr 19, 2007

    During a Copa del Rey semi-final against Getafe on 18 April, he scored a goal remarkably similar to Maradona's goal in the quarter-finals of the 1986 FIFA World Cup, known as the Goal of the Century. Messi collected the ball on the right side near the halfway line, ran 60 metres (66 yd), and beat five defenders before scoring with an angled finish, just as Maradona had done.


  • Maracaibo, Venezuela
    Sunday Jul 15, 2007

    Losing 2007 Copa América final

    Maracaibo, Venezuela
    Sunday Jul 15, 2007

    In a surprise defeat, Argentina lost the 2007 Copa América final 3–0 to a Brazil squad that lacked several of the nation's best players.


  • Barcelona, Spain
    Tuesday Jul 1, 2008

    New Coach, New Position

    Barcelona, Spain
    Tuesday Jul 1, 2008

    During his first season under Barcelona's new manager, former captain Pep Guardiola, Messi played mainly on the right-wing, like he had under Rijkaard, though this time as a false winger with the freedom to cut inside and roam the center.


  • Barcelona, Spain
    Jul, 2008

    No. 10

    Barcelona, Spain
    Jul, 2008

    After two unsuccessful seasons, Barcelona were in need of an overhaul, leading to the departure of Rijkaard and Ronaldinho. Upon the latter's departure, Messi was given the number 10 shirt. He signed a new contract in July 2008 on an annual salary of €7.8 million, becoming the club's highest-paid player.


  • 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.


  • Barcelona, Spain
    2008

    Runner-up for the Ballon d'Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year award

    Barcelona, Spain
    2008

    Despite his injuries early in the year, Messi's performances in 2008 saw him again voted runner-up for the Ballon d'Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year award, both times behind Cristiano Ronaldo.


  • Argentina
    Saturday Mar 28, 2009

    Argentina's number 10

    Argentina
    Saturday Mar 28, 2009

    During that game, played on 28 March 2009 vs Venezuela, Messi wore Argentina's number 10 shirt for the first time, following the international retirement of Riquelme.


  • Madrid, Spain
    Saturday May 2, 2009

    Team's greatest-ever score at Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabéu Stadium

    Madrid, Spain
    Saturday May 2, 2009

    During the Clásico on 2 May 2009, however, he played for the first time as a false nine, positioned as a center-forward but dropping deep into midfield to link up with Xavi and Andrés Iniesta. He assisted his side's first goal and scored twice to end the match in an emphatic 6–2 victory, the team's greatest-ever score at Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.


  • 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.


  • Paris, France
    Tuesday Dec 1, 2009

    First Ballon d'Or awarded

    Paris, France
    Tuesday Dec 1, 2009

    First Ballon d'Or awarded.


  • U.A.E.
    Saturday Dec 19, 2009

    The Historical Six

    U.A.E.
    Saturday Dec 19, 2009

    After victories in the Supercopa de España and UEFA Super Cup in August, Barcelona won the FIFA Club World Cup against Estudiantes de La Plata on 19 December, with Messi scoring the winning 2–1 goal with his chest. Achieving six trophies this season.


  • Kongresshaus Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
    Monday Dec 21, 2009

    World Player of the Year of 2009

    Kongresshaus Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
    Monday Dec 21, 2009

    Lionel Messi was announced as the World Player of the Year with a record points total.


  • Cape Town, South Africa
    Saturday Jul 3, 2010

    Eliminated against Germany

    Cape Town, South Africa
    Saturday Jul 3, 2010

    Argentina was eliminated in the quarter-final against Germany, at the same stage of the tournament and by the same opponent as four years earlier. Their 4–0 loss was their worst margin of defeat at a World Cup since 1974.


  • Barcelona, Spain
    Monday Nov 29, 2010

    "5-0" Clásico

    Barcelona, Spain
    Monday Nov 29, 2010

    Assuming a playmaking role, Messi was again instrumental in a Clásico on 29 November 2010, the first with José Mourinho in charge of Real Madrid, as Barcelona defeated their rivals 5–0.


  • 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.


  • Madrid, Spain
    Wednesday Apr 27, 2011

    Champions league Clásico

    Madrid, Spain
    Wednesday Apr 27, 2011

    Messi scored both goals in his side's 2–0 win in the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals in Madrid, the second of which – a slaloming dribble past three Real players – was acclaimed as one of the best ever in the competition. Although he did not score, he was again important in the second-leg draw that sent Barcelona through to the Champions League final.


  • 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 final was contested by Barcelona of Spain and Manchester United of England, the same teams which contested the 2009 final held in Rome which Barcelona won 2–0.


  • Zürich, Switzerland
    Monday Jan 9, 2012

    2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or

    Zürich, Switzerland
    Monday Jan 9, 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.


  • Barcelona, Spain
    Wednesday Mar 7, 2012

    Five goals against Bayer Leverkusen

    Barcelona, Spain
    Wednesday Mar 7, 2012

    On 7 March, Messi scored five goals in a Champions League last 16-round match against Bayer Leverkusen, an unprecedented achievement in the history of the competition.


  • Barcelona, Spain
    Tuesday Mar 20, 2012

    Messi became the top goalscorer in Barcelona's history

    Barcelona, Spain
    Tuesday Mar 20, 2012

    On 20 March, Messi became the top goalscorer in Barcelona's history at 24 years old, overtaking the 57-year record of César Rodríguez's 232 goals with a hat-trick against Granada.


  • Barcelona, Spain
    Saturday May 5, 2012

    Good bye Pep

    Barcelona, Spain
    Saturday May 5, 2012

    In Barça's last home league match on 5 May, against Espanyol, Messi scored all four goals before approaching the bench to embrace Guardiola, who had announced his resignation as manager.


  • Germany
    Dec, 2012

    "With respect and admiration"

    Germany
    Dec, 2012

    A double scored on 9 December against Real Betis saw Messi break two longstanding records: he surpassed César Rodríguez's record of 190 league goals, becoming Barcelona's all-time top scorer in La Liga, and Gerd Müller's record of most goals scored in a calendar year, overtaking his 85 goals scored in 1972 for Bayern Munich and West Germany. Messi sent Müller a number 10 Barcelona shirt, signed "with respect and admiration", after breaking his 40-year record. At the close of the year, Messi had scored a record 91 goals in all competitions for Barcelona and Argentina.


  • Zürich, Switzerland
    Monday Jan 7, 2013

    2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or

    Zürich, Switzerland
    Monday Jan 7, 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.


  • Barcelona, Spain
    Wednesday May 1, 2013

    Heavy defeat

    Barcelona, Spain
    Wednesday May 1, 2013

    Messi was ineffective during the first leg against Bayern Munich and was unable to play at all during the second, as Barcelona were defeated 7–0 on aggregate by the eventual champions. The first leg was played at Aliens Arena and Bayern finished with "4:0" on 23 April 2013, while the second leg was played at Camp Nou and Bayern finished with "3:0" on 1 May 2013 as well.


  • Barcelona, Spain
    Monday Jul 22, 2013

    Coach Martino

    Barcelona, Spain
    Monday Jul 22, 2013

    On 22 July 2013, Martino was confirmed as manager of Spanish club Barcelona to replace Tito Vilanova who resigned three days earlier.


  • Madrid, Spain
    Sunday Mar 23, 2014

    All-time top scorer in El Clásico

    Madrid, Spain
    Sunday Mar 23, 2014

    Messi scored another hat-trick against Real Madrid on 23 March made him the all-time top scorer in El Clásico.


  • Barcelona, Spain
    Monday May 19, 2014

    Coach Luis Enrique

    Barcelona, Spain
    Monday May 19, 2014

    On 19 May 2014, it was announced that Luis Enrique would return to Barcelona as a manager, after he agreed to a three-year deal.


  • 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.


  • Barcelona, Spain
    Wednesday May 6, 2015

    Boss Messi

    Barcelona, Spain
    Wednesday May 6, 2015

    Messi scored twice and assisted on another in their 3–0 semi-final victory over Bayern Munich, now under the stewardship of Guardiola. His second goal, which came only three minutes after his first, saw him chip the ball over goalkeeper Manuel Neuer after his dribble past Jérôme Boateng had made the defender drop to the ground; it went viral, becoming the year's most tweeted-about sporting moment, and was named the best goal of the season by UEFA. It's interesting, that Neuer argued that he would show Messi who is the Boss.


  • Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany
    Saturday Jun 6, 2015

    Champions League 2015

    Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany
    Saturday Jun 6, 2015

    Fourth Champions league title Leo Messi achieved. It was played at the Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany, on 6 June 2015, between Italian side Juventus and Spanish side Barcelona. The match was ended for Barcelona with "3-1".


  • Santiago, Chile
    Saturday Jul 4, 2015

    Copa America 2015

    Santiago, Chile
    Saturday Jul 4, 2015

    After extra time, Chile won 4–1 on penalties


  • Madrid, Spain
    Saturday Nov 21, 2015

    Substitutional in El Clásico

    Madrid, Spain
    Saturday Nov 21, 2015

    After a knee injury, Messi returned to the pitch on 21 November, making a substitute appearance in Barcelona's 4–0 away win over rivals Real Madrid in El Clásico.


  • 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 the final 4–2 on penalties against Argentina.


  • Argentina
    Sunday Jun 26, 2016

    Don't go, Leo

    Argentina
    Sunday Jun 26, 2016

    After the match, Messi, who had missed his penalty in the shootout, announced his retirement from international football. Messi stated, "I tried my hardest. The team has ended for me, a decision made". Following his announcement, a campaign began in Argentina for Messi to change his mind about retiring. He was greeted by fans with signs like "Don't go, Leo" when the team landed in Buenos Aires. President of Argentina Mauricio Macri urged Messi not to quit, stating, "We are lucky, it is one of life's pleasures, it is a gift from God to have the best player in the world in a footballing country like ours... Lionel Messi is the greatest thing we have in Argentina and we must take care of him." Mayor of Buenos Aires Horacio Rodríguez Larreta unveiled a statue of Messi in the capital to convince him to reconsider retirement. On social networks, NoTeVayasLeo became a global trending topic and even a playlist on Spotify. The campaign also continued in the streets and avenues of the Argentine capital, with about 50,000 supporters going to the Obelisco de Buenos Aires on 2 July, using the same slogan.


  • Argentina
    Friday Aug 12, 2016

    Return from the international retirement

    Argentina
    Friday Aug 12, 2016

    Just a week after Messi announced his international retirement, Argentine newspaper La Nación reported that he was reconsidering playing for Argentina at the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in September. On 12 August, it was confirmed that Messi had reversed his decision to retire from international football, and he was included in the squad for the national team's upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifiers.


  • Quito, Ecuador
    Tuesday Oct 10, 2017

    Droopy Messi saved Selección

    Quito, Ecuador
    Tuesday Oct 10, 2017

    Argentina's place in the 2018 World Cup was in jeopardy going into their final qualifying match as they were sixth in their group, outside the five possible CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying spots, meaning they risked failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1970. On 10 October 2017, Messi led his country to World Cup qualification in scoring a hat-trick as Argentina came from behind to defeat Ecuador 3–1 away; Argentina had not defeated Ecuador in Quito since 2001.


  • Rome, Italy
    Tuesday Apr 10, 2018

    Sad night at Rome

    Rome, Italy
    Tuesday Apr 10, 2018

    Barca had a sad night losing 3–0 to Roma. Goals from Džeko, De Rossi, and Manolas allowed the Italians to turn around a three-goal deficit and qualify for the semi-finals on the away goals rule.


  • Barcelona, Spain
    May, 2018

    Captain Messi

    Barcelona, Spain
    May, 2018

    With the departure of former captain Andrés Iniesta in May 2018, Messi was named the team's new captain for the following season.


  • Kazan, Russia
    Saturday Jun 30, 2018

    Eliminated against France

    Kazan, Russia
    Saturday Jun 30, 2018

    Following on from their poor qualification campaign, salvaged by Messi, expectations were not high going into the 2018 World Cup. In the round of 16 match against eventual champions France on 30 June, Messi set up Gabriel Mercado's and Sergio Agüero's goals in a 4–3 defeat, which saw Argentina eliminated from the World Cup.


  • Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
    Tuesday May 7, 2019

    Suffer in Anfield

    Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
    Tuesday May 7, 2019

    Barcelona suffered a 4–0 away defeat, which saw Liverpool advance to the final 4–3 on aggregate, leaving the UEFA Champions League. Six days before, Messi scored twice in a 3–0 home win over Liverpool in the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals; his second goal of the match, a 35-yard free-kick, was the 600th senior club goal of his career, all of which had been scored with Barcelona.


  • Argentina
    Tuesday May 21, 2019

    2019 Copa América

    Argentina
    Tuesday May 21, 2019

    On 21 May 2019, Messi was included in the final 23-man Argentina squad for the 2019 Copa América.


  • Brazil
    Tuesday Jul 2, 2019

    2019 Copa América semi-final

    Brazil
    Tuesday Jul 2, 2019

    Following Argentina's 2–0 defeat to hosts Brazil in the semi-finals on 2 July, Messi was critical of the refereeing during the match.


  • Paris, France
    Monday Dec 2, 2019

    2019 Ballon d'Or

    Paris, France
    Monday Dec 2, 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.


  • Lisbon, Portogal
    Saturday Aug 15, 2020

    Estádio da Luz earthquake

    Lisbon, Portogal
    Saturday Aug 15, 2020

    Messi suffered his worst defeat as a player as Bayern Munich beat Barcelona 8–2 in a one-off tie in Lisbon, leading to another disappointing exit from the Champions League.


  • Barcelona, Spain
    Tuesday Aug 25, 2020

    Desire to Leave

    Barcelona, Spain
    Tuesday Aug 25, 2020

    Following growing dissatisfaction with the direction of Barcelona on and off the field, Barcelona announced that Messi sent the club "a document expressing his desire to leave" on 25 August 2020.


  • Barcelona, Spain
    Wednesday Aug 26, 2020

    "build a team around the most important player in the world"

    Barcelona, Spain
    Wednesday Aug 26, 2020

    On August 26, Barcelona's sporting director Ramon Planes iterated the club's desire to "build a team around the most important player in the world" and affirmed Messi will only be able to leave should a buyer pay his €700 million buyout clause; a reported early termination option available in Messi's contract (which would have allowed him to leave the club for free) could only be exercised if he had communicated his decision to Barcelona by 31 May 2020, although the player's representatives argued the deadline should be set to 31 August, due to the adjourned 2019–20 season. On 30 August, La Liga issued a statement stating Messi's contract and buyout clause are still active.


  • Barcelona, Spain
    Friday Sep 4, 2020

    Would never go to court against Home

    Barcelona, Spain
    Friday Sep 4, 2020

    Later that evening, Messi announced in an interview with Goal that he would continue in Barcelona for the final year of his contract. In the interview, Messi claimed to have informed Barcelona of his desire to leave multiple times, and club president Josep Bartomeu said Messi could decide at the end of every season if he could stay or leave, only for Bartomeu to refer to the release clause. This left Messi with two options: to stay or go to court against the club, with the player saying "I would never go to court against the club of my life".


  • Argentina
    Friday Sep 18, 2020

    Messi was called up to the Argentina squad

    Argentina
    Friday Sep 18, 2020

    On 18 September, Messi was called up to the Argentina squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Bolivia in October.


  • Barcelona, Spain
    Sep, 2020

    No Surprise

    Barcelona, Spain
    Sep, 2020

    Two days prior to the opening game, he again criticized the club, this time for the manner of Luis Suárez's departure, stating, "at this stage nothing surprises me anymore".


  • Barcelona, Spain
    Tuesday Oct 27, 2020

    Bartomeu out

    Barcelona, Spain
    Tuesday Oct 27, 2020

    Under increasing pressure from supporters, Barcelona President Jose Maria Bartomeu has resigned.


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