When he was four years old, he joined the local club called Grandoli, where he was trained by his father.
Despite some financial and health setbacks, he was officially signed by FC Barcelona and started playing with the youth team in 2002.
Despite scoring the equaliser, with his 26th strike of the season, the defending La Liga champions slipped to their third league defeat of the season and now sit second - three points behind arch rivals Real Madrid.
An Argentine model Xoana Gonzalez shared something about his brief meeting with Lionel Messi at a Peruvian TV.
He has three siblings, and they all are of Italian and Spanish descent.
He was fascinated with football from a very young age and used to play with his brothers and cousins all the time; that’s how he developed a liking for the sport.
Despite being injury-prone during his early career, he established himself as an integral player for the club within the next three years, finishing 2007 as a finalist for both the Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year award, a feat he repeated the following year.
His first uninterrupted campaign came in the 2008–09 season, during which he helped Barcelona achieve the first treble in Spanish football.
That’s right, the famous soccer player never got married.
Messi's father Jorge was given the same sentence and ordered to pay a fine of 1.5 million euros.
Lionel Messi may not come across as an individual particularly prone to anger, but according to a report in Mundo Deportivo on Friday, the Argentine is “angry” and has “set out to take revenge” on PSG ahead of the second leg of Barcelona’s Champions League last-16 clash with the Ligue 1 giants.
"There's no bigger occasion in football than when Brazil takes on Argentina, and it's coming to Melbourne," said Victoria's state tourism minister, John Eren.
"The match is set to feature current FIFA World Player of the Year, Lionel Messi, and Brazilian star Neymar Jr," a state government statement added.