Sometimes it seems the world of football is divided into two parts, the Messi fans, and non-Messi fans. And why not! When it comes to modern-day football, Messi is the king.
Messi, the left foot striker, was a prodigy since he started his career in football. Initially, he struggled with his health but the champion didn’t break so easily. Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency as a child. At the age of 13, he relocated to Spain to join Barcelona as the club agreed to pay for his medical treatment. His career started at Barcelona’s youth academy and he made his competitive debut at age 17 in October 2004. Since then, he has been with the club for 4,788 days.
He recently signed the new contract with FC Barcelona for the next season. Overall, Messi has made 726 appearances, scored 584 goals and won 5 Ballons d’Or awards. With 534 goals for the club he is undoubtedly the leading goal scorer in the history of FC Barcelona.
The prolific goalscorer also holds the Guinness World Records title for the most official goals in a calendar year. He is one of the best footballers of all time and with his great skills, speed and consistency, he stands parallel to the greats of the game. There is no surprise that he is widely considered as the successor of the legendary Argentinean Diego Maradona.