Today on 1987 the soccer great and Barca fan favorite Lionel Messi was born in Rosario, Argentine.
The number 10 forward has called the FC Barcelona franchise his home for decades, starting at their youth academy for promising talent and he didn’t disappoint. Messi made his competitive debut at age seventeen and has been collecting trophies, titles and accolades ever since.
Messi is considered one of the best players in the world and some would argue one of the greatest players to play the sport ever. He has won 29 trophies with the Barca team and won four European Golden Shoes. And he has won the highest award given to players, the Ballon d’Or, a record five times. Messi also plays for the Argentine national team where he is the all-time goal scorer.
The soccer great is well compensated on and off the field. Messi enjoys a $21.5 million annual contract with Barca that might be upped to $30 million and multiple endorsement deals with premium brands like Pepsi, Dolce & Gabbana and Adidas. His Adidas contract is worth $50 million.
The low-key Messi took to Instagram today showing him celebrating his special day with his fiance Antonella Rocuzzo and his son Thiago at home.
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