Lionel Messi, Forward/Attacking Midfielder, often considered the best player in the world and rated by many in the sport as the greatest of all time, Messi is the only player in history to win five FIFA Ballon d'Or awards, four of which he won consecutively, and the first to win three European Golden Shoes. With Barcelona he has won eight La Liga titles, four UEFA Champions League titles, and four Copas del Rey, among other trophies. Both a prolific goalscorer and a creative playmaker, Messi holds the records for most goals scored in La Liga, a La Liga season (50), and a club football season in Europe, a calendar year (91), as well as those for most assists made in La Liga and the Copa América. He has scored over 500 senior career goals for club and country.
Aftera fan held up a sign saying ‘LEO, I’VE COME FROM ROSARIO [ARGENTINA] ONLY FOR YOU. WILL YOU GIVE ME YOUR JERSEY?’, Messi handed him his shirt after the match. The fan couldn’t hide his delight and excitement.
Argentina’s forward Lionel Messi laughs during a training session in Ezeiza, Buenos Aires, on March 21, 2017 ahead of their World Cup South American qualifier football matches against Chile and Venezuela.
“Of course I heard all of the comments - that I was not enthusiastic about playing for Argentina, that I did not sing the national anthem or that I was not committed to the shirt. It was painful to come to my country and for lots of people to hit out at me unfairly. When I was a kid I expected to get a call from the AFA [Argentinian Football Association]. I was asked informally if I wanted to play for Spain, but I always said that I wanted to play for my national team because I love Argentina and these are the only colours I want to wear.”