The soccer player Lionel Messi plays his club soccer for FC Barcelona and internationally for the Argentina national soccer team. He is widely regarded by many experts to be the best player in the world over the past decade.
Born in Rosario, Argentina, Lionel Messi moved to the city of Barcelona at an early age so that he could begin treatment for a growth hormone deficiency. He joined the team while still a teenager and went on to break many scoring records. Messi, with the help of his team, won the FIFA U-20 World Cup for his country in 2005 and also the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Between 2009 and 2012, Messi won four consecutive FIFA Ballon d'Or awards which underlined his status as the world's greatest soccer player.