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Who is Lionel Messi

Updated on March 22, 2012

Who is Lionel Messi?

Lionel Messi was born on June 24 1987. The Argentine footballer who plays for La Liga team Barcelona and the Argentine national team currently playing in the 2010 World Cup. Thought to be one of the best footballers of his generation and commonly cited as the world's best present-day player, Messi has received several Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year votes by the young age of 21. His playing manner and aptitude have drawn comparisons to football legend Diego Maradona, who himself stated Messi his "successor".

Lionel Messi started playing football at a young age and his talent was swiftly acknowledged by Barcelona. He left Rosario based Newell's Old Boys's youth team in 2000 and situated with his family to Europe, as Barcelona offered management for his growth hormone deficiency. Debuting in the 2004–05 season, he smashed the La Liga record for the youngest footballer to play a league game, and was the youngest to score a league goal. More honors soon followed as Barcelona took the La Liga in Messi's debut season, and won the UEFA Champions League in 2006. Messi’s break through season was in 2006–07: achieving a hat trick in El Clásico and finishing with 14 goals in 26 league games

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

In 2006 Lionel Messi became the youngest Argentine to participate in the FIFA World Cup. In 2008, in Beijing, Messi won his first international honor, an Olympic gold medal, with the Argentina.

How to Curve a Football Like Messi

Learning how to curve a football so that it curves right into the corner of your choice takes some time to learn. This is produced by using the outer portion of your striking foot, near the laces.

Your stable or stationary foot will aim at your preferred target think of pointing your toe at the preferred position in the net. When you are kicking make sure to slice through the ball as to create the spin needed to curve. Strike the ball with the outside portion of your foot, close to the shoelaces.

This method typically creates a lot of curve, as slicing the football creates spin. It is this spin that forces the ballot curve into place. You need to hit the football with significant power to give it the needed momentum to move forward before it curves otherwise it will not curve and go straight.

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    • McConnell Group profile imageAUTHOR

      Shawn McCconnell 

      8 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

      Thank you!

    • samman profile image

      samman 

      8 years ago

      Nice article. Messi is the best player at the moment. Far better than Ronaldo or Kaka.

    • Polly C profile image

      Polly C 

      8 years ago from UK

      Wow, I will have to show this to my ten year old son - Lionel Messi is his favourite footballer. He has only just started to become interested in football and has just started going to a club - I know he would love to be able to bend a ball like Messi!

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