Lionel Messi was born on the 24th of June 1987 in Rosario, Argentina. He plays forward for FC Barcelona and is the captain of the Argentine national team. He won his first Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year Award at just 22 years of age and became the all-time leading scorer for FC Barcelona by age 24. He is also the all-time leading scorer in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League. Drawing many comparisons to the great Maradona, he has scored 45 goals for the Argentine national team.