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Lionel Messi receives his sixth Golden Boot. This is what you should know about the Argentine star


Check out the life of soccer player Lionel "Leo" Messi, who plays for FC Barcelona and the Argentine national team and receives this Wednesday, for the sixth time, the Golden Boot.

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(CNN) - Check out the life of the soccer player Lionel “Leo” Messi, who plays for FC Barcelona and the Argentine national team and that this Wednesday receives for the sixth time the Golden Boot, when he turns 15 years of his official debut with The Spanish League team.


Date of birth: June 24, 1987

Place of birth: Rosario, Argentina

Birth name: Lionel Andrés Messi

Father: Jorge Messi, factory worker

Mother: Celia Cuccittini de Messi

Marriage: Antonela Roccuzzo (June 30, 2017 - present)

Children: Ciro, Mateo and Thiago

Other data

As a child, Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency. At age 13, he signed with the Football Club Barcelona and moved to Spain. As part of the contract, FC Barcelona agreed to pay the hormonal treatments of Messi.

He is the top scorer of all time of FC Barcelona and the Spanish League.

Winner of the Golden Ball, or footballer of the year, a record five times: with a record of four consecutive years (2009-2012) and again in 2015.

He has won the Golden Boot six times: 2009-10, 2011 -12, 2012-13, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19.

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1995-2000 - Play for the club's local team, Newell's Old Boys, in Rosario, Argentina.

2000-2003 - Sign with FC Barcelona and advance to the youth teams of Barça.

November 16, 2003 - Makes his first team debut, replacing a friendly match against FC Porto.

October 16, 2004 - Makes his official debut for FC Barcelona against Espanyol. Barça wins 1-0.

2007 - Creates the Leo Messi Foundation, working to improve access to education and medical care for children.

August 2008 - Take the Argentine soccer team to a gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Beijing.

March 11, 2010 - Messi is announced as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

2011-2012 season - Sets the historical record for the most goals scored in a single season for an important European football league, with 73 goals.

June 2013 - Prosecutors in Barcelona file charges of tax fraud against Messi and his father for the period between 2007 and 2009. The complaint alleges that Messi and his father, in order to reduce their Spanish tax bill, tried to manage the lucrative Revenue from the image of the player rights through ghost companies established abroad. Messi denies all allegations of irregularities.

June 25, 2013 - Prosecutors in Barcelona tell CNN that Messi paid 10 million euros ($ 13 million) in taxes to cover the 2010-2011 tax period, but efforts to prosecute him for alleged fiscal fraud from 2007 to 2009 are still ongoing.

August 14, 2013 - Messi and his father, Jorge Messi, make a “reparative” payment of 5 million euros (6.6 million dollars) to the Spanish authorities for allegedly committing tax fraud between 2007 and 2009.

September 27, 2013 - Messi and his father testify in a Barcelona court in a preliminary hearing on the accusations that they cheated the Spanish tax authorities for more than $ 5 million.

March 16, 2014 - Score a hat-trick (three goals during a match) to become the all-time top scorer of FC Barcelona with 371 goals, eclipsing the record set by Paulino Alcantara, who scored 369 goals.

May 2014 - Sign a new contract with FC Barcelona for a net annual amount of 20 million euros (27 million dollars).

June 2014 - A Spanish state prosecutor asks the judge to drop charges of tax fraud against Messi, but not against his father.

July 13, 2014 - Messi wins the Golden Ball Award for the best player in the World Cup tournament.

July 28, 2014 - A judge rules that the case of tax fraud against Messi and his father will continue, despite the request of the Spanish state prosecutor in June that the charges against Messi be dropped.

November 22, 2014 - Messi scores a hat-trick to become the top scorer in the Spanish league with 253 goals, beating Telmo Zarra's previous 251 goal record.

October 8, 2015 - A Spanish court rules that Messi and his father will be tried on charges of tax fraud.

May 31, 2016 - Tax fraud trial begins for Messi and his father.

June 27, 2016 - He says he will probably retire from international football after Argentina lost the Copa América final to Chile.

July 6, 2016 - A Barcelona court fines Messi with 2 million euros ($ 2.3 million) and also sentences him to 21 months in prison for tax fraud. Spanish courts officially reduce Messi's prison sentence to an additional fine of 252,000 euros ($ 287,000) in July 2017.

August 12, 2016 - Messi announces that he will play for Argentina once again, having declared in June that he would retire from international football.

July 5, 2017 - Barcelona and Messi announce an extension of the contract that will keep Messi in Barça until June 30, 2021 and, according to reports, has a value of 565,000 euros ($ 645,000) per week.

January 13, 2019 - He scores his 400th goal in the Spanish league in his 435 appearance, extending his record as the top scorer of all time in La Liga. Messi is the first player to score 400 times in any of the "big five" leagues in Europe.

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June 2019 - Ranked number 1 on the annual Forbes list of the highest paid athletes in the world, with estimated earnings of $ 127 million.

August 2, 2019 - Messi is prohibited from participating in any competition for three months and the CONMEBOL Disciplinary Court will fine him with $ 50,000. The punishment comes after Messi accused the governing body of South American football of corruption, suggesting that the 2019 Copa América was manipulated in favor of the Brazil hosts.

September 23, 2019 - Win the FIFA Best Award for the most outstanding footballer of the last year in the world.

October 16, 2019 - Win the Golden Boot for the sixth time.

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Source: cnnespanol

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