Lionel Messi is the captain of the Argentina national team and a striker for the Argentine national team.

In addition to being named to the Ballon d'Or Dream Team in 2020, Messi has earned a record-tying seven Ballon d'Or awards

All his professional career up until 2021 was spent with Barcelona, where he won a record-breaking 35 trophies

Messi holds the single-club record for most goals scored by a player with over 785 total goals scored in his professional career for club and nation.

Messi made his professional debut for Barcelona in October 2004, at the age of 17, after moving there from central Argentina at the age of 13.

After another three great years, Messi became the first player in history to win the Ballon d'Or four times in a row.

He became Barcelona's all-time leading scorer in the 2011-12 season, while also breaking the La Liga and European single-season scoring records.

Messi has represented Argentina on numerous occasions and is the country's all-time leading goalscorer.

Since 2006, Messi has been an Adidas brand ambassador. From 2009 to 2014, he won five of the six years France Football named him the highest-paid footballer in the world.

Messi surpassed $1 billion in career earnings later that year, making him the second athlete in the history of any team sport.