How tall is Lionel Messi?

As one of the most famous and successful footballers in the world, details about Messi’s height, family, and achievements draw public attention. Our article below will address these queries.

How tall is Lionel Messi?

Lionel Andrés Messi, born and raised in Argentina, is one of the greatest players of all time. However, few know that he stands at a modest height of 5 feet 6 inches (1.69 meters).

What is Lionel Messi’s weight?

With a height of 5 feet 6 inches (1.69 meters), Messi’s current weight is reported to be 148 pounds (67 kilograms). At certain points, Messi struggled with weight control, reaching 77kg, leading to some health issues. However, he made dietary changes, cutting down on pizza and sugary drinks, maintaining a scientific workout regimen.

Messi possesses a modest height of 5 feet 6 inches (1.69 meters).

Messi possesses a modest height of 5 feet 6 inches (1.69 meters).

Player Profile: Lionel Messi

Lionel Andrés Messi was born on June 24, 1987, in Rosario, Argentina, into a family of four siblings. The Messi family shared a deep love for football, with Lionel expressing his passion for the sport from a young age. He often played football with his siblings and relatives.

At the age of four, Messi joined the local football club, with his father taking on the role of his direct coach. He spent six years playing for Rosario before moving on to other opportunities.

By the time he turned 10, Messi faced a diagnosis of growth hormone deficiency, presenting a significant challenge due to the high treatment costs. Despite seeking support from various clubs, including his current one, none were willing to bear the substantial expenses.

Fortuitously, Messi’s family had connections in Catalonia, leading to a trial with Barcelona in September 2000. Initially skeptical due to his small stature and health concerns, the club hesitated to sign a contract. However, witnessing Messi’s exceptional skills firsthand prompted a swift change of heart, and they quickly negotiated a contract on a piece of napkin.

In his initial years in professional football in Spain, Messi didn’t play regularly, participating mainly in small friendly matches. After successfully completing growth hormone treatment at the age of 14, Messi gradually asserted his significance in the team’s lineup and became an indispensable part of Barcelona’s youth squad.

On his 18th birthday, Messi signed a professional player contract with Barcelona, initially lasting until 2010. The contract was subsequently renewed, and Messi dedicated almost his entire youth to Barcelona. His departure in the 2021 season was due to financial challenges at the club and unfavorable La Liga regulations. He then became a free agent and currently plays for Paris Saint-Germain in France. In mid-2023, Messi joined Inter Miami in the United States, under the ownership of David Beckham.

Achievements of Lionel Messi

Whether donning the jersey of his club or the national team of Argentina, Messi has consistently proven himself as an elite player. Here is a compilation of his impressive individual achievements in his career up to the present moment:

World

Worldwide Recognition:

  • FIFA Ballon d’Or/FIFA European Golden Shoe 8 times: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019, 2021, 2023
  • FIFA World Player of the Year 2009
  • The Best FIFA Men’s Players (Post-separation from Ballon d’Or) in 2019
  • FIFA World Cup Golden Ball 2014
  • FIFA World Cup Golden Assist Provider 2018
  • FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball 2 times: 2009, 2011
  • FIFA Club World Cup Silver Ball 2015
  • FIFA Club World Cup Final Best Player 2 times: 2009, 2011
  • FIFA Club World Cup Golden Boot 2011
  • South American Football Championship Best Player 2015
  • South American Football Championship Most Assists 2011, 2015, 2016
  • Copa América Best Goal 2007
  • South American Football Championship Best Young Player 2007
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup Best Player 2005
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup Golden Boot 2005
  • IFFHS International Top Goal Scorer 2 times: 2011, 2012
  • FIFA/FIFPro World XI: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • FIFPro Young Player of the Year: 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Olimpia de Plata (Best Argentine Footballer): 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Olimpia de Oro (Outstanding Argentine Sports Figure): 2011
  • FIFA World Cup Best XI: 2014, 2022
  • Copa América Best XI: 2007, 2011, 2015, 2016
  • FIFPro Young World Player of the Year: 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Golden Boy (Young European Footballer of the Year): 2005
  • IFFHS World’s Best Playmaker: 2015, 2016, 2017
  • AFA Team of All Time: 2015

Europe

  • The European Golden Shoe winner 6 times, in the years 2010, 2012, 2013, 2017, 2018, 2019.
  • UEFA Best Player in Europe Award winner 2 times, in the years 2011, 2015.
  • UEFA Best Player of the Year: 2009. UEFA Forward of the Year: 2009.
  • UEFA Team of the Year 10 times: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.
  • UEFA Champions League Forward of the Season: 2009.
  • UEFA Champions League Top Scorer 6 times, in the years 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019.
  • UEFA Champions League Assist Provider 2 times: 2012, 2015.
  • UEFA Champions League Final Best Player: 2011.
  • UEFA Goal of the Year: 2007.
  • UEFA Goal of the Season: Seasons 2014–2015, 2015–2016.

Spain

  • La Liga Best Player in the seasons 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2014-15, 2017-18.
  • La Liga Forward of the Year in the seasons 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2014-15, 2015-16.
  • La Liga Best Latin American Player 5 times, in the years 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.
  • Pichichi Trophy winner 6 times, in the years 2010, 2012, 2013, 2017, 2018, 2019.
  • Top Scorer of the Copa del Rey 5 times, in the seasons 2008–2009, 2010–2011, 2013–2014, 2015–2016, 2016–2017.
  • La Liga Player of the Month: January 2016, April 2017, April 2018, September 2018, March 2019.
  • La Liga Team of the Season for the seasons 2014–2015, 2015–2016.
  • UEFA La Liga Team of The Season for the seasons 2015–2016, 2016–2017.

France

  • Ligue 1 Champion: 2021/2022
  • Trophée des Champions Winner: 2022
  • Ligue 1 Champion: 2022/2023

Argentina

  • World U-20 Football Championship Winner: 2005
  • Summer Olympic Games Gold Medal: 2008
  • South American Football Championship Winner: 2021
  • World Cup Champion: 2022

Other Awards

  • Onze d’Or 4 times, in the years 2009, 2011, 2012, 2018.
  • Young Player of the Year (World Soccer magazine) 3 times, in the years 2006, 2007, 2008.
  • Player of the Year (World Soccer magazine) 3 times, in the years 2009, 2011, 2012.
  • Greatest XI of All Time (World Soccer magazine) in 2013.
  • ESM Team of the Year 7 times, in the years 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013.
  • Alfredo Di Stéfano Trophy (Marca) 3 times, in the years 2009, 2010, 2011.
  • Marca Legend Award in 2009.
  • Best Foreign Player in La Liga (Don Balón) 3 times, in the years 2007, 2009, 2010.
  • Bravo Award in 2007.
  • Golden Boy Award (Tuttosport) in 2005.
  • ESPY Award in 2012.
  • Player of the Year (Goal.com) 3 times, in the years 2009, 2011, 2013.
  • L’Équipe Champion of Champions in 2011.
  • El País Award 4 times, in the years 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.
  • Creu de Sant Jordi in 2019.

Read more: Top 11 Tallest Football Players in the World

Messi’s Marriage Status

Messi is married and has three sons: Thiago (born in 2012), Mateo (born in 2015), and Ciro (born in 2018). His wife is Antonella Roccuzzo, a fellow native of Rosario.

Messi and his wife first met when he was 5 years old, as she is the cousin of one of his childhood best friends. Messi quietly admired his future wife since the age of 9, and they often exchanged handwritten letters. The couple started dating in 2008 and publicly confirmed their relationship in 2009. Despite facing various challenges, Messi and his wife officially acknowledged their relationship and moved in together in 2010.

Messi and his wife decided to tie the knot in 2017 after having two children together.

Messi’s wife was born and raised in a well-off family, with her father owning a chain of local stores and supermarkets. Her mother is educated and more than just a pretty face. Nevertheless, Messi’s wife is diligent in her studies and serious about her business endeavors. Standing at just under 1.60 meters tall, she captivates with her beauty and their romantic “childhood sweethearts” love story, making her one of the most famous and admired WAGs today.

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