Lionel Messi is considered to be one of the greatest footballers of all time. He’s the first football player in history to win four FIFA/Ballons d'Or, all of which he won consecutively, and the first to win three European Golden Shoe awards. Since his debut at 17, Messi has won six La Ligas, two Copas del Rey, six Supercopas de España, three UEFA Champions Leagues, two UEFA Super Cups and two FIFA Club World Cups titles with FC Barcelona.

Messi came to prominence in his late teens and by the age of 21, he had received Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations. The following year, he won his first Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards. He then went onto win the inaugural FIFA Ballon d'Or in 2010, and then again in 2011 and 2012. At just 24, Messi became Barcelona's all-time top scorer in all official club competitions and in September 2014 he scored his 400th senior career goal for club and country. In November 2014, Messi became the all-time top scorer in La Liga, and the all-time leading goalscorer in the UEFA Champions League.