Lionel Messi

Lionel Andrés Messi is a professional footballer, born on 24 June 1987, in Rosario, Argentina. He plays in La Liga for FC Barcelona and captains the Argentina national team, mainly as a forward. Messi started playing football at the age of 8, for the Newell's Old Boys, a team in Rosario. Being smaller than most of the boys he played with, he was diagnosed with a hormone deficiency that restricted his growth. Messi's parents couldn't afford to pay for the medication. So, at the age of 13, when Messi was offered a chance to play for Barcelona, which also promised to have his medical bills covered, Messi's family moved to Spain. Short and fast with a fierce style of play, he soon was in the centre of attention.

On September 25, 2005 Messi obtained a Spanish citizenship and was finally able to make his debut in the season's Spanish First Division. In 2005 he was named the player of the tournament at under-20 World Cup, scoring six goals, including two in the final game. In the same year he played his first game for the Argentine national team (against Hungary on 17 August), and on May 1, 2005, being only 17 years, 10 months and 7 days old, he became the youngest player ever to play A La Liga game and the youngest to score a goal for FC Barcelona - against Albacete.

In 2006, Messi became the youngest Argentine to play in the FIFA World Cup and he won a runners-up medal at the Copa América tournament the following year. In 2008, in Beijing, he won his first international honour, an Olympic gold medal, with the Argentina Olympic football team. In 2009 Messi helped Barcelona win the Copa del Rey, Spain's La Liga championship, and the Champions League. In recent years Messi has become one of the game's highest paid players, earning an estimated $18 million a year. He won the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2009; the award then was renamed the FIFA Ballon d'Or award in 2010 and Messi was the first winner of the new combined award in 2010, and also in 2011. He is also the winner of the 2010–11 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award.  

He has been compared to Diego Maradona due to his playing style and small stature. Maradona himself declared Messi as his "successor". Messi has won five La Liga titles and three Champions League titles. In 2012, Messi made UEFA Champions League history by becoming the first player to score five goals in one match, in a 7–1 win against Bayer Leverkusen. With a brace in the next round against A.C. Milan, he matched José Altafini's record of 14 goals in a single UEFA Champions League season.  After a further two goals the following week against Real Zaragoza, Messi became the first player since Gerd Müller in the 1972–73 campaign to score 60 goals in a single European season.

In early 2010 Messi was named a Goodwill Ambassador by UNICEF with a focus on fighting for children's rights across the globe.


The player with most played games

Iker Casillas

A new record for Casillas, other to tell to his future children: to be the player that most games played with the spanish national team. But this time has come with a story that will surely make him laugh in the future, but yesterday was not very funny.

IkerCasillasCostaRica.jpgI speak of the "gift" that made to Costa Rica when trying to play ball instead of clearing it, leaving it very easy to them.

Good old Iker kept plaid face with his decision, but ... who is never wrong? I remember the day of the Madrid-Barcelona last year in the Champion's return, where he complained bitterly, and I think also unfairly, about the "treatment" they received, Madrid and Barcelona.

But all these are trifles compared to what he has done throughout his career. A great example of what should be a sportsman.

I'll put the video of the error, though I suppose he did not want to see, but one has to look objectively at everything you do in life, both good, and bad.

My best desires for you, Iker.

Iker Casillas

With a full name Iker Casillas Fernández, was born on May 20, 1981, and is a spanish football player who plays as goalkeeper.

Currently (2011) captain of Real Madrid C.F., is a fix player in the spanish national football selection, and is almost champion at all levels, with Real Madrid and with the national team which won the  Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup.

Iker Casillas was selected as the Best Goalkeeper of the World in 2008, 2009 and 2010, being the great rival of the italian Gianluigi Buffon.

In 2011 he was elected the second "Best Goalkeeper of the 1st Decade of the Twenty-First Century" by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (being outweighed by Gianluigi Buffon). Currently ranked third in the ranking of the "Best goalkeepers in the history" by IFFHS (being outweighed by Gianluigi Buffon and Peter Schmeichel).

But aside from all these statistics, if anything stands out above Iker many others is to be an excellent person, committed above all to the poor. Has a foundation with his name and has been seen many times around the world visiting especially children. For being this way, in 2010 received the award for most outstanding athlete of national human and sporting values "Province of Guadalajara".

Besides his good heart, Iker is also famous for ... no attention. He is not a regular at the camera, except for tributes, and likes to keep his private life in that state, private. He does not like disputes nor bad environment, and usually makes fair play.

His nickname is "the Saint" because the amount of times he has saved his teams from a defeat or a draw.

Followed by children and adults, their way of being and doing should be a role model in a society that claims to be civilized.

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