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Laporta was Barcelona’s president when the club won the Champions League in 2009, with Messi scoring both goals against Manchester United in the final. The 60-year-old was re-elected shortly after Messi’s departure and spoke to ESPN in the summer about the star’s potential return.
“For Barça he was possibly the best player, the most efficient,” he said. For me, he is only comparable to Johan Cruyff. “But it had to happen one day.” We had to make a decision based on what we inherited. The institution is run by players and coaches. “Hopefully Messi’s chapter isn’t over yet. I think it’s our responsibility to try.” ..find a moment to fix this chapter that is still open and unfinished so that it is as it should be and has a nicer ending.
Lionel Messi, full name Lionel Andrés Messi, also known as Leo Messi, (born June 24, 1 in Rosario, Argentina), is an Argentine footballer who has been named World Footballer of the Year by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) six times (2009–12, 2015 and 2019). Messi started playing football as a child and joined the youth team of Newell’s Old Boys (a Premier League football club based in Rosario) in 1995. Messi’s phenomenal skills caught the attention of prestigious clubs on both sides of the Atlantic. At the age of 13, Messi moved to Barcelona with his family and started playing for the FC Barcelona U14 team.
He scored 21 goals in 14 games for the youth team and quickly rose through the ranks until he got his 16-year-old informal debut at FC Barcelona in a friendly. In the 2004/05 season, the then 17-year-old Messi became an official player and youngest goalscorer in the Spanish league (the country’s top football division). At 1.7m tall and weighing 67kg, he was strong, well-balanced, and versatile on the field. Naturally left-footed, quick, and accurate with ball control, Messi was a great passer. Dealer and could easily plow through crowded defenses. He was granted Spanish citizenship in 2005, an honor Barcelona’s Catalan fans received with mixed feelings.
The following year, Messi and Barcelona won the Champions League title (the European club championship). Messi’s game continued to improve over the years and in 2008 he was one of the most dominant players in the world, finishing second to Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo in the 2008 FIFA World Player of the Year award.
To achieve the club’s triple (winning three major European club titles in one season): the team won the La Liga championship, the Copa del Rey (the biggest in Spain).national cup) and the Champions League title. He scored 38 goals in 51 games this season and beat Ronaldo in the FIFA World Player of the Year award by a record margin. In the 2009/10 season, Messi scored 34 goals in domestic games as Barcelona repeated as La Liga champions. He was awarded the Golden Boot for Europe’s top scorer and named World Player of the Year in 2010 (the award was renamed the FIFA Ballon d’Or that year).