New Delhi: Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, who won FIFA's prestigious Ballon d'Or trophy for the record fifth time, is arguably the best footballer in the world at the moment.
As the Argentine achieved another remarkable feat on Monday by beating Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Braca team-mate Neymar to become the world player of the year, here are five interesting facts you ought to know about the diminutive football.
Few hours before winning the fifth Ballon d'Or, Messi was quoted as saying by The Telegraph that: “I'd swap five Ballon d'Or trophies for one World Cup”.
Messi inherited the No. 10 Barca jersey from another great footballer Ronaldinho in the summer of 2008.
One of Lionel's nicknames is 'The Flea' due to his speed and agility.
Messi shares his birthplace with the Argentinian revolutionary Che Guevera.
Argentine's first contract with Barcelona was detailed out on a paper napkin as Barcelona sporting director Carles Rexach was so impressed with Messi's skills that he wanted to make a contract immediately.
Messi holds two passports - Argentina's and Spain's. He became a Spanish citizen in September 2005.