Lionel Messi factfile

12 June 2013 06:18

Factfile on Lionel Messi, who was on Wednesday accused by Spanish financial crimes prosecutors, along with his father, of tax fraud worth more than four million euros ($5 million):

Full name: Lionel Andres Messi

Nationality: Argentinian

Birthdate: June 24, 1987 - age 25

Birthplace: Rosario, Argentina

Height: 1.69m (5ft 7in)

Club: Barcelona (ESP)

Major honours: Three Champions Leagues, six league titles in Spain, two Spanish Cups, two Super Cups, two Club World Cups, Olympic gold (2008), World Under-20 (2005)

Personal honours: Four Ballon D'Or awards (2009-12), La Liga leading scorer 2009-2010 (34 goals), 2011-2012 (50 goals) and 2012-13 (46 goals)

Four times Champions League leading scorer (2008-2009: 9 goals; 2009-2010: 8 goals; 2010-2011: 12 goals, 2011-2012: 14 goals)

Record for goals in one Champions League campaign (14 in 2011-2012)

"Record" for goals scored in a calendar year: 91 (2012) - though it hasn't been ratified by FIFA owing to unreliable statistics for other players in previous eras.

2008 Olympic player of the tournament

Best player of World Under-20 tournament (2005)

Leading scorer World Under-20 tournament (2005), 6 goals

International caps: 81 (32 goals)

Source: AFP