Lionel Messi is widely regarded as one of the greatest soccer players of all time. A prolific goalscorer and a creative playmaker, Messi has held numerous records for most goals in La Liga, most hat-tricks in the UEFA Champions League, and most assists in La Liga and the Copa América. He has scored over 700 senior career goals for club and country.
According to France Football, Messi was the world's highest-paid footballer for five years out of six between 2009 and 2014. He was among Time's 100 most influential people in the world in 2011 and 2012. One of the most famous athletes in the world, Messi was ranked the world's highest-paid athlete by Forbes in 2019.