Lionel Messi was one step closer to winning his first FIFA World Cup title after Argentina defeated the Netherlands in the quarterfinals with a penalty shootout victory, but he might face a ban.
The Netherlands failed to qualify for the semi-finals because of a loss in a penalty shootout. The match was a roller coaster ride for both teams.
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The quarter-final also witnessed many verbal spats from both ends and many players even indulged in fights. The severity of the fights was such that the match recorded 18 yellow cards.
Disciplinary actions can be taken against Messi which might lead him to miss the semi-final match against Croatia.
Who is Lionel Messi?
Lionel Andres Messi, commonly known as Leo Messi is an Argentine footballer who plays for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and for the Argentina national team.
He was born on June 24, 1987, in Rosario, Argentina. He has three siblings with him being the third child.
Messi made his first team debut in 2003 at the age of 16. Until 2021, he spent his professional career with the Barcelona club where he won a club record 35 trophies. Apart from that, he with 95 goals holds a record for most international goals by a South American male. He also has the most goals for a single club by a player, 672 goals. In 2020, he was also named to the Ballon d’Or Dream Team.
Although he is considered one the greatest players in the history of football and has scored a total of 10 goals in the five editions of FIFA, he has never won a FIFA World Cup.
He got married to his childhood love, an Argentine model, Antonela Roccuzzo on June 30, 2017. He has three children.
His net worth is estimated to be $620 million with his annual salary at Paris Saint Germain being $35 million.
Messi is one of the most famous personalities in the world of sports and is considered a fantastic goal scorer