The Brief History of Lional Messi From Start To Now Lionel Messi, also known as Lio Messi,  (born June 24, 1987, Rosario, Argentina), is a Argentine-born football (soccer) championed by the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). Awarded the best player of the year Five times (2009–12 and 2015). Messi started playing football as a