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Lionel Andrés "Leo" Messi (born 24 June 1987 in Rosario, Argentina) is an Argentine footballer who plays for FC Barcelona and captains the Argentina national team, mainly as a striker.

He is regarded as one of the best football players of his generation, Messi received several Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations by the age of 21, and won in 2009 and 2010. His playing style and ability have drawn comparisons to Diego Maradona, who himself declared Messi as his "successor".

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