Lionel Messi was bornon 24 June 1987 in Rosario, Argentina, Argentina. Lionel Messi is #14 in List Highest-Paid Celebrities In The World. Messi scored a La Liga-high 53 goals and assisted on 16 more in 52 club appearances this past season and is due for an extension with Barcelona. The Argentine forward notably rejected a first offer but the one-club man has insisted he wants to remain at Camp Nou. In December he renewed a lifelong deal with Adidas. The German sportswear giant is responsible for half of Messi's $27 million in endorsement income. It became a bigger piece of the pie when EA Sports let a five-year contract with the global soccer icon lapse, despite featuring him on the cover four times of its worldwide FIFA game.