He's the current winner of the coveted Ballon d'Or, having won by the largest margin in the history of award with 473 points out of a possible 480. Cristiano Ronaldo received the next-highest number of points with 233.
Many feel Messi is the currently the best footballer on the planet, drawing comparisons to Argentina legend and current coach, Diego Maradona, who had hailed him as "my successor."
He also wears the No. 10 jersey (typically given to a team's best player) for both club and country. So, in that tradition, here are 10 things you should know about Lionel Messi: