Lionel Andres Messi currently plays for FC Barcelona and is the captain of the Argentina national team. Lionel has been named as the successor to the Maradona by Diego Maradona himself. Messi had started playing football at a very young age, and his potential was realized by Barcelona. Barcelona FC was able to convince him to play for them when they would cover his medical bills, and in his debut year, Messi became the youngest player for Barcelona FC to score a league goal. Messi has shown his potential all ready after setting a bunch of records, and was the top scorer in the 2005 Fifa World Youth Championship, and went on to become the youngest player to play in the FIFA world cup.