Messi's football career began at age five with local Argentine club Grandoli where he was coached by his father. After moving to Newell's Old Boys who were based in his home city Rosario, he became part of a local youth team that lost only one match in the next four years and became locally known as "The Machine of '87" which garnered interest from larger clubs, including local powerhouse River Plate. Messi and his father were able to arrange a trial for him with Catalan team FC Barcelona and he signed with the team on a paper napkin.
With Barcelona, Messi has won six La Liga Titles, two Copas del Rey, six Supercopas de España, three UEFA Champions Leagues, two UEFA Super Cups and two FIFA Club World Cup. In leading the club's back to success, he has teamed up with other superstars such as David Villa, Xavi, Toure, Luis Suarez, Andrés Iniesta, Ronaldinho, and Samuel Eto'o.
Due in no small part to his proficiency on the football pitch, Lionel Messi's net worth is $180 million with an annual salary of $44.68 million, affording him this residence in the Spanish coastal city of Castelldefels, close to Barcelona.