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Lionel Messi

Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward and captains both Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentina national team. Considered the best player in the world and regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, Messi has won a record six Ballon d'Or awards, a record six European Golden Shoes, he has spent his entire professional career with Barcelona, where he has won a club-record 34 trophies, including ten La Liga titles, four UEFA Champions League titles and six Copas del Rey. A prolific goalscorer and a creative playmaker, Messi holds the records for most goals in La Liga, a La Liga and European league season, most hat-tricks in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League, most assists in La Liga and the Copa América, he has scored over 700 senior career goals for country. Born and raised in central Argentina, Messi relocated to Spain to join Barcelona at age 13, for whom he made his competitive debut aged 17 in October 2004, he established himself as an integral player for the club within the next three years, in his first uninterrupted season in 2008–09 he helped Barcelona achieve the first treble in Spanish football.

Three successful seasons followed, with Messi winning three consecutive Ballons d'Or, including an unprecedented fourth. During the 2011–12 season, he set the La Liga and European records for most goals scored in a single season, while establishing himself as Barcelona's all-time top scorer; the following two seasons, Messi finished second for the Ballon d'Or behind Cristiano Ronaldo—his perceived career rival—before regaining his best form during the 2014–15 campaign, becoming the all-time top scorer in La Liga and leading Barcelona to a historic second treble, after which he was awarded a fifth Ballon d'Or in 2015. Messi assumed the captaincy of Barcelona in 2018, in 2019 he secured a record sixth Ballon d'Or. An Argentine international, Messi is his country's all-time leading goalscorer. At youth level, he won the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship, finishing the tournament with both the Golden Ball and Golden Shoe, an Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics, his style of play as a diminutive, left-footed dribbler drew comparisons with his compatriot Diego Maradona, who described Messi as his successor.

After his senior debut in August 2005, Messi became the youngest Argentine to play and score in a FIFA World Cup during the 2006 edition, reached the final of the 2007 Copa América, where he was named young player of the tournament. As the squad's captain from August 2011, he led Argentina to three consecutive finals: the 2014 FIFA World Cup, for which he won the Golden Ball, the 2015 and 2016 Copas América. After announcing his international retirement in 2016, he reversed his decision and led his country to qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, a third-place finish at the 2019 Copa América. One of the most famous athletes in the world, Messi has been sponsored by sportswear company Adidas since 2006 and has established himself as their leading brand endorser. According to France Football, he was the world's highest-paid footballer for five years out of six between 2009 and 2014, was ranked the world's highest-paid athlete by Forbes in 2019. Messi was among Time's 100 most influential people in the world in 2011 and 2012.

In 2020, he was awarded the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year. Lionel Andrés Messi was born on 24 June 1987 in Rosario, the third of the four children of Jorge Messi, a steel factory manager, his wife Celia Cuccittini, who worked in a magnet manufacturing workshop. On his father's side, he is of Italian and Spanish descent, the great-grandson of immigrants from the northcentral Adriatic Marche region of Italy and Catalonia, on his mother's side, he has Italian ancestry. Growing up in a tight-knit, football-loving family, "Leo" developed a passion for the sport from an early age, playing with his older brothers and Matías, his cousins and Emanuel Biancucchi, both of whom became professional footballers. At the age of four he joined local club Grandoli, where he was coached by his father, though his earliest influence as a player came from his maternal grandmother, who accompanied him to training and matches, he was affected by her death, shortly before his eleventh birthday. A lifelong supporter of Newell's Old Boys, Messi joined the Rosario club.

During the six years he played for Newell's, he scored 500 goals as a member of "The Machine of'87", the near-unbeatable youth side named for the year of their birth, entertained crowds by performing ball tricks during half-time of the first team's home games. However, his future as a professional player was threatened when, at age 10, he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency; as his father's health insurance covered only two years of growth hormone treatment, which cost at least $1,000 per month, Newell's agreed to contribute, but reneged on their promise. He was scouted by Buenos Aires club River Plate, whose playmaker, Pablo Aimar, he idolised, but they were unable to pay for his treatment due to the country's economic collapse, his goalscoring idol growing up was Ronaldo, with Messi calling him "the best forward I've seen". As the Messi family had relatives in Catalonia, they sought to arrange a trial with Barcelona in September 2000. First team director Charly Rexach wanted to sign him, but the board of directors hesitated.

Jessica Collins

Jessica Collins is an American actress. She is best known for portraying Dinah Lee Mayberry on the ABC soap opera Loving and Avery Bailey Clark on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless, she starred as Meredith Davies on Fox's Tru Calling, appeared in recurring and guest roles in many other shows. Collins was born in New York, she attended Amsterdam High School in New York. In 1988, she won the title Miss New York Teen USA and was the first runner-up for the Miss Teen USA Pageant in that same year. Collins attended London's Royal National Theatre Studio and the Howard Fine Acting Studio in Los Angeles. Collins starred in ABC daytime soap opera Loving as Dinah Lee Mayberry from 1991 to 1994. After leaving daytime, Collins appeared in the films Leprechaun 4: In Space, Best of the Best: Without Warning, Beautiful, guest-starred in primetime shows such as Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Star Trek: Voyager, Beverly Hills 90210, Dawson's Creek. Collins played Meredith Davies on the Fox Network's Tru Calling from 2003 to 2004.

She had a major recurring role in the NBC period drama, American Dreams, appeared in the short-lived series Unscripted and Scoundrels. She starred in the short-lived ABC comedy-drama Big Shots from 2007 to 2008. In film, Collins played roles in Ritual, Catch Me If You Can, Dirty Love, Live!, Open House. Her other television credits include CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Two and a Half Men, Nip/Tuck, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, NCIS. In 2011, Collins returned to soaps with a role as Avery Bailey Clark on CBS's The Young and the Restless. In 2013 and 2016, she was nominated for Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role, winning in 2016. In May 2015, Soap Opera Digest reported that Collins was leaving the show, with Avery's last appearance airing on July 21, 2015. In February 2019, it was announced that Collins joined the cast of the episode entitled "Cracker Jack" of the upcoming Netflix anthology series Dolly Parton's Heartstrings. Collins married Robert Tyler, her co-star from Loving, on November 11, 1996.

The couple divorced February 2002, citing irreconcilable differences. On May 4, 2016, she married producer Michael Cooney, she and Cooney have a daughter, born in January 2016. Jessica Collins on IMDb Jessica Collins on Facebook Jessica Collins at TV.com

Kojima Engineering

Kojima Engineering was a Japanese Formula One constructor who entered cars in the Japanese Grand Prix in 1976 and 1977. The team was founded in 1976 by Matsuhisa Kojima. Kojima had made a fortune importing bananas, was a motor-racing enthusiast, having ridden in Motocross himself in the 1960s, he began entering Formula Two cars in Japan, struck a deal with Dunlop to supply tyres for the 1976 Japanese Grand Prix. To go with these, the company constructed the KE007 chassis, brought in several staff-members from the Maki team, they helped arrange an entry for the Grand Prix at Fuji, a Cosworth DFV engine. The car was tested throughout the Autumn of 1976, with Masahiro Hasemi, a Japanese Formula 2 driver, at the wheel. Hasemi scored a huge stir at the Japanese Grand Prix, posting 4th best time in the first qualifying session. However, he crashed in the second session, the car had to be rebuilt from scratch. Hasemi started 10th, ran superbly before tyre trouble led to an eventual 11th place, he was credited with fastest lap, but this was a measurement mistake, several days the circuit issued a press release to correct the fastest lap holder of the race to Jacques Laffite.

A planned entry into the 1977 South American races didn't emerge, but the team built a new Kojima KE009 for the 1977 Japanese Grand Prix. Bridgestone this time supplied the tyres, but these were unsatisfactory, Noritake Takahara started only 19th before crashing avoiding debris. A second KE009 was entered by Heros Racing for the same race, Kazuyoshi Hoshino starting and finishing 11th. Kojima continued as an F2 entrant until the late 1980s, but did not venture again beyond domestic racing. ^ It was announced that the fastest lap at the 1976 Japanese Grand Prix was set by Masahiro Hasemi in a Kojima, but this was a measurement mistake, several days the circuit issued a press release to correct the fastest lap holder of the race to Jacques Laffite in a Ligier. This release was promptly made known in Japan, the Japan Automobile Federation and Japanese media corrected the record, but this correction was not made well known outside Japan, Kojima is credited with one fastest lap in many record books.

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