Such is his fame that there is a good chance that most of the people of the country that deem it fit to call football 'soccer', use hands in their version of football and elect Donald Trump as their president would know who he is.
A judge has now accepted that proposition put forward by prosecutors by making what should be the final decision in a case which has been ongoing for a number of years.
Messi enjoyed yet another impressive season with Barcelona as he finished as the club's leading scorer with 54 goals in 52 games across all competitions - ending the campaign with a Copa Del Rey winner's medal. If the new £500,000 figure is accurate, then, he is now way back out in front. I told him we had to talk about the future.
Formal signing of the contract is expected to take place after the Argentina international, currently on honeymoon after his wedding to Antonella Roccuzzo, has returned for pre-season training.
Messi's father Jorge, whose original sentence was reduced to 15 months upon appeal, has also seen his punishment exchanged for a fine of around €180,000.
The 30-year-old, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since March 2010, has been involved in numerous projects in his country and overseas to help those in need.
Desilusiona falso nombramiento de la Unesco al Valle de Tehuacán
El área alberga otras especies amenazadas, como el huemul, en un entorno de imponentes montañas, lagos, ríos, glaciares, hielos y nieves eternas.
With the departure of Luis Enrique from the Camp Nou, Barcelona see themselves under the guidance of former Atletico Bilbao manager Ernesto Valverde.
The contract extension comes as no surprise.
Forbes ranked Messi second among athletes on their list of the 100 highest-earning celebrities of 2016, putting his income for the year at $81.5m (£67m), and eighth overall.
Ask anyone who Lionel Messi is and they will instantly tell you that he is a football player with a left foot so brilliant that it could be donated by the footballer for research purposes.
So what's the reason behind the limelight that zooms in on him?