Audemars Piguet ambassador Leo Messi



08 March 2012

Leo Messi broke another record and became the first player to score five goals in the Champions League. On Wednesday 7 March 2012, Leo Messi netted five goals in a single game. His first and third goals were variations of his trademark sublime chip, and his second and fifth were powerful and impressive low shots.

With these five astonishing goals, Leo Messi helped defending champion Barcelona crush Bayer Leverkusen 7-1 to advance to the quarter-finals with a 10-2 aggregate win. Leo Messi is currently the top scorer of the Champions League with 12 goals. At barely 23 years of age, Leo Messi is considered one of the greatest footballers of all time. It’s a status that no one will argue with, given the achievements he has racked up as a member of FC Barcelona – the legendary club for which the striker has played since he was a teenager. After winning all of football’s major individual titles in 2009, including the Ballon d’Or, he continued in the same manner in 2010, winning the prestigious award for the second year running. And looking at the victories with the Catalan club so far this year, all indications are that this incredible athlete’s career is not going to end any time soon.

Messi joined the world of Audemars Piguet and its 135 years of history as a brand ambassador. Understandably proud to be welcoming him, Audemars Piguet CEO Philippe Merk salutes the arrival of this exceptional personality who has successively overcome life’s various trials to reach the peak of his art:

"The man is simply fascinating – precisely because he has managed to develop the skills that have made him the accomplished sportsman we now know. These skills clearly extend beyond the technical sphere. He has had to find the necessary inner resources to turn adversity into an ally, since his early life was not exactly rosy. Difficulties have clearly forged his character and his intelligence. He has learned to transform his weaknesses into strengths, as confirmed by his multiple successes."

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