- Lionel Messi has on Thursday, April 26, won a trademark court case
- He was taken to court by Spanish bicycle clothing brand Massi
- The Barcelona star is now free to market his name on sports goods
Barcelona star Lionel Messi is now free to to market his name on sports goods after winning a European Union court battle to register his surname as a trademark.
The court according to Sky Sports ruled on Thursday, April 26, that Lionel Messi is famous enough to have his name on sports good without intimidation.
Spanish bicycle clothing brand Massi were said to have taken the Barcelona legend to court, but their prayers have now been dismissed.
"Mr Messi is, in fact, a well-known public figure who can be seen on television and who is regularly discussed on television or on the radio," the court said.
Lionel Messi last month scored his 600th professional goal and he is the all-time highest scorer for both Barcelona and Argentina.
Already this season, Lionel Messi and his Barcelona teammates have won the Copa del Rey, and they are on the verge of winning the Spanish La Liga title.
Born and raised in central Argentina, Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency as a child, and at age 13, he relocated to Spain to join Barcelona who agreed to pay for his medical treatment.
After a fast progression through Barcelona's youth academy, Messi made his competitive debut for Barcelona aged 17 in October 2004.
He has won all the trophies any player can dream of at club-side level, but the 30-year-old has never won the FIFA World Cup title.
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