Lionel Messi

Born: June 24, 1987 (age 29)

Height: 5'6.5" (169cm)

Hometown: Rosario, Argentina
Nationality: Argentina Argentine

Position: Forward
Team: Barcelona (no. 10)
Lionel Messi for Barcelona on February 1, 2015
Career History
Youth2000-2003Barcelona
Senior2004-Barcelona
International2005-Argentina
Sports Mole has 3,390 articles about Lionel Messi. Articles 1 to 40:
Neymar of Barcelona in action during his side's Champions League clash with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on November 1, 2016
Miranda tips Brazil teammate Neymar to win Ballon d'Or
Miranda backs Barcelona and Brazil forward Neymar to end Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's domination of the Ballon d'Or by winning the award later this year.
Mar 24, 12:28
Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi vies with Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo during the Spanish league Clasico football match on October 26, 2013
Alex Ferguson: 'Real Madrid, Barcelona dominance will soon end'
Sir Alex Ferguson claims that Barcelona and Real Madrid will struggle to replace star players Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the coming years.
Mar 23, 16:19
Javier Tebas, President of Liga de Futbol Profesional during the Soccerex European Forum Conference Programme on September 10, 2014
Javier Tebas: 'Chinese Super League still has work to do'
La Liga chief Javier Tebas insists that the Chinese Super League are currently unable to convince the Spanish league's top players to move to China.
Mar 23, 15:55
Gerard Pique in action for Barcelona on October 19, 2016
Gerard Pique facing fine for refereeing comments?
Comments made by Barcelona defender Gerard Pique in January regarding referees Fernandez Borbalan and Ignacio Iglesias have reportedly landed him in hot water.
Mar 23, 10:38
Lionel Messi in action during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Real Madrid on December 3, 2016
Barcelona chief: 'Lionel Messi will definitely renew contract'
Lionel Messi is "happy in Barcelona" and will soon agree an extension to the deal that is due to run out in 2018, according to sporting director Robert Fernandez.
Mar 20, 22:38
Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona during their La Liga clash with Granada at the Camp Nou on October 29, 2016
Result: Barcelona win thriller against 10-man Valencia
Barcelona move to within two points of La Liga leaders Real Madrid courtesy of a 4-2 win over 10-man Valencia at Camp Nou.
Mar 19, 21:38
Gerard Pique in action for Barcelona on October 19, 2016
Live Commentary: Barcelona 4-2 Valencia - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live commentary of the La Liga clash between Barcelona and Valencia from Camp Nou.
Mar 19, 18:45
Lionel Messi celebrates with Luis Suarez after getting on the scoresheet for the sixth during the La Liga game between Deportivo La Coruna and Barcelona on April 20, 2016
Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez 'urinate sitting down'
Barcelona duo Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez give a bizarre interview in which they confess to urinating sitting down.
Mar 16, 14:32
Long-limbed Angel Di Maria celebrates scoring lors de la finale de la Coupe de la Ligue entre Lille et PSG le 23 Avril, 2016
Report: Barcelona in contact with Angel di Maria over summer move
Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel di Maria are in contact over a prospective Camp Nou summer switch, according to reports.
Mar 16, 11:52
A general view of the stadium prior to kickoff during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match between FC Barcelona and Manchester City at Camp Nou on March 12, 2014
Report: Paris Saint-Germain complain to UEFA about referee Deniz Aytekin
Paris Saint-Germain reportedly send a five-page letter to UEFA complaining about the refereeing of their 6-1 Champions League defeat at Barcelona last Wednesday.
Mar 14, 19:35
Boca Juniors' midfielder Juan Roman Riquelme waves while leaving the field during their Argentine First Division football match against Quilmes, at the Bombonera stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on September 29, 2013
Juan Roman Riquelme: 'Argentina normal without Lionel Messi'
Juan Roman Riquelme says that Argentina, who are currently struggling to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, are just "a normal team" without Lionel Messi.
Mar 14, 14:35
Neymar in action for Barcelona during their La Liga clash with Granada at the Camp Nou on October 29, 2016
Result: Barcelona complete remarkable turnaround against Paris Saint-Germain
Barcelona create Champions League history after overturning a 4-0 deficit to beat Paris Saint-Germain 6-5 on aggregate and book their spot in the quarter-finals.
Mar 8, 21:52
Barcelona's coach Luis Enrique shouts from the sidelines during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs SD Eibar at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on October 25, 2015
Team News: Barcelona boss Luis Enrique opts against all-out attack
Barcelona boss Luis Enrique names a familiar starting lineup for the second leg of the Champions League last-16 tie with Paris Saint-Germain.
Mar 8, 18:34
Barcelona manager Luis Enrique speaks to the media on December 5, 2016
Preview: Barcelona vs. Paris Saint-Germain
Sports Mole previews Wednesday's Champions League last-16 second leg between Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain at Camp Nou.
Mar 7, 16:05
Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona during their La Liga clash with Granada at the Camp Nou on October 29, 2016
Result: Barcelona thump Celta Vigo to return to summit
Lionel Messi scores twice as Barcelona return to the top of La Liga courtesy of a 5-0 win over Celta Vigo at Camp Nou.
Mar 4, 21:38
Gerard Pique in action for Barcelona on October 19, 2016
Team News: Gerard Pique back for Barcelona
Gerard Pique returns to the fold as Barcelona welcome Celta Vigo to Camp Nou.
Mar 4, 18:47
Barcelona's coach Luis Enrique shouts from the sidelines during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs SD Eibar at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on October 25, 2015
Live Commentary: Barcelona 5-0 Celta Vigo - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live commentary of the La Liga clash between Barcelona and Celta Vigo from Camp Nou.
Mar 4, 18:45
Luis Suarez in action for Barcelona during their La Liga clash with Granada at the Camp Nou on October 29, 2016
Result: Barcelona thump Sporting Gijon to top La Liga
Barcelona return to the top of La Liga ahead of Real Madrid after beating relegation-threatened Sporting Gijon 6-1 at Camp Nou.
Mar 1, 20:24
Javier Mascherano for Barcelona on February 11, 2015
Team News: Javier Mascherano makes return to Barcelona XI
Barcelona boss Luis Enrique hands a start to Javier Mascherano for his side's La Liga clash with Sporting Gijon.
Mar 1, 17:39
Neymar in action for Barcelona during their La Liga clash with Granada at the Camp Nou on October 29, 2016
Live Commentary: Barcelona 6-1 Sporting Gijon - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live commentary of the La Liga clash between Barcelona and Sporting Gijon from Camp Nou.
Mar 1, 17:30
Lionel Messi celebrates scoring with Neymar during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Getafe on March 12, 2016
Lionel Messi, Neymar to be denied entry to UK?
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin admits concern that Lionel Messi and Neymar could be denied entry to the UK should Barcelona reach the Champions League final.
Mar 1, 15:04
Barcelona manager Luis Enrique speaks to the media on December 5, 2016
Luis Enrique: 'Poor playing surface benefited Barcelona'
Barcelona manager Luis Enrique says that the state of the pitch benefited his side in their 2-1 win over La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid.
Feb 26, 20:28
Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona during their La Liga clash with Granada at the Camp Nou on October 29, 2016
Result: Lionel Messi rescues Barcelona to send them top of La Liga
Lionel Messi scores a late winner for the second week in a row to send Barcelona top of La Liga courtesy of a 2-1 victory over Atletico Madrid.
Feb 26, 17:09
Lionel Messi of Barcelona in action during his side's Champions League clash with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on November 1, 2016
Live Commentary: Atletico Madrid 1-2 Barcelona - as it happened
Relive Barcelona's 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid as Lionel Messi's 87th-minute winner fires his side top of La Liga on their final league visit to the Vicente Calderon.
Feb 26, 14:15
Antoine Griezmann scores Atletico Madrid's equaliser in the Champions League semi-final second leg against Bayern Munich on May 3, 2016
Roy Keane urges Manchester United to sign Antoine Griezmann
Former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane believes that the "fantastic" Antoine Griezmann would be a perfect signing for the club this summer.
Feb 23, 14:37
Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona during their La Liga clash with Granada at the Camp Nou on October 29, 2016
Result: Late Lionel Messi penalty saves lacklustre Barcelona
Lionel Messi scores a 90th-minute penalty as Barcelona record a 2-1 win over Leganes in Sunday night's La Liga clash at Camp Nou.
Feb 19, 21:46
Luis Suarez in action for Barcelona during their La Liga clash with Granada at the Camp Nou on October 29, 2016
Live Commentary: Barcelona 2-1 Leganes - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live commentary of the La Liga clash between Barcelona and Leganes at Camp Nou.
Feb 19, 18:45
Lionel Messi of Barcelona in action during his side's Champions League clash with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on November 1, 2016
Report: Manchester City boosted in bid to sign Barcelona star Lionel Messi
Manchester City will reportedly step up their interest in trying to swoop for Barcelona forward Lionel Messi.
Feb 19, 10:07
Lionel Messi in action during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Real Madrid on December 3, 2016
Javier Mascherano: 'Lionel Messi bigger than Barcelona'
Javier Mascherano controversially claims that his club and international teammate Lionel Messi is 'bigger than Barcelona'.
Feb 18, 12:02
Luka Modric celebrates scoring during the Euro 2016 Group D game between Turkey and Croatia on June 12, 2016
Slaven Bilic: 'Luka Modric my dream West Ham United signing'
West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic would love to one day sign Luka Modric from Real Madrid, despite his close links with rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Feb 16, 18:18
Antoine Griezmann celebrates scoring during the La Liga game between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid on February 27, 2016
Antoine Griezmann hails influence of manager Diego Simeone
Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Greizmann says that Diego Simeone is the key man behind his prolific scoring rate over the past three years.
Feb 15, 17:28
Barcelona manager Luis Enrique speaks to the media on December 5, 2016
Barcelona boss Luis Enrique 'had to be restrained during row with journalist'
Barcelona boss Luis Enrique is reportedly restrained by three people during an angry exchange with a journalist following the team's defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.
Feb 15, 11:34
Javier Pastore of PSG is challenged by Sergio Busquets of Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final First Leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and FC Barcelona at Parc des Princes on April 15, 2015
Preview: Paris Saint-Germain vs. Barcelona
Sports Mole previews the first leg of the Champions League last-16 clash between Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona.
Feb 13, 14:16
Gabriel Jesus in action for Manchester City on January 21, 2017
Ronaldinho: 'Gabriel Jesus can become world's best footballer'
Ronaldinho believes that Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus can succeed Lionel Messi and Neymar as the world's best player.
Feb 13, 11:01
Barcelona's coach Luis Enrique shouts from the sidelines during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs SD Eibar at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on October 25, 2015
Result: Barcelona thump Alaves to top La Liga
Spanish champions Barcelona move above Real Madrid to the top of La Liga with a thumping 6-0 win over Alaves on Saturday afternoon.
Feb 11, 17:11
Neymar of Barcelona in action during his side's Champions League clash with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on November 1, 2016
Live Commentary: Alaves 0-6 Barcelona - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live commentary of the La Liga clash between Alaves and Barcelona from the Estadio de Mendizorroza.
Feb 11, 14:15
Chelsea's Frank Lampard celebrates scoring against Fenerbahce at Stamford Bridge on April 08, 2008.
Frank Lampard "in awe" when facing Barcelona at Camp Nou
Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard says that he was "in awe" of Barcelona when the Blues faced the Catalan giants at Camp Nou.
Feb 8, 18:15
Luis Suarez in action for Barcelona during their La Liga clash with Granada at the Camp Nou on October 29, 2016
Result: Barcelona edge into Copa del Rey final for fourth consecutive season
Barcelona earn a place in the final of the Copa del Rey for a fourth consecutive season after claiming a 1-1 second-leg draw with Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou.
Feb 7, 21:56
Neymar in action for Barcelona during their La Liga clash with Granada at the Camp Nou on October 29, 2016
Team News: Suspended Neymar misses out for Barcelona
Denis Suarez replaces the suspended Neymar in the Barcelona side for the second leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final with Atletico Madrid.
Feb 7, 19:05
Luis Suarez celebrates scoring during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Real Madrid on December 3, 2016
Live Commentary: Barcelona 1-1 Atletico Madrid - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's coverage as Barcelona earn a place in the Copa del Rey final following a 1-1 second-leg semi-final draw with Atletico Madrid.
Feb 7, 19:00



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1Real Madrid27205271284365
2Barcelona28196381255663
3Sevilla28176552341857
4Atletico MadridAtletico28167552232955
5Villarreal28139639201948
6Real Sociedad28153104239348
7Athletic Bilbao28135103532344
8EibarEibar2811894439541
9Espanyol28101084039140
10AlavesAlaves28101082933-440
11Celta Vigo27115114045-538
12Las PalmasLas Palmas2898114445-135
13Real Betis2887133144-1331
14Valencia2886143851-1330
15Malaga2869133345-1227
16Deportivo La CorunaDeportivo2869133143-1227
17Leganes2868142241-1926
18Sporting GijonSporting Gijon2856173157-2621
19Granada2847172558-3319
20Osasuna2818192867-3911
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