Lionel Messi

Born: June 24, 1987 (age 28)

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 3,070 articles about Lionel Messi. Articles 1 to 40:
Lionel Messi during an Argentina training session on March 22, 2016
Barcelona ace Lionel Messi leaves field in "intense pain" during Argentina win
Lionel Messi is a doubt for the upcoming Copa America tournament after suffering a back injury in Argentina's friendly win over Honduras.
May 29, 10:00
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo watches on from the sidelines during his side's Champions League semi-final first leg against Manchester City on April 26, 2016
Rio Ferdinand: 'Cristiano Ronaldo not given respect he deserves'
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo should be respected in the same way that Lionel Messi is, according to his former teammate Rio Ferdinand.
May 28, 10:00
Barcelona's coach Luis Enrique celebrates after the UEFA Champions League Final football match between Juventus and FC Barcelona at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin on June 6, 2015
Result: Barcelona win 2016 Copa del Rey title
Jordi Alba and Neymar both score in extra-time as 10-man Barcelona beat nine-man Sevilla 2-0 in the 2016 Copa del Rey final at the Vicente Calderon.
May 22, 23:12
Luis Enrique looks on prior to the Champions League round-of-16 second leg between Barcelona and Arsenal on March 16, 2016
Team News: No surprises in Barcelona XI
Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique picks his strongest possible starting lineup for tonight's Copa del Rey final against Sevilla.
May 22, 19:41
Antoine Griezmann celebrates in the air after scoring the opener during the Champions League quarter-final between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona on April 13, 2016
Diego Simeone: 'Antoine Griezmann now one of top three'
Antoine Griezmann is now "among the best three players in the world", according to Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone.
May 22, 17:13
Vitolo celebrates the opener during the Europa League semi-final between Shakhtar Donetsk and Sevilla on April 28, 2016
Vitolo: 'Sevilla can stop MSN'
Sevilla attacker Vitolo insists that his team can repel the threat of Barcelona to win the 2016 Copa del Rey final on Sunday night.
May 22, 17:00
Brendan Rodgers, manager of Liverpool celebrates a goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Aston Villa at Anfield on September 26, 2015 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.
Luis Suarez: 'Brendan Rodgers made me the player I am'
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez reveals his admiration for Brendan Rodgers, who he believes "is one of the best coaches in Europe" at the moment.
May 20, 14:11
Man mountain Gerard Pique celebrates scoring during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Sevilla on February 28, 2016
Preview: Barcelona vs. Sevilla
Sports Mole previews Sunday's Copa del Rey final between Barcelona and Sevilla at the Vicente Calderon.
May 20, 00:09
God-fearing Neymar celebrates the eighth during the La Liga game between Deportivo La Coruna and Barcelona on April 20, 2016
Report: Neymar to agree six-year deal to remain at Barcelona
Neymar will put pen to paper on a new long-term contract at Barcelona that will see him triple his current £77,000-a-week wages, a report claims.
May 19, 17:38
Premier League match ball take on the first day of the 2015/16 season on August 8, 2015
Video: Sports Mole Reader Awards - Overall Player of the Season
See who you voted for as the overall Player of the Season in the 2015-16 Sports Mole Reader Awards.
May 16, 22:00
Premier League match ball take on the first day of the 2015/16 season on August 8, 2015
Video: Sports Mole Reader Awards - La Liga Player of the Season
See who you voted for as the La Liga Player of the Season in the 2015-16 Sports Mole Reader Awards.
May 16, 16:00
Luis Suarez celebrates opening the scoring with Jordi Alba during the La Liga game between Granada and Barcelona on May 14, 2016
Result: Barcelona beat Granada to win La Liga title
Barcelona beat Granada 3-0 in Andalusia to hold off the challenge of second-placed Real Madrid and secure a second successive La Liga title on week 38.
May 14, 17:49
Lionel Messi celebrates scoring the opener during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Sporting Gijon on April 23, 2016
Team News: Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez leads Barcelona attack in title decider
Barcelona boss Luis Enrique names an attacking lineup against Granada.
May 14, 15:14
Luis Suarez celebrates scoring during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Espanyol on May 8, 2016
Preview: Granada vs. Barcelona
Sports Mole previews Saturday's La Liga clash between Granada and the league leaders Barcelona.
May 13, 12:45
Munir El Haddadi of FC Barcelona in action during the pre-season friendly match between FC Barcelona and SSC Napoli on August 6, 2014
Munir El Haddadi agrees new Barcelona deal?
Young attacker Munir El Haddadi is reportedly on the verge of signing a new contract until the summer of 2021 with Barcelona.
May 10, 09:20
Lionel Messi celebrates scoring during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Espanyol on May 8, 2016
Result: Barcelona thump Espanyol to retain first spot in La Liga
Barcelona record a 5-0 win over Espanyol in Sunday's La Liga clash at Camp Nou, but the title race will enter the final weekend of the season.
May 8, 17:53
Ivan Rakitic celebrates scoring during the La Liga match between Real Betis and Barcelona at Estadio Benito Villamarin on April 30, 2016
Live Commentary: Barcelona 5-0 Espanyol - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live commentary of the La Liga clash between Barcelona and Espanyol at Camp Nou, which ended in a 5-0 home win.
May 8, 14:30
Arda Turan reacts to a missed chance during the La Liga game between Real Sociedad and Barcelona on April 9, 2016
Arda Turan: 'I will remain patient at Barcelona'
Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan vows to remain "patient" at Camp Nou after a difficult first season with the Catalan giants.
May 6, 22:47
Lucas Perez of Real Club Deportivo in action during the Teresa Herrera Trophy match between Real Sporting de Gijon and Real Club Deportivo at estadio Municipal de Riazar on August 10, 2014
Report: Barcelona considering Deportivo La Coruna's Lucas Perez
A report claims that Barcelona are considering a summer move for Deportivo La Coruna attacker Lucas Perez.
May 6, 19:53
Ayoze Perez of Newcastle United celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between A.F.C. Bournemouth and Newcastle United at Vitality Stadium on November 7, 2015 in Bournemouth, England.
Report: Newcastle United striker Ayoze Perez a shock target for Barcelona
Barcelona could reportedly try to sign Newcastle United's young striker Ayoze Perez as a potential understudy to their famous 'MSN' front three.
May 5, 09:59
Ivan Rakitic celebrates scoring during the La Liga match between Real Betis and Barcelona at Estadio Benito Villamarin on April 30, 2016
Result: Barcelona back on top of La Liga
Barcelona return to the top of the La Liga table with just two games to play following a 2-0 win at Real Betis on Saturday night.
Apr 30, 21:20
Lionel Messi celebrates scoring the opener during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Sporting Gijon on April 23, 2016
Preview: Real Betis vs. Barcelona
Sports Mole previews Saturday's La Liga clash between Real Betis and Barcelona at the Estadio Benito Villamarin.
Apr 29, 15:37
Antoine Griezmann celebrates in the air after scoring the opener during the Champions League quarter-final between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona on April 13, 2016
David Villa: 'Antoine Griezmann now one of best'
Atletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann is now on the same level as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, according to former Spain striker David Villa.
Apr 27, 20:33
Ander Herrera celebrates scoring during the Europa League game between Manchester United and FC Midtjylland on February 25, 2016
Ander Herrera wants to play alongside Barcelona's Lionel Messi
Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera says that Barcelona's Lionel Messi is the player that he would most like to play alongside.
Apr 27, 20:05
Lionel Messi celebrates scoring the opener during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Sporting Gijon on April 23, 2016
Result: Barcelona back on top of La Liga with thumping home win
Barcelona regain first position in La Liga ahead of Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid courtesy of a 6-0 win over Sporting Gijon at Camp Nou on Saturday night.
Apr 23, 21:25
Gerard Pique looks downbeat during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Valencia on April 17, 2016
Team News: Gerard Pique back for Barcelona
Gerard Pique returns from suspension as Barcelona welcome Sporting Gijon to Camp Nou.
Apr 23, 18:43
Lionel Messi celebrates scoring the opener during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Sporting Gijon on April 23, 2016
Live Commentary: Barcelona 6-0 Sporting Gijon - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live commentary of the La Liga clash between Barcelona and Sporting Gijon at Camp Nou, which ended in a 6-0 home win.
Apr 23, 18:30
Yannick Carrasco and Lionel Messi in action during the Champions League quarter-final between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid on April 5, 2016
Luis Enrique plays down Lionel Messi concerns
Barcelona boss Luis Enrique insists that Lionel Messi "is in perfect condition" to face Sporting Gijon in La Liga on Saturday night.
Apr 22, 22:55
Luis Suarez makes it tres during the La Liga game between Deportivo La Coruna and Barcelona on April 20, 2016
Luis Suarez: 'MSN is not untouchable'
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez insists that his team's front three are "not machines" after a drop in form over the last few weeks.
Apr 22, 20:40
Managers Luis Enrique and Abelardo before the La Liga match between Sporting Gijon and Barcelona on February 17, 2016
Preview: Barcelona vs. Sporting Gijon
Sports Mole previews Saturday's La Liga clash between Barcelona and Sporting Gijon at Camp Nou.
Apr 22, 12:25
Luis Suarez celebrates his second goal during the La Liga game between Deportivo La Coruna and Barcelona on April 20, 2016
Result: Barcelona put eight past Deportivo La Coruna
Barcelona return to winning ways in La Liga with a thumping 8-0 victory at Deportivo La Coruna on Wednesday night.
Apr 20, 20:48
Sidnei and Luis Suarez in action during the La Liga game between Deportivo La Coruna and Barcelona on April 20, 2016
Live Commentary: Deportivo La Coruna 0-8 Barcelona - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live commentary of the La Liga clash between Deportivo La Coruna and Barcelona at the Riazor, which ended in an 8-0 away win.
Apr 20, 18:00
Luis Enrique looks on prior to the Champions League round-of-16 second leg between Barcelona and Arsenal on March 16, 2016
Luis Enrique: 'We must pick ourselves up'
Barcelona boss Luis Enrique urges his side to pick themselves up after they slumped to a third consecutive defeat to leave one point separating the top three in La Liga.
Apr 17, 22:28
Gerard Pique looks downbeat during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Valencia on April 17, 2016
Result: Barcelona fall to third successive league defeat
Barcelona lose 2-1 at home to Valencia - their third league defeat on the spin - to see their lead at the top of La Liga completely slashed.
Apr 17, 21:22
Lionel Messi scores during the La Liga game between Rayo Vallecano and Barcelona on March 3, 2016
Lionel Messi scores 500th career goal
Lionel Messi scores his 500th career goal during Barcelona's La Liga clash with Valencia.
Apr 17, 20:54
Dani Alves for Barcelona on February 1, 2015
Team News: Dani Alves misses out for Barcelona
Dani Alves drops out of the Barcelona starting XI for their La Liga clash with Valencia at Camp Nou.
Apr 17, 18:37
Luis Suarez and Neymar are unhappy at not winning during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Sevilla on February 28, 2016
Live Commentary: Barcelona 1-2 Valencia - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live text coverage of Barcelona's 2-1 defeat to Valencia, as the Catalan club's recent woes deepened on home soil.
Apr 17, 18:30
Laurent Blanc head coach of PSG looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Real Madrid CF and Paris Saint-Germain at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on November 3, 2015
Report: Paris Saint-Germain closing in on Giovani Lo Celso deal
Paris Saint-Germain are confident of completing a deal for in-demand Rosario Central midfielder Giovani Lo Celso, according to a report.
Apr 15, 21:05
Bayern Munich's Spanish head coach Pep Guardiola watch proceedings during the German Cup DFB Pokal second round football match between VfL Wolfsburg vs FCB Bayern Munich in Wolfsburg, on October 27, 2015.
Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola: 'Barcelona still the best'
Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola believes that Barcelona are still the best team in Europe, despite their Champions League exit to Atletico Madrid.
Apr 15, 14:38
Lionel Messi looks disappointed during the La Liga game between Real Sociedad and Barcelona on April 9, 2016
Preview: Barcelona vs. Valencia
Sports Mole previews Sunday's La Liga clash between Barcelona and Valencia at Camp Nou.
Apr 15, 11:48
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CBarcelona382945112298391
2Real Madrid382864110347690
3Atletico MadridAtletico38284663184588
4Villarreal381810104435964
5Athletic Bilbao381881258451362
6Celta Vigo38179125159-860
7Sevilla381410145150152
8Malaga381212143835348
9Real Sociedad38139164548-348
10Real Betis381112153452-1845
11Las PalmasLas Palmas38128184553-844
12Valencia381111164648-244
13Espanyol38127194074-3443
14EibarEibar381110174961-1243
15Deportivo La CorunaDeportivo38818124561-1642
16Granada38109194669-2339
17Sporting GijonSporting Gijon38109194062-2239
RRayo Vallecano38911185273-2138
RGetafe3899203767-3036
RLevante3888223770-3332