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 3,369 articles about Lionel Messi. Articles 1 to 40:
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's 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
Antoine Griezmann celebrates scoring during the La Liga game between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid on February 27, 2016
Antoine Griezmann advisor: 'Manchester United move ideal'
The image advisor of Antoine Griezmann believes that leaving Atletico Madrid for Manchester United next summer makes perfect sense from a business perspective.
Feb 6, 22:02
Eden Hazard in action during the Premier League game between Chelsea and Arsenal on February 4, 2017
Roberto Martinez: 'Eden Hazard playing like Lionel Messi'
Roberto Martinez believes that Chelsea ace Eden Hazard has proved once again this season that he has "unique" ability when it comes to dribbling past opposition players.
Feb 5, 13:38
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: Paco Alcacer nets in Barcelona win
Barcelona move to within one point of La Liga leaders Real Madrid with a 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao at Camp Nou on Saturday afternoon.
Feb 4, 17:10
Gerard Pique in action for Barcelona on October 19, 2016
Live Commentary: Barcelona 3-0 Athletic Bilbao - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live commentary of the La Liga clash between Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao from Camp Nou.
Feb 4, 14:15
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: Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi net in Barcelona win
Barcelona record a 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final at the Vicente Calderon.
Feb 1, 21:55
Saul Niguez and Jordi Alba in action during the Champions League quarter-final between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona on April 13, 2016
Live Commentary: Atletico Madrid 1-2 Barcelona - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live commentary of the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona from the Vicente Calderon.
Feb 1, 19:00
Luis Suarez in action for Barcelona during their La Liga clash with Granada at the Camp Nou on October 29, 2016
Result: Real Betis, Barcelona share the points in Seville
Luis Suarez nets in the 90th minute as Barcelona come from behind to draw 1-1 with Real Betis in Sunday afternoon's La Liga clash in Seville.
Jan 29, 12:58
Antoine Griezmann celebrates scoring during the La Liga game between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid on February 27, 2016
Report: Arsenal, Manchester United to lock horns over Antoine Griezmann
Arsenal will lock horns with Manchester United in the summer over the signing of Atletico Madrid and France forward Antoine Griezmann, according to reports.
Jan 29, 10:53
Sebastian Giovinco #10 of the Toronto FC in action against the Columbus Crew SC on March 14, 2015
Sebastian Giovinco reveals Barcelona snub
Italian forward Sebastian Giovinco says that he rejected interest from Barcelona before joining Toronto because he "would have been a ball boy" at Camp Nou.
Jan 27, 15:00
Luis Suarez celebrates scoring during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Real Madrid on December 3, 2016
Result: Barcelona through with thumping win over Real Sociedad
Barcelona beat Real Sociedad 5-2 at Camp Nou - and 6-2 on aggregate - to book their place in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey.
Jan 26, 22:09
Lionel Messi of Argentina (R) looks dejected after a goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014
Diego Maradona: 'Lionel Messi doesn't need World Cup win to seal legacy'
Diego Maradona denies suggestions that Lionel Messi needs to lead Argentina to a World Cup success if he is to go down as a true footballing great.
Jan 26, 20:58
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
Antoine Griezmann's brother hints at Manchester United move?
The brother of Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann fuels speculation of a move to Manchester United by posting a picture of Old Trafford on Twitter.
Jan 24, 20:05
Lionel Messi in action during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Real Madrid on December 3, 2016
Barcelona's contract talks with Lionel Messi "going very well"
Barcelona are confident of seeing Lionel Messi sign a contract extension beyond the end of next year, according to the club's technical secretary Robert Fernandez.
Jan 24, 11:26
Lionel Messi celebrates scoring with Neymar during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Getafe on March 12, 2016
Result: Barcelona comfortable winners at Ipurua to keep pressure on leaders
Barcelona ease to a 4-0 win over Eibar at Ipurua Municipal Stadium thanks to goals from Denis Suarez, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.
Jan 22, 21:38
Luis Enrique looks on prior to the Champions League round-of-16 second leg between Barcelona and Arsenal on March 16, 2016
Live Commentary: Eibar 0-4 Barcelona - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live text coverage of Barcelona's 4-0 win over Eibar, as the Catalan giants made it 12 without defeat in La Liga.
Jan 22, 18:44
Barcelona forward Neymar in action during his side's La Liga clash with Deportivo La Coruna at the Camp Nou on October 15, 2016
Team News: Neymar back for Barcelona
Neymar returns to the starting XI for Barcelona's trip to Eibar in La Liga.
Jan 22, 18:41
God-fearing Neymar celebrates the eighth during the La Liga game between Deportivo La Coruna and Barcelona on April 20, 2016
Result: Barcelona break Anoeta curse with first-leg win over Real Sociedad
Barcelona break their Anoeta curse thanks to Neymar's 21st-minute penalty - enough to earn them a 1-0 win over Real Sociedad in their Copa del Rey quarter-final tie.
Jan 19, 22:06
Arda Turan of Barcelona in action during his side's Champions League clash with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on November 1, 2016
Barcelona 'willing to sell Arda Turan to Guangzhou Evergrande'
Barcelona forward Arda Turan will be offloaded to Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande if his £26m valuation is met, according to a report.
Jan 18, 20:13
Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona during their La Liga clash with Granada at the Camp Nou on October 29, 2016
Report: Manchester City, Barcelona begin Lionel Messi talks
Manchester City reportedly hold preliminary talks with Barcelona over a big-money move for striker Lionel Messi.
Jan 17, 09:50
Alexis Sanchez in action during the Premier League game between Everton and Arsenal on December 13, 2016
Alexis Sanchez admits two counts of fraud from time at Barcelona
Alexis Sanchez admits to defrauding the Spanish tax authorities of around £1m but he is unlikely to face a trial after paying back the sum in full.
Jan 16, 17:32
Luis Suarez in action for Barcelona during their La Liga clash with Granada at the Camp Nou on October 29, 2016
Result: Luis Suarez hits brace in thumping Barcelona win
Barcelona return to winning ways in La Liga with a 5-0 success over Las Palmas in Saturday's clash at Camp Nou.
Jan 14, 17:08



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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Real Madrid23174260223855
2Barcelona24166265204554
3Sevilla24164448291952
4Atletico MadridAtletico24136544212345
5Real Sociedad2414283732544
6Villarreal24109532181439
7EibarEibar2411583931838
8Athletic Bilbao2411583129238
9Espanyol249873331235
10Celta Vigo2310493737034
11AlavesAlaves248972429-533
12Las PalmasLas Palmas2477103236-428
13Valencia2475123443-926
14Malaga2468103140-926
15Real Betis2366112337-1424
16Leganes2456132039-1921
17Deportivo La CorunaDeportivo2347122639-1319
18Sporting GijonSporting Gijon2445152648-2217
19Granada2437142252-3016
20Osasuna2417162455-3110
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