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 3,191 articles about Lionel Messi. Articles 1 to 40:
Dimitri Payet of West Ham United celebrates scoring his second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Newcastle United at the Boleyn Ground on September 14, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.
Slaven Bilic hails 'Lionel Messi-like' Dimitri Payet
West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic likens Dimitri Payet's goal in the 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough to one scored by five-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi.
19:13
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
Barcelona's Paco Alcacer confident he will find goalscoring form
Paco Alcacer is confident that he will find his shooting boots soon after failing to score in his first four appearances for Barcelona.
12:57
FC Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique reacts during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between AS Roma and FC Barcelona at Stadio Olimpico on September 16, 2015
Result: Barcelona come from behind to beat Borussia Monchengladbach
Barcelona recover from a one-goal deficit to record a 2-1 win over Borussia Monchengladbach in Wednesday's Champions League Group C clash.
Sep 28, 21:36
General view of Vicente Calderon Stadium pitch and grandstands prior to start of the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Real Betis Balompie on October 27, 2013
Kevin Gameiro: 'I turned down Barcelona'
French forward Kevin Gameiro claims that he turned down Barcelona to join Atletico Madrid from Sevilla in the summer transfer window.
Sep 27, 18:05
Managers Luis Enrique and Abelardo before the La Liga match between Sporting Gijon and Barcelona on February 17, 2016
Result: Barcelona top La Liga after win at Sporting Gijon
Spanish champions Barcelona move above Real Madrid to the top of La Liga after recording a 5-0 victory at Sporting Gijon on Saturday afternoon.
Sep 24, 17:05
FC Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique reacts during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between AS Roma and FC Barcelona at Stadio Olimpico on September 16, 2015
Live Commentary: Sporting Gijon 0-5 Barcelona - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live commentary of the La Liga clash between Sporting Gijon and Barcelona, which ended in a 5-0 away win.
Sep 24, 14:15
Luis Enrique Martinez faces the media during his official presentation as the new coach of FC Barcelona at Camp Nou on May 21, 2014
Luis Enrique responds to Edgardo Bauza criticism
Barcelona boss Luis Enrique refuses to be dragged into a war of words with Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza over Lionel Messi's recent groin problem.
Sep 23, 17:08
Lionel Messi reacts to Nando's goal during the Champions League quarter-final between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid on April 5, 2016
Argentina boss Edgardo Bauza slams Barcelona over Lionel Messi treatment
Argentina boss Edgardo Bauza blasts Barcelona for not resting Lionel Messi after the attacker picked up another groin problem on Wednesday night.
Sep 23, 16:26
FC Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique reacts during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between AS Roma and FC Barcelona at Stadio Olimpico on September 16, 2015
Preview: Sporting Gijon vs. Barcelona
Sports Mole previews Saturday's La Liga clash between Sporting Gijon and Barcelona from El Molinon.
Sep 23, 12:30
Lionel Messi is also unhappy at not winning during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Sevilla on February 28, 2016
Barcelona striker Lionel Messi ruled out for three weeks
Barcelona striker Lionel Messi is ruled out for three weeks after suffering a groin injury against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night.
Sep 22, 11:04
Ivan Rakitic celebrates scoring during the game between Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao on January 17, 2016
Result: Atletico Madrid hold Barcelona at Camp Nou
Atletico Madrid come from behind to secure a point in a 1-1 draw with Spanish champions Barcelona in Wednesday's La Liga clash.
Sep 21, 22:50
Sergio Busquets for Barcelona on January 4, 2015
Team News: Barcelona make two changes for Atletico Madrid clash at Camp Nou
Barcelona make two changes for La Liga clash against Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou.
Sep 21, 20:08
Mauricio Pochettino applauds after the Premier League game between Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur on April 18, 2016
Mauricio Pochettino: 'Marcus Edwards reminds me of Lionel Messi'
Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino says that Marcus Edwards possesses some of the early qualities of Barcelona striker Lionel Messi.
Sep 21, 12:31
Manchester City playmaker Kevin de Bruyne celebrates giving his side the lead in the Manchester derby against Manchester United at Old Trafford on September 10, 2016
Pep Guardiola: 'Only Lionel Messi better than Kevin De Bruyne'
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola suggests that only Lionel Messi is better than Kevin De Bruyne in the ranking of players that he has managed during his career.
Sep 18, 09:36
Rafinha for Barcelona on February 11, 2015
Rafinha: 'Leganes were too ambitious'
Barcelona midfielder Rafinha claims that Leganes afforded his team too much space in Saturday's La Liga clash.
Sep 17, 22:06
Luis Suarez celebrates scoring during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Espanyol on May 8, 2016
Result: Barcelona put five goals past newly-promoted Leganes
Barcelona jump above Real Madrid into first spot in La Liga courtesy of a 5-1 win over newly-promoted Leganes on Saturday afternoon.
Sep 17, 13:48
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
Team News: Barcelona name strong side for Leganes clash
Barcelona boss Luis Enrique names a strong starting lineup for his side's trip to Leganes in La Liga.
Sep 17, 11:21
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: Leganes 1-5 Barcelona - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live commentary of the La Liga clash between Leganes and Barcelona, which ended in a 5-1 away win.
Sep 17, 11:00
Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar da Silva Santos Junior (L) celebrates scoring his second goal with Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez (C) and Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi during the UEFA Champions League football match semi fin
Neymar explains 'MSN' relationship
Neymar claims that the 'MSN' trio at Barcelona is so successful because all three players 'know how each other think'.
Sep 14, 14:48
Luis Enrique looks on prior to the Champions League round-of-16 second leg between Barcelona and Arsenal on March 16, 2016
Luis Enrique 'fell off bike' before Champions League clash
A report claims that Barcelona boss Luis Enrique fell off his bike hours before Tuesday night's Champions League clash with Celtic.
Sep 14, 14:35
Luis Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi of Barcelona celebrate during the La Liga match against Atletico Madrid on January 11, 2015
Luis Suarez pleased to resume 'MSN' front three
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez says that he "enjoyed" starting alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar for the first time this season in Tuesday's clash with Celtic.
Sep 14, 13:39
Luis Enrique looks on prior to the Champions League round-of-16 second leg between Barcelona and Arsenal on March 16, 2016
Luis Enrique: 'Lionel Messi best in any position'
Barcelona boss Luis Enrique hails Lionel Messi after the Argentine hit a hat-trick in Tuesday's 7-0 win over Celtic in the Champions League.
Sep 14, 13:13
Luis Suarez celebrates scoring during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Espanyol on May 8, 2016
Result: Barcelona put seven past Celtic at Camp Nou
Lionel Messi scores a hat-trick as Barcelona record a 7-0 win over Celtic in their Champions League opener at Camp Nou.
Sep 13, 21:36
FC Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique reacts during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between AS Roma and FC Barcelona at Stadio Olimpico on September 16, 2015
Live Commentary: Barcelona 7-0 Celtic - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live commentary of the Champions League Group C match between Barcelona and Celtic from Camp Nou.
Sep 13, 18:45
Michael Laudrup in possession for Barcelona on January 01, 1992.
Michael Laudrup questions Barcelona squad
Former Denmark international Michael Laudrup questions the strength of the Barcelona squad in the aftermath of the club's 2-1 defeat to Alaves.
Sep 13, 16:55
Luis Enrique Martinez faces the media during his official presentation as the new coach of FC Barcelona at Camp Nou on May 21, 2014
Luis Enrique 'not prepared to risk Lionel Messi'
Barcelona boss Luis Enrique insists that Lionel Messi will not face Celtic on Tuesday night unless the Argentine has fully overcome his groin problem.
Sep 12, 15:55
Marc-Andre Ter Stegen of FC Barcelona controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League group F match against PSG on December 10, 2014
Luis Enrique hints at Marc-Andre ter Stegen return
Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen returns to training ahead of Tuesday's Champions League clash with Celtic.
Sep 12, 13:13
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
Cristiano Ronaldo "couldn't care less" about Xavi comments
Cristiano Ronaldo claims that recent comments from Xavi were made simply because the Barcelona legend was after "free publicity" now that he plies his trade in Qatar.
Sep 11, 12:22
FC Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique reacts during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between AS Roma and FC Barcelona at Stadio Olimpico on September 16, 2015
Result: Alaves stun Barcelona at Camp Nou
Ibai Gomez scores the winner as newly-promoted Alaves record a 2-1 victory at Barcelona in Saturday night's La Liga clash at Camp Nou.
Sep 10, 21:22
Goalkeeper, Jasper Cillessen of Netherlands looks on during the International Friendly match between Netherlands and Ghana at De Kuip on May 31, 2014
Team News: Kasper Cillessen, Paco Alcacer handed Barcelona debuts
Jasper Cillessen and Paco Alcacer are handed their Barcelona debuts for the visit of Alaves to Camp Nou, while Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez both drop out.
Sep 10, 18:36
Lionel Messi celebrates scoring the opener during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Sporting Gijon on April 23, 2016
Luis Enrique: 'Lionel Messi fit to face Alaves'
Barcelona boss Luis Enrique reveals that Lionel Messi has overcome a groin problem ahead of Saturday's La Liga clash with Alaves.
Sep 9, 13:32
Alexis Sanchez celebrates with Hector Bellerin after scoring the opening goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion on April 21, 2016
Arsene Wenger: 'Alexis Sanchez can match Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo'
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says that Alexis Sanchez has the potential to match the level of Lionel Messi and Alexis Sanchez.
Sep 9, 11:40
Alexis Sanchez celebrates after scoring for Arsenal against Manchester City on May 8, 2016
Alexis Sanchez: 'I liken my qualities to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo'
Arsenal playmaker Alexis Sanchez suggests that he can offer many similar qualities to those displayed by Ballon d'Or winners Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Sep 8, 09:12
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
Xavi: 'Lionel Messi the best player in the world'
Xavi insists that former Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi is the best player in the world, but also reserves praise for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Sep 7, 21:32
Yaya Toure of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester City at The Hawthorns on August 10, 2015
Roberto Mancini: 'Yaya Toure still world class'
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is still capable of 'changing the outcome of an entire season', according to Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini.
Sep 7, 20:51
Lionel Messi looks disappointed during the La Liga game between Real Sociedad and Barcelona on April 9, 2016
Barcelona star Lionel Messi to 'lighten training load' due to hamstring injury
Barcelona announce that Lionel Messi will "lighten his training load" after suffering a hamstring injury while on international duty.
Sep 5, 20:11
Lionel Messi reacts to Nando's goal during the Champions League quarter-final between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid on April 5, 2016
Luis Enrique 'to make final Lionel Messi call'
Barcelona boss Luis Enrique will ultimately decide whether Lionel Messi is fit enough to face Deportivo Alaves this weekend, according to a report.
Sep 5, 11:44
Lionel Messi scores during the La Liga game between Rayo Vallecano and Barcelona on March 3, 2016
Lionel Messi "would love" Newell's Old Boys return
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi says that he "would love" to return to first club Newell's Old Boys before hanging up his boots.
Sep 5, 10:51
Lionel Messi watches on from the bench as Barcelona take on Atletico Madrid on September 12, 2015
Lionel Messi: 'My son does not like football'
Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi reveals that his three-year-old son Thiago is currently showing little interest in football.
Sep 5, 10:36
Jordi Alba for Barcelona on December 7, 2014
Jordi Alba hails Barcelona's Paco Alcacer capture
Barcelona defender Jordi Alba backs his club's acquisition of Paco Alcacer, who joined the Spanish champions from Valencia this summer.
Sep 5, 09:27

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2Sevilla74211310314
3Barcelona64111961313
4Atletico MadridAtletico63301221012
5Villarreal633094512
6Athletic Bilbao640296312
7Las PalmasLas Palmas73221613311
8EibarEibar631286210
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10Leganes7313710-310
11AlavesAlaves72328719
12Deportivo La CorunaDeportivo722356-18
13Real Betis7223812-48
14Celta Vigo621358-37
15Sporting GijonSporting Gijon7214616-107
16Valencia6204912-36
17Malaga612358-35
18Espanyol6123914-55
19Osasuna7034715-83
20Granada7025716-92