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 3,148 articles about Lionel Messi. Articles 1 to 40:
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 to join Valencia on loan from Barcelona
Barcelona announce that Munir El Haddadi will spend the upcoming campaign on loan at Valencia, with the option to make the switch permanent.
13:38
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 beat Athletic Bilbao at San Mames
Barcelona move onto six points in the La Liga table with a 1-0 win at Athletic Bilbao in Sunday night's clash at San Mames.
Aug 28, 21:09
Marc-Andre ter Stegen for Barcelona on December 14, 2014
Team News: Marc-Andre ter Stegen comes in for Claudio Bravo
Marc-Andre ter Stegen replaces Claudio Bravo in Barcelona's starting lineup for the trip to Athletic Bilbao.
Aug 28, 18:28
Christian Benteke scores a winning penalty during the Premier League game between Crystal Palace and Liverpool on March 6, 2016
Damien Delaney: 'Christian Benteke is no Lionel Messi'
Crystal Palace defender Damien Delaney attempts to play down expectations of new signing Christian Benteke by saying that the Eagles "haven't signed Lionel Messi".
Aug 22, 18:00
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 hits hat-trick in thumping Barcelona win
Defending champions Barcelona open their 2016-17 La Liga campaign with a 6-2 victory over Real Betis at Camp Nou.
Aug 20, 19:07
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 6-2 Real Betis - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live coverage of the La Liga clash between Barcelona and Real Betis at Camp Nou.
Aug 20, 16:15
Paul Pogba celebrates scoring during the Serie A game between Milan and Juventus on April 9, 2016
Jose Mourinho: 'Paul Pogba is best midfielder in world'
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho declares Paul Pogba to be the best midfielder in the world ahead of his second debut for the club.
Aug 18, 22:41
Philippe Coutinho celebrates scoring during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur on April 2, 2016
Jordan Henderson: 'Philippe Coutinho could get to Lionel Messi level'
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson claims that Philippe Coutinho has the ability to be classed alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Aug 18, 19:56
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
Luis Enrique pays tribute to Lionel Messi
Barcelona boss Luis Enrique brands Lionel Messi "the essence of football" after the Catalan giants claimed the Spanish Super Cup for a 12th time.
Aug 18, 18:36
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 win Spanish Super Cup in impressive fashion
Spanish champions Barcelona win the Spanish Super Cup for a 12th time courtesy of a 5-0 aggregate win over Copa del Rey finalists Sevilla.
Aug 17, 23:51
Liverpool FC goalkeeper Simon Mignolet before the Europa League game between FC Girondins de Bordeaux and Liverpool FC at Matmut Atlantique Stadium on September 17, 2015 in Bordeaux, France.
Simon Mignolet: 'Liverpool defended really well against Arsenal'
Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet claims that his side defended "really well" during their 4-3 victory over Arsenal.
Aug 16, 20:24
Luis Suarez celebrates scoring during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Espanyol on May 8, 2016
Result: Barcelona take control of Supercopa de Espana tie with victory at Sevilla
Luis Suarez and Munir El Haddadi score second-half goals to give Barcelona a 2-0 lead over Sevilla at the midway point of their Supercopa de Espana tie.
Aug 14, 22:55
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: Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez start for Barcelona against Sevilla
Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez start for Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup first leg against Sevilla.
Aug 14, 20:02
Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action during a Sweden training session on March 28, 2016
Jose Mourinho hails "phenomenal" Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho heaps praise on Zlatan Ibrahimovic following his goalscoring Premier League debut against Bournemouth.
Aug 14, 19:41
Argentina's forward and captain Lionel Messi celebrates scoring during the Group F football match between Argentina and Iran at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil on June 21, 2014
Lionel Messi reverses international retirement decision
Argentina forward Lionel Messi reverses his decision to retire from international football.
Aug 12, 21:26
Luis Suarez celebrates scoring during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Espanyol on May 8, 2016
Result: Barcelona edge out Sampdoria at Camp Nou to win Joan Gamper Trophy
Lionel Messi scores twice and sets up another in the first half to help Barcelona to a 3-2 win over Sampdoria in their final pre-season fixture of the summer.
Aug 10, 21:24
Luis Suarez scores Barcelona's fifth during the La Liga game between Deportivo La Coruna and Barcelona on April 20, 2016
Live Commentary: Barcelona 3-2 Sampdoria - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live text coverage of Barcelona's 3-2 win over Sampdoria, as the hosts rounded off their pre-season with victory in the Joan Gamper Trophy.
Aug 10, 19:00
Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring a goal during the La Liga match against Sporting Gijon on February 17, 2016
Team News: Barcelona name strong XI for pre-season friendly against Sampdoria
Barcelona boss Luis Enrique names a strong starting XI for their pre-season friendly against Sampdoria.
Aug 10, 18:39
Argentina's forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring a goal against Paraguay during a Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup South American qualifier football match at Defensores del Chaco stadium in Asuncion, Paraguay, on September 10, 2013
Edgardo Bauza wants Lionel Messi to reverse Argentina retirement
New Argentina head coach Edgardo Bauza wants Lionel Messi to reverse his retirement from international football and will speak to the Barcelona forward about the matter.
Aug 7, 11:08
Liverpool's German coach Jurgen Klopp at a press conference at El Madrigal stadium in Villarreal on April 27, 2016
Jurgen Klopp hails "wonderful" Liverpool performance against Barcelona
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is delighted with "98%" of his side's performance during their 4-0 thrashing of Spanish champions Barcelona at Wembley.
Aug 6, 22:46
Jurgen Klopp has a stroll prior to the Europa League semi-final between Villarreal and Liverpool on April 28, 2016
Jurgen Klopp: 'Liverpool will fight for everything'
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits that he is unsure how his side will fare next season, but insists that they will "fight for everything".
Aug 6, 21:15
Jurgen Klopp ist eine froh Hase after the Premier League game between Crystal Palace and Liverpool on March 6, 2016
Result: Sadio Mane stars as Liverpool hit four past Barcelona
Liverpool end their International Champions Cup campaign with an impressive 4-0 victory over Barcelona at Wembley Stadium.
Aug 6, 19:09
Luis Suarez sticks a thumb up during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Sporting Gijon on April 23, 2016
Live Commentary: Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live coverage of Liverpool's 4-0 victory over Barcelona in the International Champions Cup.
Aug 6, 16:00
Kevin Gameiro celebrates scoring during the Europa League final between Liverpool and Sevilla on May 18, 2016
Kevin Gameiro: 'I didn't consider joining Barcelona'
Atletico Madrid striker Kevin Gameiro suggests that he never considered joining Barcelona due to the limited first-team opportunities at Camp Nou.
Aug 6, 14:12
Gareth Bale puts a tender arm around Cristiano Ronaldo during the game between Real Madrid and Deportivo La Coruna on January 9, 2016
Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann up for UEFA Best Player in Europe award
Real Madrid duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale are in the running with Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann for the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award.
Aug 5, 13:16
Luis Suarez celebrates scoring during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Espanyol on May 8, 2016
Result: Ahmed Musa scores twice as Leicester City fall to Barcelona
Barcelona beat Leicester City 4-2 in Stockholm to keep intact their winning start to pre-season.
Aug 3, 20:55
Lionel Messi scores during the La Liga game between Rayo Vallecano and Barcelona on March 3, 2016
Team News: Lionel Messi, Jamie Vardy start in Barcelona, Leicester City pre-season friendly
Lionel Messi starts for Barcelona, while Jamie Vardy lines up for Leicester City in tonight's pre-season friendly in Stockholm.
Aug 3, 18:06
Juventus' forward from Croatia Mario Mandzukic celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League football match Juventus vs Manchester City on November 25, 2015
Report: West Ham United to battle Arsenal, Barcelona for Mario Mandzukic
Barcelona and Arsenal join West Ham United in the race to sign Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic, according to reports.
Jul 30, 20:43
Munir El Haddadi of FC Barcelona in action during the pre-season friendly match between FC Barcelona and SSC Napoli on August 6, 2014
Result: Barcelona hit three past Celtic in International Champions Cup fixture
Barcelona begin their pre-season campaign in style as they ease to a 3-1 victory over Celtic in their International Champions Cup fixture in Dublin.
Jul 30, 19:58
Brendan Rodgers manager of Liverpool looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on October 4, 2015 in Liverpool, England.
Live Commentary: Celtic 1-3 Barcelona - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live coverage of Barcelona's 3-1 victory over Celtic in the International Champions Cup.
Jul 30, 17:00
Andre Gomes of Valencia runs with the ball during the La Liga match between Valencia CF and Real Madrid CF at Estadi de Mestalla on January 4, 2015
Andre Gomes: 'Cristiano Ronaldo wished me well'
Andre Gomes reveals that Portugal teammate Cristiano Ronaldo "congratulated" him on his summer move to Barcelona.
Jul 29, 11:58
Diego Simeone gestures during the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid on May 28, 2016
Diego Simeone backs Antoine Griezmann for Ballon d'Or
Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann "should be in the final three" for the 2016 Ballon d'Or, according to his club boss Diego Simeone.
Jul 28, 21:59
Lionel Messi watches on from the bench as Barcelona take on Atletico Madrid on September 12, 2015
Joan Laporta: 'Lionel Messi being forced out of Barcelona'
Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta believes that the current Camp Nou president and board are conspiring to force star player Lionel Messi out of the club.
Jul 26, 15:03
Kevin Gameiro celebrates scoring during the Europa League final between Liverpool and Sevilla on May 18, 2016
Report: Barcelona agree Kevin Gameiro deal
Barcelona reach an agreement with Sevilla for the transfer of France forward Kevin Gameiro, according to a report from Spain.
Jul 24, 22:32
Manchester Uniteds international striker Dutch Robin Van Persie juggles with the ball after signing a contract with the Turkish Super Lig giants football club Fenerbahce at the Sukru Saracoglu stadium in Istanbul on July 14, 2015
Jorge Jesus: 'Sporting Lisbon cannot afford Robin van Persie'
Sporting Lisbon would have to "sell everything" to be able to afford Fenerbahce forward Robin van Persie, according to the Portuguese side's manager Juan Jesus.
Jul 24, 22:20
Lionel Messi reacts to Nando's goal during the Champions League quarter-final between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid on April 5, 2016
Lionel Messi shows off blonde hairstyle ahead of new season
Lionel Messi becomes the latest player to dye his hair peroxide blonde during the summer months, following in the footsteps of Aaron Ramsey, Phil Jones and James Rodriguez.
Jul 24, 18:31
Lionel Messi celebrates scoring the opener during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Sporting Gijon on April 23, 2016
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi to make early return to training
Lionel Messi is to return to training with Barcelona ahead of schedule, having been named as part of the 25-man squad for next week's trip to St George's Park.
Jul 24, 10:25
Cristiano Ronaldo holds up the trophy after the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid on May 28, 2016
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo to miss Super Cup final
Cristiano Ronaldo will play no part in Real Madrid's clash against Sevilla next month as he does not intend to return to training until after the Super Cup final.
Jul 23, 17:39
Paul Scholes during a photoshoot for the documentary 'The Class of '92'
Paul Scholes: 'Paul Pogba not worth £86m'
Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba 'is not worth £86m', according to Manchester United legend Paul Scholes.
Jul 23, 13:50
Mauricio Pochettino applauds after the Premier League game between Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur on April 18, 2016
Argentina to talk to Mauricio Pochettino, Diego Simeone over managerial post
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino and Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone are both reportedly on the shortlist to replace Gerardo Martino as Argentina coach.
Jul 22, 14:31

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6Sporting GijonSporting Gijon21102114
7Leganes21101014
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9Real Sociedad210123-13
10Malaga20203302
11AlavesAlaves20201102
12Atletico MadridAtletico20201102
13Villarreal20201102
14Espanyol201168-21
15Osasuna201113-21
16Granada201126-41
17Real Betis201126-41
18Athletic Bilbao200213-20
19Celta Vigo200213-20
20Valencia200225-30