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 3,090 articles about Lionel Messi. Articles 1 to 40:
Argentina's coach Diego Maradona hugs Argentina's striker Lionel Messi after the 2010 World Cup quarter final Argentina vs Germany on July 3, 2010
Diego Maradona urges Lionel Messi to reconsider international retirement
Argentina legend Diego Maradona urges five-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi to reverse his decision to retire from international football.
Jun 28, 14:41
Sergio Romero of Manchester United gestures during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Manchester United at Villa Park on August 14, 2015 in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
Sergio Romero expects Lionel Messi to reverse Argentina retirement
Sergio Romero expects Lionel Messi to reverse his decision to retire from international football with Argentina.
Jun 27, 11:23
Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero embrace during an Argentina training session on September 06, 2013.
Argentina's Sergio Aguero could join Lionel Messi in retiring from international football
Sergio Aguero admits that he is considering his international future after Lionel Messi announced his retirement from the Argentina national team.
Jun 27, 10:47
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
Lionel Messi retires from international football after Argentina's Copa America loss
Lionel Messi retires from international football after Argentina lose the Copa America final to Chile on penalties.
Jun 27, 09:21
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
Gerardo Martino: 'Lionel Messi has found Barcelona form for Argentina'
Gerardo Martino claims that Lionel Messi has 'found a very similar level of form' for Argentina as enjoyed at Barcelona, following an impressive run at the Copa America.
Jun 26, 11:20
Lionel Messi celebrates scoring for Argentina against Uruguay on October 12, 2012.
Lionel Messi breaks Argentina goalscoring record
Lionel Messi breaks Gabriel Batistuta's all-time goalscoring record for Argentina by netting his 55th Albiceleste goal in a Copa America win over the United States.
Jun 22, 15:12
Neymar celebrates getting on the scoresheet during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Getafe on March 12, 2016
Guillem Balague: 'Neymar considering Paris Saint-Germain move'
Respected Spanish journalist Guillem Balague claims that Barcelona forward Neymar is considering joining Paris Saint-Germain this summer.
Jun 19, 15:40
Lionel Messi celebrates scoring for Argentina against Uruguay on October 12, 2012.
Lionel Messi equals Argentina all-time goalscoring record
Lionel Messi scores a record-equalling 54th international goal to help Argentina beat Venezuela 4-1 in the Copa America Centenario quarter-finals.
Jun 19, 13:09
God-fearing Neymar celebrates the eighth during the La Liga game between Deportivo La Coruna and Barcelona on April 20, 2016
Agent: 'Three big clubs in for Neymar'
Neymar's agent Wagner Ribeiro claims that there are three clubs willing to activate the Barcelona forward's release clause of £157m.
Jun 17, 13:44
Luciano Vietto is tackled by Ever Banega during the La Liga match between Atletico Madrid and Sevilla on January 24, 2016
Agent: 'Barcelona among Luciano Vietto suitors'
Barcelona are interested in signing Atletico Madrid striker Luciano Vietto in this summer's transfer window, according to the Argentine's agent.
Jun 15, 18:09
Iceland's Kari Arnason at a press conference on June 16, 2016
Iceland's Kari Arnason slams "sore loser" Cristiano Ronaldo following outburst
Iceland defender Kari Arnason says that Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo is "not a gracious human being" following his critical post-match comments.
Jun 15, 14:06
Lionel Messi during an Argentina training session on March 22, 2016
Lionel Messi: 'Whole team deserve credit for Argentina win'
Argentina forward Lionel Messi reveals his delight after netting a hat-trick in his country's 5-0 win over Panama at the Copa America.
Jun 11, 15:40
England captain Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring his 52nd goal for his country during the 2-1 win over Australia at the Stadium of Light on May 27, 2016
Andy Cole hails "fantastic" Wayne Rooney
Former Manchester United and England striker Andy Cole hails the way Wayne Rooney deals with the pressure on his shoulders at major international tournaments.
Jun 10, 15:42
Lionel Messi during an Argentina training session on March 22, 2016
Gerardo Martino: 'Lionel Messi back for Panama clash'
Argentina boss Gerardo Martino reveals that Lionel Messi will return to action in Friday's Copa America clash against Panama.
Jun 9, 20:05
England captain Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring his 52nd goal for his country during the 2-1 win over Australia at the Stadium of Light on May 27, 2016
Frank Leboeuf: 'Wayne Rooney is wasted as a number 10'
Former France and Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf believes that Wayne Rooney should be given a free role in the England team rather than being limited to one position.
Jun 7, 21:57
Lionel Messi celebrates scoring the opener during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Sporting Gijon on April 23, 2016
Agent: 'Lionel Messi will return to Argentina'
The first agent of Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi insists that the Argentine will return to youth club Newell's Old Boys before hanging up his boots.
Jun 7, 16:40
Paraguay's national U-17 football team player Antonio Sanabria celebrates after scoring against Argentina during their U-17 South American football tournament group A match in Ciudad de la Punta, province of San Luis, Argentina, on April 4, 2013
Report: Barcelona target Antonio Sanabria
A report claims that Barcelona want to bring their former striker Antonio Sanabria, who currently represents Roma, back to Camp Nou this summer.
Jun 6, 22:44
Lionel Messi scores during the La Liga game between Rayo Vallecano and Barcelona on March 3, 2016
Manchester United 'made two approaches' for Lionel Messi
Manchester United have reportedly made two approaches for Barcelona's Lionel Messi in the last three weeks.
Jun 4, 12:54
Robert Lewandowski and Jeffrey Bruma in action during the international friendly between Poland and The Netherlands on June 1, 2016
Poland star Robert Lewandowski unfazed by fans' expectation of him
Robert Lewandowski says that he does not get affected by the expectation of fans ahead of Poland's Euro 2016 campaign.
Jun 3, 12:59
Lionel Messi looks disappointed during the La Liga game between Real Sociedad and Barcelona on April 9, 2016
Lionel Messi to appear in Barcelona court over tax fraud accusations
Argentina and Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi is due to give evidence in a Spanish court on tax fraud charges against him and his father.
Jun 2, 10:23
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
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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

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