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 3,331 articles about Lionel Messi. Articles 1 to 40:
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.
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
Lionel Messi in action during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Real Madrid on December 3, 2016
Live Commentary: Barcelona 5-0 Las Palmas - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live commentary of the La Liga clash between Barcelona and Las Palmas from Camp Nou.
Jan 14, 14:15
Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona during their La Liga clash with Granada at the Camp Nou on October 29, 2016
Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea 'monitoring Lionel Messi situation'
Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea are reportedly keeping tabs on Lionel Messi's ongoing contract discussions with Barcelona.
Jan 13, 15:35
 Luis Suarez celebrates with Lionel Messi after scoring his team's second goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Club Atletico de Madrid at Camp Nou on January 30
Luis Suarez: 'Ignore common sense with Lionel Messi'
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez urges the club to forget "common sense" as they look to strike a new deal with teammate Lionel Messi.
Jan 12, 12:34
Luis Suarez celebrates scoring during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Real Madrid on December 3, 2016
Result: Barcelona edge past Athletic Bilbao to reach quarter-finals of Copa del Rey
Goals from Luis Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi ensure that Barcelona reach the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey with a 3-1 second-leg victory over Athletic Bilbao.
Jan 11, 22:08
Lionel Messi in action during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Real Madrid on December 3, 2016
Barcelona "working hard" to renew Lionel Messi contract
Barcelona must 'remain cool and use common sense' when negotiating a deal with Lionel Messi, admits the club's chief executive Oscar Grau.
Jan 11, 21:12
Lucas Digne in action during the Champions League game between Barcelona and Borussia Monchengladbach on December 6, 2016
Live Commentary: Barcelona 3-1 Athletic Bilbao - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's coverage as Barcelona secure a place in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey with a 4-3 aggregate victory over Athletic Bilbao.
Jan 11, 19:15
Barcelona manager Luis Enrique speaks to the media on December 5, 2016
Luis Enrique backs Barcelona award ceremony snub
Barcelona manager Luis Enrique backs his players' decision not to attend the Best FIFA Football Awards in order to focus on preparation for their Copa del Rey clash.
Jan 10, 20:02
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 statue decapitated in Argentina
A statue of Lionel Messi is discovered severed in half in his homeland of Argentina.
Jan 10, 17:54
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring against Athletic Bilbao on February 13, 2016
Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi to win FIFA Best Men's Player award
Cristiano Ronaldo is named as the world's best male player at the Best FIFA Football Awards.
Jan 9, 19:03
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring his first during the La Liga game between Deportivo La Coruna and Real Madrid on May 14, 2016
Real Madrid, Barcelona players dominate FIFA-FIFPRO XI for 2016
Real Madrid and Barcelona boast a combined total of nine players in the FIFA-FIFPRO XI for 2016.
Jan 9, 17:59
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 late point for Barcelona
Lionel Messi scores a 90th-minute equaliser as Barcelona share the points with Villarreal in Sunday's La Liga fixture at the Estadio de la Ceramica.
Jan 8, 21:41
Cristiano Ronaldo in action during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Real Madrid on December 3, 2016
Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann up for inaugural FIFA award
Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann are named as the three contenders for The Best FIFA Men's Player Award at Monday's inaugural ceremony.
Jan 8, 20:13
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: Villarreal 1-1 Barcelona - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live commentary of the La Liga clash between Villarreal and the reigning champions Barcelona.
Jan 8, 18:45
Antoine Griezmann celebrates scoring during the Euro 2016 RO16 match between France and Republic of Ireland on June 26, 2016
Paul Pogba delighted with Antoine Griezmann progress
Paul Pogba says that he is delighted with seeing France teammate Antoine Griezmann establish himself as one of the leading strikers in world football.
Jan 6, 15:28
Athletic Bilbao's forward Aritz Aduriz celebrates a goal during the Spanish league football match Athletic Club Bilbao vs Sevilla FC at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao on November 2, 2014
Result: Nine-man Athletic Bilbao hold on against Barcelona for first-leg advantage
Barcelona fall to a 2-1 defeat to Athletic Bilbao at San Mames in the first leg of their Copa del Rey last-16 tie.
Jan 5, 22:07
Neymar of Barcelona in action during his side's Champions League clash with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on November 1, 2016
Team News: Luis Enrique opts for strong Barcelona XI in Athletic Bilbao clash
Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique opts for a strong starting XI ahead of Thursday night's Copa del Rey last-16 first leg at Athletic Bilbao.
Jan 5, 19:37
Luis Enrique looks on prior to the Champions League round-of-16 second leg between Barcelona and Arsenal on March 16, 2016
Live Commentary: Athletic Bilbao 2-1 Barcelona - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live text coverage of Athletic Bilbao's 2-1 win over Barcelona, as the hosts held on with nine men for a first-leg advantage.
Jan 5, 19:15
Barcelona trio Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar in training
Barcelona boss Luis Enrique sends out 'MSN' message
Barcelona boss Luis Enrique warns his club's rivals that Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar are recharged for the second half of the campaign.
Jan 4, 18:23
Antoine Griezmann in action for Atletico Madrid on September 21, 2016
Antoine Griezmann "very happy" at Atletico Madrid
Antoine Griezmann says that he is annoyed by the constant speculation over his future as he is 'happy and enjoying himself' at Atletico Madrid.
Jan 3, 11:18
Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United in action during their Premier League clash with Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on November 6, 2016
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic: 'I have made critics eat their balls'
Zlatan Ibrahimovic says that his goalscoring form for Manchester United has proven to critics that he can cut it in the Premier League.
Jan 2, 09:45
Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona takes to the field for the La Liga match between Real Betis and FC Barcelona at Estadio Benito Villamarin on November 10, 2013
David Villa: 'Lionel Messi will extend Barcelona contract'
Lionel Messi will commit his future to Barcelona by signing a new contract "sooner or later", according to former teammate David Villa.
Dec 28, 12:22
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 into last-16 of Copa del Rey with thumping win
Barcelona book their spot in the last-16 stage of the Copa del Rey after running out 8-1 aggregate winners over Hercules.
Dec 21, 22:51
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: Luis Enrique rings the changes for Hercules cup tie
Luis Enrique makes nine changes to his starting lineup for the Copa del Rey clash with Hercules, with Javier Mascherano and Denis Suarez the only survivors.
Dec 21, 20:09
Lionel Messi of Barcelona in action during his side's Champions League clash with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on November 1, 2016
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu confident of Lionel Messi stay
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is confident that Lionel Messi will stay at the club until the end of his career despite still being unable to agree a new deal.
Dec 20, 20:57
Three-headed Broadway star Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi celebrate scoring during the Copa del Rey game between Barcelona and Valencia on February 3, 2016
Barcelona quartet given early Christmas break by Luis Enrique
Barcelona boss Luis Enrique is confident that his side can overcome Hercules in the second leg of their Copa del Rey tie, granting four key players the night off.
Dec 19, 15:54
Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona during their La Liga clash with Granada at the Camp Nou on October 29, 2016
Result: Lionel Messi stars as Barcelona beat Espanyol
Spanish champions Barcelona regain second position in La Liga from Sevilla courtesy of a 4-1 win over Catalan rivals Espanyol at Camp Nou.
Dec 18, 21:38
Neymar in action for Barcelona during their La Liga clash with Granada at the Camp Nou on October 29, 2016
Team News: Neymar returns to Barcelona attack for Espanyol clash
Neymar is back in Barcelona's starting lineup for the derby with Espanyol following his recent one-match suspension.
Dec 18, 18:52
Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona during their La Liga clash with Granada at the Camp Nou on October 29, 2016
Live Commentary: Barcelona 4-1 Espanyol - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live commentary of the La Liga clash between Barcelona and Espanyol from Camp Nou.
Dec 18, 18:45
Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez celebrates scoring his side's first goal against Ludogorets on October 19, 2016
Pep Guardiola: 'Arsene Wenger getting best out of Alexis Sanchez'
Pep Guardiola praises Arsene Wenger for getting the most out of Alexis Sanchez at Arsenal, admitting that his current central role is "perfect" for the Chilean.
Dec 18, 09:29
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte gesticulates on the touchline during his side's Premier League clash with Hull City at the KCOM Stadium on October 1, 2016
Antonio Conte wary of 'dangerous' Chinese Super League
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte describes the money in Chinese football as a "danger" to every club in the world amid speculation linking Oscar with a move to Shanghai SIPG.
Dec 16, 21:16
Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal miskicks during the Premier League match against Swansea City on March 2, 2016
Alexis Sanchez's home 'seized by Spanish government'
Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez's home is reportedly seized by the Spanish government as part of their investigation into alleged tax evasion.
Dec 16, 15:11
Barcelona forward Luis Suarez proudly holds aloft his Golden Boot prior to his side's La Liga clash with Granada on October 29, 2016
Luis Suarez "overjoyed" by new Barcelona contract
Barcelona striker Lionel Messi expresses his delight at having signed a new long-term deal with the club and urges Lionel Messi to join him in committing his future.
Dec 15, 20:35
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo poses with the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or award for player of the year during the FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony on January 13, 2014
Xavi: 'Cristiano Ronaldo not worthy of Ballon d'Or award'
Xavi is adamant that former Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi is the best player in the world, despite Cristiano Ronaldo being crowned Ballon d'Or winner for 2016.
Dec 14, 15:52
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
Lionel Messi meets Afghan boy made famous by homemade Argentina shirt
Murtaza Ahmadi, the Afghan boy who became an online hit after wearing a homemade Argentina shirt bearing Lionel Messi's famous number 10, meets his hero in Qatar.
Dec 13, 20:08
Bayern Munich's Polish striker Robert Lewandowski celebrates after the third goal for Munich during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Bayern Muenchen vs VfL Wolfsburg in Munich, on September 22, 2015.
Robert Lewandowski mocks Ballon d'Or awards after finishing 16th in voting
Robert Lewandowski mocks the Ballon d'Or awards after the Bayern Munich and Poland striker finished down in 16th in the voting.
Dec 13, 14:03
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring during the Euro 2016 Group F match between Hungary and Portugal on June 22, 2016
Cristiano Ronaldo "proud and happy" to win Ballon d'Or for fourth time
Real Madrid ace Cristiano Ronaldo airs his delight at winning the 2016 Ballon d'Or, thanking his teammates for helping him pip Lionel Messi to the award.
Dec 12, 20:12
Cristiano Ronaldo holds up the trophy after the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid on May 28, 2016
Cristiano Ronaldo crowned 2016 Ballon d'Or winner
Portugal and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is crowned 2016 Ballon d'Or winner - the fourth time he has earned the prestigious accolade.
Dec 12, 19:08
Luis Enrique looks on prior to the Champions League round-of-16 second leg between Barcelona and Arsenal on March 16, 2016
Luis Enrique hails "ruthless" Barcelona following win over Osasuna
Luis Enrique praises his Barcelona players for their ruthlessness in breaking down a resilient Osasuna side during their La Liga clash on Saturday.
Dec 11, 10:27


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
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2Sevilla18123338221639
3Barcelona18115247173038
4Atletico MadridAtletico18104432141834
5Real Sociedad1810263025532
6Villarreal1887326121431
7Athletic Bilbao188462219328
8Celta Vigo188372932-327
9EibarEibar187562524126
10Las PalmasLas Palmas186662729-224
11Espanyol185852225-323
12AlavesAlaves185761518-322
13Malaga185672631-521
14Real Betis186392030-1021
15Deportivo La CorunaDeportivo184682328-518
16Leganes184591329-1617
17Valencia174492633-716
18Sporting GijonSporting Gijon1833121937-1812
19Granada1817101539-2410
20Osasuna1816111738-219