Lionel Messi

Born: June 24, 1987 (age 30)

Height: 5'6.5" (170cm)
Weight: 11st 5lb (72kg)

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 3,644 articles about Lionel Messi. Articles 1 to 40:
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi celebrates scoring during his side's Champions League group game against Juventus at the Camp Nou on September 12, 2017
Result: Lionel Messi scores 100th European goal as 10-man Barcelona ease past Olympiacos
Barcelona move to the brink of qualification for the last 16 with a 3-1 win over Olympiacos, despite being forced to play more than half of the match with 10 men.
21:37
Everton's Spanish midfielder Gerard Deulofeu celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Sunderland at Goodison Park in Liverpool on November 1, 2015.
Team News: Gerard Deulofeu starts for Barcelona
Gerard Deulofeu returns to the fold as Barcelona welcome Olympiacos in the Champions League.
18:40
Marcelo for Real Madrid on December 9, 2014
Real Madrid defender Marcelo accused of tax fraud in Spain
Spanish prosecutors accuse Real Madrid defender Marcelo of defrauding local tax authorities of €490,917 (£437,753) in 2013.
Oct 17, 17:41
Athletic Bilbao's coach Ernesto Valverde looks on during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs Athletic Club Bilbao at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on April 20, 2014
Preview: Barcelona vs. Olympiacos
Sports Mole looks ahead to Wednesday's Champions League clash between Barcelona and Olympiacos at Camp Nou.
Oct 17, 08:58
Andre Gomes in action for Portugal in June 2017
Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez 'stunned by decision to start Andre Gomes'
Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez were reportedly unhappy with Ernesto Valverde's selection gamble to hand Andre Gomes his first start of the season against Atletico Madrid.
Oct 15, 20:48
Lionel Messi in action during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Real Madrid on December 3, 2016
Diego Simeone hails "extraordinary" Barcelona forward Lionel Messi
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone believes that Lionel Messi "played a tremendous match" for Barcelona, a few days on from helping Argentina to the World Cup finals.
Oct 15, 14:17
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi celebrates scoring during his side's Champions League group game against Juventus at the Camp Nou on September 12, 2017
Ernesto Valverde: 'Lionel Messi starting to look tired'
Ernesto Valverde admits that Lionel Messi "is tired after games" following a busy start to the season, but believes that he is still capable of hitting his top levels.
Oct 15, 14:04
Diego Simeone gestures during the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid on May 28, 2016
Result: Atletico Madrid, Barcelona share the spoils at Wanda Metropolitano
Luis Suarez cancels out a first-half effort from Saul Niguez as Barcelona come from behind to draw 1-1 with Atletico Madrid at Wanda Metropolitano.
Oct 14, 21:40
Andre Gomes in action for Portugal in June 2017
Team News: Andre Gomes handed Barcelona start for Atletico Madrid trip
Andre Gomes starts in attack for Barcelona as they take on Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Oct 14, 19:12
Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona during their La Liga clash with Granada at the Camp Nou on October 29, 2016
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi 'considering fresh start at Manchester City'
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is reportedly contemplating the possibility of ending his time at Camp Nou in order to sign for Manchester City.
Oct 13, 10:10
Javier Mascherano of Argentina reacts during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match between Argentina and Belgium at Estadio Nacional on July 5, 2014
Javier Mascherano to quit Argentina duty next year
Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano targets World Cup success next summer with Argentina before retiring from international football.
Oct 12, 16:41
Sergio Aguero is pursued by Village People fan Serge Aurier during the Champions League quarter-final between Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain on April 12, 2016
Preview: Atletico Madrid vs. Barcelona
Sports Mole previews Saturday's La Liga clash between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Oct 12, 15:21
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi celebrates scoring during his side's Champions League group game against Juventus at the Camp Nou on September 12, 2017
Lionel Messi 'to land £80m signing-on bonus'
Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi could reportedly land an £80m signing-on bonus with his new contract, which may be paid for using Camp Nou's naming rights.
Oct 12, 14:42
Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero embrace during an Argentina training session on September 06, 2013.
Sergio Aguero: 'Signing Lionel Messi would be complicated'
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero acknowledges that trying to sign Lionel Messi would be "complicated" because the 30-year-old is Barcelona's "symbol".
Oct 11, 22:24
Tite participates in a Brazil training session at the team headquarters in Sao Paulo on June 15, 2016
Tite: 'Brazil are one of the World Cup favourites'
Brazil head coach Tite says that his team are one of the favourites heading into the 2018 World Cup.
Oct 11, 17:53
Gareth Bale in action during the World Cup qualifier between Wales and Austria on September 2, 2017
Best XI: Players to have missed out on World Cup qualification
Sports Mole selects the best XI of players who have failed to qualify for next summer's World Cup, including Alexis Sanchez, Gareth Bale and two Ballon d'Or nominees.
Oct 11, 17:40
Paulo Dybala in action for Juventus in the Coppa Italia final against Lazio on May 17, 2017
Paulo Dybala: 'I'm lucky to see Lionel Messi up close'
Argentine forward Paulo Dybala describes himself as "lucky" to be able to see Lionel Messi up close.
Oct 11, 17:31
Eden Hazard in action during the Champions League game between Chelsea and Qarabag on September 12, 2017
Chelsea's Eden Hazard: 'Winning Ballon d'Or has never been goal of mine'
Chelsea star Eden Hazard insists that he has never had ambitions to win the Ballon d'Or.
Oct 11, 17:17
Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho reacts after scoring during his side's Premier League clash with Newcastle United at St James' Park on October 1, 2017
Barcelona: 'We are ready to buy Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho in January'
Barcelona chief executive Oscar Grau confirms that the club are "ready" to move for Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho in January.
Oct 11, 16:11
Germany's defender and captain Philipp Lahm (front-R) holds up the World Cup trophy as he celebrates on with his teammates after winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup final on July 13, 2014
World Cup 2018: Who has qualified for Russia?
Sports Mole rounds up who has qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia so far, and how they got there.
Oct 11, 12:25
Lionel Messi during an Argentina training session on March 22, 2016
Argentina star Lionel Messi: 'Everything went perfectly for us'
Argentina hat-trick hero Lionel Messi says that "everything went perfectly" in a dramatic win over Ecuador, which resulted in qualification for the 2018 World Cup.
Oct 11, 11:46
Argentina's forward and captain Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Group F football match between Argentina and Bosnia Hercegovina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio De Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 15, 20
Result: Lionel Messi scores hat-trick to drag Argentina into World Cup finals
Lionel Messi scores a hat-trick to fire Argentina to the World Cup courtesy of a crucial 3-1 win over Ecuador.
Oct 11, 02:24
Jorge Sampaoli of Chile looks on during the international friendly match between Chile and Iraq at the Brondby Stadium on August 14, 2013
Jorge Sampaoli: 'Argentina deserve to reach World Cup'
Argentina head coach Jorge Sampaoli believes that his nation "deserves" to be at the World Cup ahead of their pivotal final qualifier in Ecuador on Tuesday night.
Oct 10, 20:36
Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann during the Champions League match against Leicester City on April 18, 2017
Barcelona hope to secure cheap deal for Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann?
Barcelona will reportedly hope to seal Antoine Griezmann's signature from Atletico Madrid before his value rises.
Oct 9, 19:33
Lionel Messi in action during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Real Madrid on December 3, 2016
Manchester City consider bid for Barcelona forward Lionel Messi in January?
Manchester City are reportedly open to the possibility of lodging a world-record bid for Barcelona forward Lionel Messi ahead of the January transfer window.
Oct 9, 13:45
Neymar in action during the Ligue 1 match between Guingamp and Paris Saint-Germain on August 13, 2017
First five Ballon d'Or 2017 nominees revealed
Two Real Madrid players have been nominated for the 2017 Ballon d'Or award, while Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar and Juventus ace Paulo Dybala are also in the running.
Oct 9, 09:25
Paulo Dybala scores during the game between Juventus and Hellas Verona on January 6, 2016
David Trezeguet: 'Paulo Dybala can win Ballon d'Or'
Juventus legend David Trezeguet believes that Bianconeri talisman Paulo Dybala can win the Ballon d'Or in the near future.
Oct 8, 18:00
Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho in action during his side's Premier League clash with Newcastle United at St James' Park on October 1, 2017
Emre Can: 'Philippe Coutinho is best player I've seen'
Liverpool midfielder Emre Can selects Philippe Coutinho as the most talented player he has played with or against during his career.
Oct 7, 21:59
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi celebrates scoring during his side's Champions League group game against Juventus at the Camp Nou on September 12, 2017
Andres Iniesta: 'Barcelona cannot live without Lionel Messi'
Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta is desperate for teammate Lionel Messi to join him in signing a new long-term deal at Camp Nou.
Oct 6, 20:32
Ricardo Carvalho of Chelsea in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Fulham at Stamford Bridge on December 28, 2009
Ricardo Carvalho handed seven-month jail sentence
Ricardo Carvalho is sentenced to seven months in prison and fined £128,222 for crimes against the Spanish tax authority, relating to his time at Real Madrid.
Oct 6, 20:21
Angel Correa celebrates with Saul Niguez during the La Liga game between Atletico Madrid and Brentford on April 17, 2016
Saul Niguez: 'Atletico Madrid can damage Barcelona'
Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez insists that his team "can damage" Barcelona in their La Liga meeting after the international break.
Oct 6, 14:56
Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti takes his seat during the Premier League game between Chelsea and Middlesbrough on May 8, 2017
Markus Babbel slams Franck Ribery over Carlo Ancelotti sacking
Former Bayern Munich defender Markus Babbel criticises the club's players following the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti.
Oct 3, 20:24
Harry Kane in action during an England training session on March 22, 2016
Preview: England vs. Slovenia
Sports Mole previews England's crucial World Cup qualifier against Slovenia, with the Three Lions just one win away from booking their place at Russia 2018.
Oct 3, 14:57
Athletic Bilbao's coach Ernesto Valverde looks on during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs Athletic Club Bilbao at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on April 20, 2014
Ernesto Valverde: 'Barcelona were put in difficult position'
Ernesto Valverde claims that Barcelona's decision to play against Las Palmas at an empty Camp Nou was an "exceptional gesture", amid scenes of violence in Catalonia.
Oct 1, 20:19
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi celebrates scoring during his side's Champions League group game against Juventus at the Camp Nou on September 12, 2017
Result: Barcelona beat Las Palmas in empty Camp Nou
Barcelona continue their 100% start to the 2017-18 La Liga campaign courtesy of a 3-0 win over Las Palmas in Sunday afternoon's behind-closed-doors match at Camp Nou.
Oct 1, 17:05
Harry Kane in action during the Premier League game between Huddersfield Town and Tottenham Hotspur on September 30, 2017
Gary Neville hails "world-class" Harry Kane
Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville says that Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane should now be regarded as one of the best centre-forwards in world football.
Sep 30, 20:36
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
Preview: Barcelona vs. Las Palmas
Sports Mole previews Sunday afternoon's La Liga meeting between leaders Barcelona and Las Palmas at Camp Nou.
Sep 29, 10:23
Andres Iniesta of Barcelona and Spain happily poses for photographs at the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2015 at the Kongresshaus on January 11, 2016
Andres Iniesta hints at imminent new Barcelona deal
Andres Iniesta says that "good news is coming soon", amid recent suggestions that he is planning on quitting Barcelona at the end of the campaign.
Sep 28, 21:25
Mauricio Pochettino embraces Harry Kane during the Champions League game between Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund on September 13, 2017
Mauricio Pochettino: 'Still more to come from Harry Kane'
Mauricio Pochettino insists that Harry Kane can still improve his all-round game, describing the Tottenham Hotspur striker's instincts in front of goal as "killer".
Sep 28, 19:42
Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane celebrates scoring for his side during their Champions League Group H clash with Borussia Dortmund at Wembley on September 13, 2017
Hugo Lloris: 'Harry Kane is the main player at Tottenham Hotspur'
Hugo Lloris insists that Harry Kane is the main player at Tottenham Hotspur much like Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid or Lionel Messi at Barcelona.
Sep 28, 09:31



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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona87102432122
2Valencia853021101118
3Real Madrid8521157817
4Atletico MadridAtletico8440135816
5Sevilla851294516
6Leganes842273414
7Real Sociedad84131917213
8Villarreal84131110113
9Real Betis84131717013
10Celta Vigo83231813511
11Athletic Bilbao8323109111
12Levante8242810-210
13Espanyol8233711-49
14Getafe822410918
15Deportivo La CorunaDeportivo8224916-78
16EibarEibar8215317-147
17GironaGirona8134713-66
18Las PalmasLas Palmas8206718-116
19AlavesAlaves8107312-93
20Malaga8017418-141