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)
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Career History
Youth2000-2003Barcelona
Senior2004-Barcelona
International2005-Argentina
Sports Mole has 4,057 articles about Lionel Messi. Articles 1 to 40:
Panama manager Hernan Dario Gomez on March 27, 2018
Hernan Dario Gomez: 'Panama will relish World Cup appearance'
Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez says that his side will relish the chance to compete at the World Cup.
Jun 18, 13:29
Cristiano Ronaldo grabs his third during the World Cup group game between Portugal and Spain on June 15, 2018
Preview: Portugal vs. Morocco - prediction, team news, lineups
Sports Mole provides predicted XIs, team news and a full match preview for the World Cup fixture between Portugal and Morocco in Group B.
Jun 18, 12:05
Croatia's Luka Modric in action with Nigeria's John Obi Mikel during the World Cup group-stage match on June 16, 2018
Luka Modric: 'Pressure is on Argentina'
Croatia midfielder Luka Modric says that all of the pressure will be on Argentina when the two teams meet in their second Group D clash at the 2018 World Cup.
Jun 17, 14:59
Sergio Aguero misses a penalty during the World Cup group game between Argentina and Iceland on June 16, 2018
Hannes Halldorsson: 'I did homework for Lionel Messi penalty'
Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson reveals that he studied Lionel Messi's past penalties to help earn his side a point against Argentina.
Jun 17, 12:58
Neymar, Willian and Paulinho celebrate during Brazil's international friendly with Austria in June 2018
Roberto Carlos: 'Willian, Neymar will be best players at World Cup'
Former Brazil international Roberto Carlos backs Willian to be "the best" player at the World Cup alongside Neymar.
Jun 17, 12:24
Sergio Aguero misses a penalty during the World Cup group game between Argentina and Iceland on June 16, 2018
Javier Mascherano: 'Iceland were strong defensively'
Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano admits that his team struggled against Iceland's defensive tactics in their 2018 World Cup opener.
Jun 16, 21:48
Sergio Aguero scores the opener during the World Cup group game between Argentina and Iceland on June 16, 2018
Sergio Aguero: 'Lionel Messi is human'
Sergio Aguero claims that Argentina teammate Lionel Messi simply proved that "he is human" with his penalty miss against Iceland.
Jun 16, 21:15
Lionel Messi during an Argentina training session on June 6, 2018
Lionel Messi: 'Argentina deserved to beat Iceland'
Lionel Messi stresses that Argentina were superior to Iceland in their World Cup opener and deserved to get more out of the Group D opener than a 1-1 draw.
Jun 16, 19:48
Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli on May 30, 2018
Jorge Sampaoli: 'Argentina must come up with alternate strategies'
Argentina head coach Jorge Sampaoli admits that he needs to come up with alternative tactics following Saturday's 1-1 draw with Iceland at the World Cup.
Jun 16, 18:17
Argentina and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi in action during an international friendly with Haiti on May 29, 2018
Jorge Sampaoli: 'Argentina, Iceland game uncomfortable for Lionel Messi'
Jorge Sampaoli admits that Lionel Messi had an "uncomfortable match" as Argentina were held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland in their World Cup Group D encounter in Moscow.
Jun 16, 17:35
Sergio Aguero misses a penalty during the World Cup group game between Argentina and Iceland on June 16, 2018
Hannes Halldorsson: 'Saving Lionel Messi penalty a dream come true'
Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson admits that saving a penalty from Argentina star Lionel Messi in their 1-1 World Cup draw is "a dream come true".
Jun 16, 17:00
Alfred Finnbogason celebrates with teammates after equalising during the World Cup group game between Argentina and Iceland on June 16, 2018
Result: World Cup debutants Iceland hold Argentina to memorable draw in Group D
Lionel Messi misses a second-half penalty as Argentina are held to a 1-1 draw against Iceland in Group D of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Jun 16, 15:54
Iceland manager Heimir Hallgrimsson on June 2, 2018
Heimir Hallgrimsson: 'Iceland have no magic formula against Lionel Messi'
Heimir Hallgrimsson admits that Iceland have no "magic formula" to keep Argentina's Lionel Messi at bay when the two teams lock horns in the World Cup.
Jun 16, 13:21
Argentina and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi in action during an international friendly with Haiti on May 29, 2018
Team News: Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero start for Argentina against World Cup debutants Iceland
Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero start as Argentina get their 2018 World Cup campaign underway against tournament debutants Iceland.
Jun 16, 13:03
Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli on May 30, 2018
Jorge Sampaoli names Argentina starting XI for World Cup meeting with Iceland
Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli names his starting XI for Saturday's World Cup Group D opener against Iceland a day before the match.
Jun 15, 21:00
Argentina players celebrate during their international friendly with Haiti in June 2018
Preview: Argentina vs. Iceland - prediction, team news, lineups
Sports Mole previews the 2018 World Cup action as Argentina and Iceland get their campaigns underway in Group D at the Otkritie Arena in Moscow.
Jun 14, 22:16
Morocco players celebrate after scoring during an international friendly with Slovakia in June 2018
Preview: Morocco vs. Iran - prediction, team news, lineups
Sports Mole previews the 2018 World Cup action as Morocco and Iran get their respective Group B campaigns underway at the St Petersburg Stadium.
Jun 14, 17:10
Germany's Thomas Muller during training ahead of the 2018 World Cup
Will Thomas Muller make World Cup history in Russia?
With less than a week to go until the 2018 World Cup, Sports Mole looks at Thomas Muller's chances of making history as he bids to become the competition's leading scorer.
Jun 14, 10:21
Argentina and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi in action during an international friendly with Haiti on May 29, 2018
Who will win the World Cup Golden Boot?
With less than week to go until the start of this summer's World Cup, Sports Mole looks at some possible contenders to win the Golden Boot.
Jun 14, 10:20
Lionel Messi during an Argentina training session on June 6, 2018
Lionel Messi: 'Progress for Argentina at World Cup won't be easy'
Argentina forward Lionel Messi suggests that the South American nation are prepared for a tough set of fixtures during the group stages of the World Cup.
Jun 13, 17:52
The Argentina team line up before their friendly game with Haiti on May 29, 2018
World Cup preview: Argentina
Ahead of this summer's World Cup in Russia, Sports Mole previews Argentina's chances of going one better than four years ago, when they were beaten in the final.
Jun 13, 10:30
The Denmark squad line up before their friendly with Sweden on June 2, 2018
World Cup preview: Denmark
Ahead of this summer's World Cup in Russia, Sports Mole previews Denmark's chances as they return to the competition after missing out four years ago.
Jun 13, 09:00
The Iran team lines up ahead of their World Cup warm-up game against Turkey in May 2018
World Cup preview: Iran
Ahead of this summer's World Cup in Russia, Sports Mole assesses the chances of an Iran side which was the only Asian nation to go through qualifying unbeaten.
Jun 13, 07:45
Lionel Messi celebrates with his Argentina teammates after clinching qualification for the 2018 World Cup
Willy Caballero: 'Argentina can cope without Lionel Messi'
Argentina goalkeeper Willy Caballero defends his national team, insisting that they could cope without Lionel Messi in the World Cup.
Jun 12, 19:34
Spain's squad lines up for their official 2018 World Cup photoshoot
World Cup preview: Spain
Ahead of this summer's World Cup in Russia, Sports Mole previews the chances of 2010 champions Spain as they look to bounce back from a group-stage exit four years ago.
Jun 12, 15:01
The Uruguay squad lines up for their official photo shoot ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia
World Cup preview: Uruguay
Ahead of this summer's World Cup in Russia, Sports Mole looks at the chances of two-time champions Uruguay.
Jun 12, 13:15
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola watches on during the Premier League clash with Brighton on May 9, 2018
Pep Guardiola: 'I will never manage Barcelona again'
Pep Guardiola has no intention of returning to Barcelona in the future as he does not believe that his previous success there can be replicated.
Jun 10, 16:23
Argentina and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi in action during an international friendly with Haiti on May 29, 2018
Lionel Messi considering international retirement after World Cup
Barcelona ace Lionel Messi will consider quitting international duty with Argentina after this summer's World Cup.
Jun 10, 16:01
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi in action during the La Liga clash with Real Madrid on May 6, 2018
Lionel Messi: 'Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde makes me feel spectacular'
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi says that coach Ernesto Valverde's treatment of the club's players makes him feel "spectacular".
Jun 10, 15:30
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi in action during the La Liga clash with Real Madrid on May 6, 2018
Lionel Messi: 'Barcelona are not dependent on me'
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi plays down claims that the Catalan club are overly dependent on the 30-year-old Argentine's brilliance.
Jun 10, 12:45
Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann celebrates after scoring the 2018 Europa League final on May 16, 2018
Lionel Messi: 'Barcelona need Antoine Griezmann for Champions League'
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi admits that signing Antoine Griezmann from rivals Atletico Madrid this summer would be a "brilliant" coup for his side.
Jun 10, 11:28
Lionel Messi during an Argentina training session on June 6, 2018
Argentina forward Lionel Messi predicts "very even World Cup"
Argentina superstar Lionel Messi expects the most talented individuals in his side to step up in this summer's World Cup.
Jun 9, 18:21
Ryan Bertrand in action for Southampton on April 19, 2018
Ryan Bertrand: 'Gareth Southgate was wrong to leave me out of England squad'
Southampton left-back Ryan Bertrand is determined to prove to Gareth Southgate that he should not have been left behind by England in the World Cup this month.
Jun 9, 12:40
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi in action during the La Liga clash with Real Madrid on May 6, 2018
Lionel Messi would "love" Neymar to return to Barcelona
Lionel Messi admits that he would like to see Neymar one day return to Barcelona.
Jun 7, 20:25
The Nigerian team lines up ahead of the World Cup warm-up match with England at Wembley on June 2, 2018
World Cup preview: Nigeria
Ahead of this summer's World Cup in Russia, Sports Mole previews Nigeria's hopes as the only African team to have qualified for both the 2014 and 2018 tournaments.
Jun 7, 16:51
The Egyptian team lines up ahead of their international friendly with Kuwait in May 2018
World Cup preview: Egypt
Ahead of this summer's World Cup in Russia, Sports Mole looks at Egypt's chances as they gear up for their first taste of the competition for 28 years.
Jun 7, 16:05
Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann celebrates after scoring the 2018 Europa League final on May 16, 2018
Lionel Messi urges Antoine Griezmann to join Barcelona
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi backs the club's pursuit of Antoine Griezmann and urges the Atletico Madrid striker to move to Camp Nou.
Jun 7, 12:07
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah in action during the Premier League clash with Brighton on May 13, 2018
Andrew Robertson: 'There is more to come from Mohamed Salah'
Andrew Robertson suggests that Mohamed Salah can score even more goals next season, dismissing fears that his Liverpool teammate is a one-season wonder.
Jun 5, 09:55
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi in action during the La Liga clash with Real Madrid on May 6, 2018
Shkodran Mustafi: 'Lionel Messi a tougher opponent than Cristiano Ronaldo'
Shkodran Mustafi describes Lionel Messi as the "hardest opponent" that he has faced due to the Barcelona forward's movement.
Jun 3, 16:34
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho patrols the touchline during the 2018 FA Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley
Jose Mourinho tips one of four teams for World Cup glory
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes that one of Portugal, Argentina, Brazil and Spain will win this summer's World Cup.
Jun 3, 15:03

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