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 3,699 articles about Lionel Messi. Articles 1 to 40:
Riyad Mahrez celebrates grabbing the equaliser during the Premier League game between Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion on October 16, 2017
Manchester City 'to move for Riyad Mahrez in January'
Manchester City are reportedly planning a January move for Riyad Mahrez after Lionel Messi blocked any possible bid from Barcelona for the Algeria international.
09:52
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Esterno Valverde: 'Now people will calm down about Luis Suarez'
Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde says that people will "calm down" about striker Luis Suarez following his brace in Barca's 3-0 win over Leganes on Saturday.
Nov 19, 09:52
Luis Suarez celebrates scoring during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Espanyol on May 8, 2016
Result: Barcelona win at Leganes to extend lead at the top
A Luis Suarez brace and a last-minute Paulinho help Barcelona to a 3-0 win over Leganes at Estadio Municipal de Butarque.
Nov 18, 17:24
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
Live Commentary: Leganes vs. Barcelona - as it happened
Relive Barcelona's win at Leganes with Sports Mole live text coverage.
Nov 18, 14:13
Gerard Deulofeu celebrates with Lionel Messi after scoring during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Malaga on October 21, 2017
Preview: Leganes vs. Barcelona
Sports Mole previews Saturday afternoon's La Liga meeting between Leganes and Barcelona at Estadio Municipal de Butarque.
Nov 17, 12:55
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi celebrates scoring during his side's Champions League group game against Juventus at the Camp Nou on September 12, 2017
Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour 'made vow to sign Lionel Messi'
Former Manchester City striker Robinho claims that the club's owner Sheikh Mansour made a promise to sign Lionel Messi when taking over at the Etihad Stadium.
Nov 16, 13:05
Landry N'Guemo of Cameroon controls the ball against Paulinho of Brazil during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Cameroon and Brazil at Estadio Nacional on June 23, 2014
Paulinho: 'Neymar, Lionel Messi key in Barcelona move'
Brazil midfielder Paulinho reveals that Neymar and Lionel Messi were both key in him moving to Barcelona in the summer.
Nov 15, 19:08
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 signs new Barcelona contract?
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi signs a new deal at the club, according to La Liga's president Javier Tebas.
Nov 15, 10:11
Kevin De Bruyne celebrates opening the scoring during the Premier League game between Manchester City and Arsenal on November 5, 2017
Kevin De Bruyne not interested in Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi comparisons
Manchester City and Belgium attacker Kevin De Bruyne plays down comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Nov 13, 15:35
Dele Alli celebrates scoring during the Champions League group game between Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid on November 1, 2017
Lionel Messi calls for Barcelona to sign Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli?
Lionel Messi reportedly encourages Barcelona to try to beat Real Madrid to the signing of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli.
Nov 13, 12:29
Lionel Messi in action during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Real Madrid on December 3, 2016
Lionel Messi explains early exit from Argentina camp
Lionel Messi hopes that his week-long break will help him enter next year's World Cup finals in peak fitness for Argentina.
Nov 12, 20:10
Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero embrace during an Argentina training session on September 06, 2013.
Jorge Sampaoli talks up Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero partnership
Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli says that he is happy with the link-up play on show from his players in the 1-0 win over Russia.
Nov 11, 21:11
Lionel Messi during an Argentina training session on March 22, 2016
Argentina forward Lionel Messi returns to Barcelona
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi returns from international duty with Argentina early, but it is not thought to be injury related.
Nov 11, 20:09
Brazil's goalkeeper Julio Cesar makes a save during the round of 16 football match between Brazil and Chile at The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 28, 2014
Julio Cesar: 'Neymar best player in the world'
Former Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar brands Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar "the best player in the world today".
Nov 11, 17:34
Jordi Alba leaves the field injured in the Champions League match between Barcelona and Manchester City on October 19, 2016
Jordi Alba defends comments on former Barcelona teammate Neymar
Barcelona defender Jordi Albi says that he did not mean to "belittle" former teammate Neymar by saying that he was playing with greater confidence at Camp Nou.
Nov 11, 12:30
Lionel Messi during an Argentina training session on March 22, 2016
Lionel Messi: 'We want to avoid Spain'
Lionel Messi reveals that Argentina are desperate to avoid Spain in the group stages of the 2018 World Cup.
Nov 9, 14:03
Javier Mascherano in action for Liverpool
Javier Mascherano linked with Liverpool return
Liverpool reportedly table a shock bid to bring back former defender Javier Mascherano from Barcelona.
Nov 9, 07:45
Lionel Messi during an Argentina training session on March 22, 2016
Lionel Messi angered by claims he holds big influence in Argentina set-up
Argentina and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi hits out at accusations that he chooses the coaches and players for the national team.
Nov 8, 21:50
Luis Suarez and Neymar joke in training ahead of the Champions League clash between Arsenal and Barcelona on February 22, 2016
Luis Suarez: 'Barcelona miss special Neymar'
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez admits that the club miss Neymar both on and off the field following his world-record summer move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Nov 8, 20:10
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: 'My desire is to play for Newell's Old Boys'
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi reiterates that it remains an ambition of his to play for childhood club Newell's Old Boys before he brings an end to his career.
Nov 8, 19:21
Lionel Messi during an Argentina training session on March 22, 2016
Argentina forward Lionel Messi: 'Spain team to avoid at World Cup'
Argentina's Lionel Messi tips Brazil, Germany and Spain as the favourites to win next summer's World Cup, admitting that he would like to avoid the latter in particular.
Nov 8, 16:30
Luis Suarez in action for Barcelona during their La Liga clash with Granada at the Camp Nou on October 29, 2016
Luis Suarez: 'I will return in spectacular condition'
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez hopes to return to peak fitness following the two-week international break after being left out of Uruguay's squad.
Nov 8, 11:13
Andres Iniesta celebrates with Lionel Messi after scoring during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Malaga on October 21, 2017
Andres Iniesta: '600 games nothing for Lionel Messi'
Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta tips Lionel Messi to set a potentially unbeatable appearance record for the Catalan giants.
Nov 6, 15:48
Roy Hodgson plays it cool during the Premier League game between Crystal Palace and Chelsea on October 14, 2017
Roy Hodgson: 'Comparing Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo pointless'
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson says that comparing Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane to Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo is a "pointless exercise".
Nov 3, 22:29
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi celebrates scoring during his side's Champions League group game against Juventus at the Camp Nou on September 12, 2017
Preview: Barcelona vs. Sevilla
Sports Mole previews the La Liga encounter at Camp Nou between Barcelona and Sevilla.
Nov 2, 14:40
Sexy Luis Suarez in action for Barcelona during their La Liga clash with Granada at the Camp Nou on October 29, 2016
Ernesto Valverde: 'The goals will come for Luis Suarez'
Ernesto Valverde says that he is happy with the recent performances of Luis Suarez, despite the Barcelona striker going four games without scoring a goal.
Nov 1, 14:41
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
Result: Toothless Barcelona held by Olympiacos in Athens
Barcelona miss the chance to qualify for the last 16 with two games to spare, having been held to a goalless draw by Olympiacos in Athens.
Oct 31, 21:37
Ernesto Valverde head coach of Athletic Bilbao during the first leg of UEFA Champions League qualifying play-offs round match between SSC Napoli and Athletic Club on August 19, 2014
Live Commentary: Olympiacos 0-0 Barcelona - as it happened
Relive the goalless draw between Olympiacos and Barcelona as the hosts keep Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and co at bay in their Champions League clash in Athens.
Oct 31, 18:45
Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo greet each other on October 17, 2017
Mauricio Pochettino: 'Harry Kane very similar to Cristiano Ronaldo'
Mauricio Pochettino says that Cristiano Ronaldo is a 'phenomenon and true example' to others, such as Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane.
Oct 31, 16:45
Lionel Messi in action during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Real Madrid on December 3, 2016
Barcelona star Lionel Messi 'unimpressed with Ernesto Valverde's tactics'
Barcelona star Lionel Messi is reportedly unimpressed with Ernesto Valverde's style of play, despite the team's unbeaten run in La Liga.
Oct 31, 10:28
Neymar sees red during the Ligue 1 game between Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain on October 22, 2017
Neymar 'regrets leaving Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain'
Neymar is reportedly unhappy at Paris Saint-Germain and misses his life in Barcelona.
Oct 30, 20:20
Ernesto Valverde head coach of Athletic Bilbao during the first leg of UEFA Champions League qualifying play-offs round match between SSC Napoli and Athletic Club on August 19, 2014
Preview: Olympiacos vs. Barcelona
Sports Mole rounds up the predicted lineups, team news and form guide ahead of Barcelona's Group D visit to face Olympiacos in the Champions League.
Oct 29, 18:52
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: 'Barcelona lucky to have Lionel Messi'
Argentina international forward Lionel Messi is currently "the best player in the world", according to his Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde.
Oct 29, 14:44
Neymar in action for Brazil at the 2016 Olympic Games
Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar latest player to be 'targeted by ISIS'
Neymar and Lionel Messi are used in the latest wave of ISIS propaganda material, a couple of days on from France manager Didier Deschamps being targeted.
Oct 29, 13:20
Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen in action during his side's Champions League clash with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on November 1, 2016
Sergio Busquets: 'Barcelona win over Athletic Bilbao belongs to Marc-Andre ter Stegen'
Sergio Busquets insists that Barcelona have goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to thank for their 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao at the San Mames on Saturday night.
Oct 29, 10:45
Ernesto Valverde head coach of Athletic Bilbao during the first leg of UEFA Champions League qualifying play-offs round match between SSC Napoli and Athletic Club on August 19, 2014
Result: Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao at San Mames
Lionel Messi and Paulinho score the goals as Barcelona record a 2-0 win at Athletic Bilbao in La Liga on Saturday night.
Oct 28, 21:35
Jose Mourinho gives instructions to Anthony Martial during the Premier League game between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur on October 28, 2017
Gary Neville: 'Anthony Martial could be one of world's top players'
Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville claims that Anthony Martial has the ability to become one of the best players in the world.
Oct 28, 20:37
Didier Deschamps of France reacts during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match between France and Germany at Maracana on July 4, 2014
ISIS 'threaten France boss Didier Deschamps with mock picture'
France manager Didier Deschamps is the latest football-related figure to seemingly be targeted by ISIS, a week on from Lionel Messi being given the same treatment.
Oct 28, 12:55
Arda Turan reacts to a missed chance during the La Liga game between Real Sociedad and Barcelona on April 9, 2016
Barcelona 'to put five players up for sale next summer'
Arda Turan heads a list of five players Barcelona are keen to offload at the end of the season to make way for others, according to a report.
Oct 27, 13:48
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
Camp Nou naming rights deal edges another step closer?
Barcelona are reportedly in discussions with Spanish pharmaceutical company Grifols over the naming rights to their Camp Nou home.
Oct 26, 18:41



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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona1211103342934
2Valencia1293032112130
3Real Madrid127322291324
4Atletico MadridAtletico126601661024
5Sevilla127141412222
6Villarreal126331912721
7Real Sociedad125342522318
8Real Betis115242120117
9Leganes12525911-217
10Getafe124441914516
11GironaGirona124441417-316
12Levante123631415-115
13Celta Vigo124262319414
14Espanyol12345915-613
15Athletic Bilbao123361216-412
16Deportivo La CorunaDeportivo123271523-811
17EibarEibar11227625-198
18Malaga12219925-167
19AlavesAlaves122010620-146
20Las PalmasLas Palmas122010830-226