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 3,782 articles about Lionel Messi. Articles 1 to 40:
Andres Iniesta celebrates with Lionel Messi after scoring during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Malaga on October 21, 2017
Preview: Real Betis vs. Barcelona - prediction, team news, lineups
Sports Mole provides the team news, lineups and a full preview of Sunday's La Liga clash between Real Betis and Barcelona.
Jan 19, 17:55
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring during the Champions League game between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid on September 26, 2017
Report: Real Madrid reject Cristiano Ronaldo contract demands
Real Madrid have reportedly rejected Cristiano Ronaldo's wage demands and are now more open to the prospect of selling the Portuguese forward in the summer.
Jan 19, 11:45
Ernesto Valverde pictured in 2016
Ernesto Valverde: 'Barcelona players lacked composure against Espanyol'
Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde suggests that Lionel Messi's missed penalty against Espanyol acted as a turning point in the Copa del Rey clash, which his side lost 1-0.
Jan 18, 19:02
Quique Sanchez Flores in charge of Espanyol in November 2016
Result: Espanyol beat Barcelona at RCDE Stadium
Oscar Melendo comes off the bench to net an 88th-minute winner as Espanyol record a 1-0 victory over Barcelona in the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final.
Jan 17, 21:54
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi celebrates scoring during his side's Champions League group game against Juventus at the Camp Nou on September 12, 2017
Live Commentary: Espanyol 1-0 Barcelona - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live commentary of the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarter-final between Espanyol and Barcelona, which finished 1-0.
Jan 17, 19:00
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 breaks Gerd Muller goalscoring record
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi scores his 366th La Liga goal to surpass Gerd Muller's record for most goals in one of Europe's top five leagues.
Jan 14, 22:10
Luis Suarez in action for Barcelona during their La Liga clash with Granada at the Camp Nou on October 29, 2016
Result: Luis Suarez nets brace in Barcelona win
Barcelona come from two goals behind to record a 4-2 win over Real Sociedad in Sunday night's pulsating La Liga clash at the Anoeta.
Jan 14, 21:37
Sergio Busquets in action for Barcelona in October 2016
Live Commentary: Real Sociedad 2-4 Barcelona - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live commentary of the La Liga clash between Real Sociedad and Barcelona from the Anoeta, which ended in a 4-2 away win.
Jan 14, 18:45
Mauricio Pochettino embraces Harry Kane during the Champions League game between Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund on September 13, 2017
Mauricio Pochettino tips Harry Kane to break Premier League goalscoring record
Mauricio Pochettino says that Harry Kane's willingness to improve will see him continue to set goalscoring records on a regular basis.
Jan 13, 22:29
Mesut Ozil celebrates scoring with Alexis Sanchez during the Premier League game between Arsenal and Huddersfield Town on November 29, 2017
Jamie Redknapp critical of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez situation at Arsenal
Jamie Redknapp describes the ongoing contract situation at Arsenal involving Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez as "ridiculous".
Jan 13, 09:24
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 smash five past Celta Vigo to reach Copa del Rey quarter-finals
Barcelona cruise into the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey thanks to a 6-1 aggregate win over Celta Vigo, achieved with a 5-0 last-16 second-leg win at Camp Nou.
Jan 11, 22:26
Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo greet each other on October 17, 2017
Harry Kane "proud" to rival Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo
Tottenham Hotspur ace Harry Kane reveals the lengths that he has gone to away from the field to become one of the world's most feared strikers.
Jan 10, 18:11
Leroy Sane in action during the Premier League game between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur on December 16, 2017
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola: 'Leroy Sane must improve'
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says that he wants to see Leroy Sane make improvements to his game in the coming years.
Jan 8, 13:04
Philippe Coutinho's Barcelona shirt pictured on January 6, 2018
Philippe Coutinho relishing chance to play with "idols"
New Barcelona signing Philippe Coutinho says that he is relishing the chance to play alongside some of his "idols" at Camp Nou.
Jan 8, 10:02
Andres Iniesta in action for Barcelona in December 2016
Result: Barcelona move 17 points clear of Real Madrid in La Liga
Barcelona move 17 points clear of Spanish champions Real Madrid in La Liga courtesy of a 3-0 win over Levante.
Jan 7, 17:10
Cristiano Ronaldo is stunned during the Champions League group game between Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid on November 1, 2017
Cristiano Ronaldo to get £600,000 per week at Real Madrid?
Real Madrid are reportedly prepared to offer wages of £600,000 per week to Cristiano Ronaldo in order to keep the Portuguese superstar at the Bernabeu.
Jan 3, 19:14
Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo greet each other on October 17, 2017
Hugo Lloris: 'Harry Kane is level with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo'
Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris claims that Harry Kane is "by the side" of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo following his record-breaking 2017.
Dec 28, 12:39
Harry Kane rues a missed opportunity in Tottenham Hotspur's Premier League match against Stoke City on December 9, 2017
Arsene Wenger hails "fantastic" Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane
Arsene Wenger heaps praise on Harry Kane for his "absolutely amazing" achievement of ending 2017 as the top scorer in Europe's top five leagues.
Dec 27, 16:12
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Dermot Gallagher: 'Referee should have avoided El Clasico red card'
Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher says that the official in Saturday's El Clasico should have avoided giving a red card to Real Madrid's Dani Carvajal.
Dec 27, 14:41
Eden Hazard in action during the Champions League game between Chelsea and Qarabag on September 12, 2017
Chelsea winger Eden Hazard: 'Barcelona's Lionel Messi is best player in world'
Chelsea winger Eden Hazard says that he regards Barcelona forward Lionel Messi as the best player in world football.
Dec 27, 12:00
Harry Kane chats to Mauricio Pochettino during the Premier League game between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool on October 22, 2017
Mauricio Pochettino: 'Harry Kane one of the best in the world'
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino declares Harry Kane one of the best strikers in world football following his record-breaking hat-trick against Southampton.
Dec 26, 21:57
Harry Kane chats to Mauricio Pochettino during the Premier League game between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool on October 22, 2017
Mauricio Pochettino: 'Harry Kane deserves Premier League record'
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino insists that Harry Kane "deserved" to break the Premier League calendar year goalscoring record.
Dec 26, 15:40
Harry Kane in action during the Premier League game between Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City on September 16, 2017
Harry Kane hails "fantastic year" after breaking calendar year scoring record
Harry Kane acknowledges that 2017 has been "a fantastic year" after the Tottenham Hotspur striker broke the record for Premier League goals scored in a single calendar year.
Dec 26, 15:18
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane at the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid on May 28,.2016
Zinedine Zidane 'accepts criticism' for team selection
Zinedine Zidane insists that he has no regrets over leaving Isco on the bench for the El Clasico clash with Barcelona, despite Real Madrid falling to a heavy 3-0 defeat.
Dec 23, 20:51
Andres Iniesta in action for Barcelona in December 2016
Andres Iniesta: 'Do not write off Real Madrid'
Barcelona star Andres Iniesta insists that Real Madrid cannot be written off in their bid to retain the La Liga title despite falling to a 3-0 defeat in El Clasico.
Dec 23, 16:16
Isco in action during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Real Madrid on December 3, 2016
Isco slams Spanish press after El Clasico warm-up refusal claims
Real Madrid midfielder Isco lashes out at claims that he refused to warm up as a substitute during his side's 3-0 hammering at the hands of Barcelona.
Dec 23, 15:48
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane watches on on November 1, 2017
Zinedine Zidane: 'Nothing needs changing at Real Madrid'
Zinedine Zidane is adamant that Real Madrid "don't need to change anything" despite falling to a humbling 3-0 home defeat against Barcelona on Saturday.
Dec 23, 15:19
Andres Iniesta celebrates with Lionel Messi after scoring during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Malaga on October 21, 2017
Result: Barcelona beat Real Madrid at the Bernabeu to move nine points clear
Barcelona cruise to a 3-0 win over Real Madrid at the Bernabeu to move nine points clear at the top of La Liga and 14 clear of their Clasico rivals.
Dec 23, 13:55
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring during the Champions League game between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid on September 26, 2017
Team News: Cristiano Ronaldo fit to start for Real Madrid
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is fit to start in Saturday's El Clasico fixture with Barcelona at the Bernabeu.
Dec 23, 10:57
Cristiano Ronaldo scores past Gerard Pique during the Supercopa de Espana first-leg match between Barcelona and Real Madrid on August 13, 2017
Live Commentary: Real Madrid 0-3 Barcelona - as it happened
Relive Barcelona's 3-0 victory over Real Madrid at the Bernabeu as the defending champions fall 14 points adrift of the Liga leaders.
Dec 23, 10:00
Cristiano Ronaldo scores past Gerard Pique during the Supercopa de Espana first-leg match between Barcelona and Real Madrid on August 13, 2017
This weekend's biggest games in world football
Sports Mole rounds up this weekend's biggest, best and most important games from all corners of the globe.
Dec 22, 07:00
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi celebrates scoring during his side's Champions League group game against Juventus at the Camp Nou on September 12, 2017
Xavi: 'No comparison between Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo'
Xavi claims that "there is no comparison" between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the Barcelona maestro makes more of a difference in games.
Dec 21, 14:39
Cristiano Ronaldo is stunned during the Champions League group game between Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid on November 1, 2017
Report: Cristiano Ronaldo to delay Real Madrid contract talks until June
Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly agrees to delay negotiations on a new contract with Real Madrid until the end of the current season.
Dec 20, 21:09
Luis Suarez in action for Barcelona during their La Liga clash with Granada at the Camp Nou on October 29, 2016
Result: Barcelona too strong for Deportivo La Coruna
Barcelona move six points clear at the top of La Liga courtesy of a 4-0 win over Deportivo La Coruna at Camp Nou.
Dec 17, 21:40
Antoine Griezmann celebrates scoring for Atletico Madrid on September 17, 2017
Antoine Griezmann closer to Barcelona after Josep Maria Bartomeu meets family?
Barcelona are reportedly stepping up their interest in Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann after club president Josep Bartomeu met with the forward's family.
Dec 17, 21:05
Kaka in action for Brazil in 2013
Former Brazil midfielder Kaka announces retirement from football
Former AC Milan, Real Madrid and Brazil midfielder Kaka announces his retirement from professional football at the age of 35.
Dec 17, 17:43
Andres Iniesta celebrates with Lionel Messi after scoring during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Malaga on October 21, 2017
Preview: Barcelona vs. Deportivo La Coruna - prediction, team news, lineups
Sports Mole provides predicted lineups, team news and a full match preview of unbeaten Barcelona's home match against Deportivo La Coruna at Camp Nou.
Dec 15, 14:18
Cristiano Ronaldo is stunned during the Champions League group game between Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid on November 1, 2017
This weekend's biggest games in world football
Sports Mole rounds up the weekend's biggest, best and most important matches from all over the world.
Dec 15, 07:00
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi celebrates scoring during his side's Champions League group game against Juventus at the Camp Nou on September 12, 2017
Gabriel Batistuta: 'Argentina have not adapted to Lionel Messi'
Former Argentina striker Gabriel Batistuta believes that Barcelona have adapted to Lionel Messi better than his country, and so have yielded more reward.
Dec 13, 17:52
Zlatan Ibrahimovic gives the thumbs-up ahead of the Premier League game between Manchester United and Newcastle United on November 18, 2017
Zlatan Ibrahimovic: 'Pep Guardiola was immature with me'
Zlatan Ibrahimovic describes Pep Guardiola as the "most immature" coach of his career after their falling-out at Barcelona.
Dec 13, 09:15

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona1916305294351
2Atletico MadridAtletico2012712992043
3Valencia20124441212040
4Villarreal2010462822634
5Real Madrid1895432171532
6Sevilla2010282628-232
7EibarEibar198382431-727
8GironaGirona207672929027
9Getafe207672520527
10Real Betis198383336-327
11Athletic Bilbao206862322126
12Celta Vigo197483327625
13Leganes197481719-225
14Espanyol206681625-924
15Real Sociedad196583334-123
16AlavesAlaves2061131629-1319
17Levante203981628-1218
18Deportivo La CorunaDeportivo1944112137-1616
19Las PalmasLas Palmas2042141647-3114
20Malaga1932141333-2011
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