Lionel Messi

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
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring during the Champions League game between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid on September 26, 2017
Report: Cristiano Ronaldo issues Real Madrid contract ultimatum
A report claims that Cristiano Ronaldo has no intention of signing another new contract at Real Madrid unless his £365,000-a-week wages are increased.
Oct 26, 16:42
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
Team News: Ernesto Valverde opts for much-changed Barcelona side at Real Murcia
Ernesto Valverde rings the changes as Barcelona travel to third-tier Murcia in Tuesday night's Copa del Rey last-32 first leg.
Oct 24, 20:01
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring during the La Liga game between Getafe and Real Madrid on October 14, 2017
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo describes FIFA Best award win as "great moment"
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo says that he is grateful to his fans after winning FIFA Best Men's Player of the Year award for a second time.
Oct 23, 21:37
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring during the Champions League game between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid on September 26, 2017
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo named FIFA Best Men's Player of Year award
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo wins FIFA Best Men's Player of the Year award, beating Lionel Messi and Neymar.
Oct 23, 20:56
Harry Kane celebrates scoring the opener during the Premier League game between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool on October 22, 2017
Harry Kane looking to emulate Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo
Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane sets his sights on emulating the goalscoring feats of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as he nears 50 goals for 2017.
Oct 23, 13:27
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi celebrates scoring during his side's Champions League group game against Juventus at the Camp Nou on September 12, 2017
Barcelona to offer Lionel Messi 'lifetime' contract
Barcelona want Lionel Messi to 'stay at the club for life' as negotiations over a new contract for the Argentina international continue to rumble on.
Oct 22, 09:33
Javier Mascherano and his imaginary friend in the La Liga match between Barcelona and Malaga on November 19, 2016
Result: Barcelona overcome Malaga at Camp Nou
Barcelona stretch their lead at the top of La Liga to four points courtesy of a 2-0 win over basement side Malaga at Camp Nou.
Oct 21, 21:38
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
Team News: Ernesto Valverde sticks with Gerard Deulofeu in attack
Gerard Deulofeu retains his starting spot for Barcelona as they take on Malaga at Camp Nou, with boss Ernesto Valverde making two changes to his side.
Oct 21, 18:52
Gabriel Jesus in action during the Premier League game between Chelsea and Manchester City on September 30, 2017
Gabriel Jesus up against Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele for Golden Boy award
Manchester City and Brazil striker Gabriel Jesus is named in the final three for the Golden Boy award alongside Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele.
Oct 21, 11:11
Neymar is unveiled as a Paris Saint-Germain player on August 4, 2017
Xavi: 'Neymar's Paris Saint-Germain move revealed at Lionel Messi's wedding'
Neymar informed his Barcelona teammates that he wanted to join Paris Saint-Germain at Lionel Messi's wedding in July, according to former teammate Xavi.
Oct 20, 11:08
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi celebrates scoring during his side's Champions League group game against Juventus at the Camp Nou on September 12, 2017
Josep Maria Bartomeu: 'Nobody can compete with Lionel Messi'
Josep Maria Bartomeu insists that Lionel Messi deserves "all the prizes in world football" as he bids to win the Ballon d'Or for a sixth time in January.
Oct 19, 19:27
Lucas Digne in action for Barcelona during their La Liga clash with Granada at the Camp Nou on October 29, 2016
Lucas Digne: 'Lionel Messi proves he is world's best every day'
Barcelona defender Lucas Digne says that teammate Lionel Messi proves every day that he is the best in the world.
Oct 19, 18:10
Neymar and Kylian Mbappe side by side during the Ligue 1 game between Dijon and Paris Saint-Germain on October 14, 2017
Neymar: 'I will help Kylian Mbappe become world's best player'
Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar plans to emulate Lionel Messi by mentoring teammate Kylian Mbappe on his path to superstardom.
Oct 19, 17:44
A general view during the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Real Zaragoza at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 30, 2011
Preview: Real Madrid vs. Eibar
Sports Mole previews Sunday evening's La Liga showdown between Real Madrid and Eibar at the Bernabeu.
Oct 19, 14:52
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi celebrates scoring during his side's Champions League group game against Juventus at the Camp Nou on September 12, 2017
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.
Oct 18, 21:37
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: Barcelona 3-1 Olympiacos - as it happened
Relive Barcelona's 3-1 win over Olympiacos as Lionel Messi scores his 100th European goal to help his 10-man side to a third consecutive Champions League victory.
Oct 18, 18:45
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.
Oct 18, 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



Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona1211103342934
2Valencia1293032112130
3Real Madrid127322291324
4Atletico MadridAtletico126601661024
5Sevilla127141412222
6Villarreal126331912721
7Real Sociedad125342522318
8Leganes12525911-217
9Real Betis125252125-417
10Getafe124441914516
11GironaGirona124441417-316
12Levante123631415-115
13Celta Vigo124262319414
14Espanyol12345915-613
15Athletic Bilbao123361216-412
16Deportivo La CorunaDeportivo123271523-811
17EibarEibar123271125-1411
18Malaga12219925-167
19AlavesAlaves122010620-146
20Las PalmasLas Palmas122010830-226